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ROYAL WEST AND LAURENHILL STUDENTS TAKE TOP HONOURS AT EMSB PUBLIC SPEAKING CONTEST

MONTREAL, APRIL 15, 2004— Following a two-year absence, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) Public Speaking competition returned on April 16. It took place at the CBC Studios on Boulevard René-Levesque). Bernard St. Laurent, the host of CBC Radio One’s (FM 88.5) afternoon Home Run program served as the moderator.

Secondary IV and V students from eight EMSB schools - John F. Kennedy in St. Michel, LaurenHill in St. Laurent, Rosemount, Westmount, Royal West in Montreal West, Wagar in Côte Saint-Luc and Lester B. Pearson and Perspectives II in Montreal North - competed. Students had two themes to choose from: How can today’s youth play a positive role in society? and How can the youth of today figure into Canada’s political landscape?

Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal (WCCM) President Anne-Marie Larue and Education Committee Chair Betty Rozovsky Simak awarded the Secondary IV Board winner, Anne Bergeron of LaurenHill. with an all expenses paid week to Encounters with Canada in Ottawa. Ms. Bergeron will also be invited to present her speech on "Making a Difference" to a WCCM meeting on May 3. Amanda Stefanovic of Royal West came in second for her talk on "Together We Can Make a Difference." Ali Mahli of Westmount High, who focused on "How Today’s Youth Play A Positive Role in Society," was the third place finisher.

The Secondary V winner, Max Flomen of Royal West, will participate in the Rotary Club of Montreal Public Speaking Competition on May 18. Mr. Flomen’s topic was "Change." Sabrina Magliocco of Rosemount High School came in second on the topic of "Believing You Can," while Casimira Teruel of LaurenHill was third for her address on "A Gift Not Wasted."

Trophies were presented to the winners’ schools while individual plaques and medals were given to the speakers awarded first, second and third place prizes. EMSB Vice Chair Elizabeth Fokoefs gave all participants special certificates.

Adjudicators for the competition were former EMSB Commissioner Joan Rothman, John Paul I Junior High School Principal Eileen Kelly and Rotary Club of Montreal President Andrew Webster.

The top three finishers at each level will be aired on CBC Home Run on Monday, April 19 (Secondary IV) and Tuesday, April 20 (Secondary V)at 4:20 p.m.



Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213
E-mail: mcohen@emsb.qc.ca