MONTREAL, MARCH 26, 2012 – Twenty-Four students from 13 EMSB Region 2 elementary schools took part in a celebration of the art of imaginative and creative storytelling at the annual Region 2 Storytelling Festival, which took place on March 21 at Fraser Academy in Ville St. Laurent.
This was the second of three EMSB regional storytelling festivals. Region1 held their festival on March 14 at Pierre de Coubertin Elementary School in St. Leonard. Region 3 holds their festival next Wednesday, March 28, at Westmount Park Elementary School (15 Park Place) starting at 10 a.m.
In front of an audience made up of parents, principals from the participating schools, EMSB administrators and students from the host schools, the students displayed their storytelling talents, by reciting a story, in either English or French, that was adapted from a book, or was originally written by the students themselves. Each participant won storytelling contests that were held at their respective schools, and were judged on their ability to effectively tell a story.
The participating Region 2 students were: Dominic Nudo and Elena Bostina (Bancroft School in the Plateau); Senthuran Thambiayah and Laetitia Tremblay (Carlyle School in T.M.R.); Andrew McKenna (Cedarcrest School in Ville St. Laurent); Emmanuelle Conyers and Veronica Pereira (Dunrae Gardens School in T.M.R.); Jacqueline Robins (FACE School in downtown Montreal); Oliver Eng and Connor Mansell (Fraser Academy in Ville St. Laurent); Georgia Baloukas and Alessio Palladino (Gardenview School in Ville St. Laurent); Stephanie Loureiro-Patriarca and Vanessa Masciotra (John Caboto Academy in Ahuntsic); Anuntha Elayathamby and Terry Kontakos (Nesbitt School in Rosemount); Sivagamy Sriranganatham and Vy Le (Parkdale School in Ville St. Laurent); Michael; Faraone and Leanna Giovannitti (Pierre Elliott Trudeau School in Rosemount); Frederick Fanous-Schmidt and Mahua Nath (Sinclair Laird School in Park Extension); and Gabriel Masi and Stavros Koutoulas (St. Dorothy School in St. Michel). Absent was Vasiliki Victoria Giannopoulos (Cedarcrest School in Ville St. Laurent).
A musical interlude took place during the halfway point of the festival, in which a group of Fraser Academy students, under the director of music specialist Jacques-Emmanuel Belizaire, performed two numbers from “The Lion King.” As well, the auditorium was decorated with drawings done by several Fraser Academy classes about what storytelling meant to them, including illustrated tributes to classic fairytales, Aesop’s Fables and stories by Dr. Seuss.
Each student was presented with a trophy and certificate by Fraser Academy Principal Franca Cristiano, and EMSB Commissioners Patricia Willis and Liz Leamon. EMSB Pedagogical Services Assistant Director Christine Denommee served as master of ceremonies for the event, who remarked about each student’s talents and abilities to tell a story, whether they be of a humourous, serious or scary nature.