MONTREAL, MARCH 29, 2012 – Twenty-Four students from 12 EMSB Region 3 elementary schools took part in a celebration of one of humanity’s oldest art forms – storytelling -- at the annual Region 3 Storytelling Festival, which took place on March 28 at Westmount Park School.
This was the third and final EMSB regional storytelling festival that took place in March. Region1 held their festival on March 14 at Pierre de Coubertin Elementary School in St. Leonard. Fraser Academy in Ville St. Laurent hosted the Region 2 storytelling festival on March 21.
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 3 students were: Antonio Hewitt Godoy and Kazaria Davy (Coronation School in Cote des Neiges); Lauren Drummond, Katy Feldman and Madison McLauchlan (Edinburgh School in Montreal West); Ruth Tefera MeKonnen and Nicholas Dahdah (Elizabeth Ballantyne School in Montreal West); George Hua (Hampstead School); Miara Solivo and Jordan Harte (Merton School in Cote St. Luc); Ege Nur Satir and Zoe Pettigrew Zetka (Roslyn School in Westmount); Ashley Jedwab and Andrew Pinck (Royal Vale School in N.D.G.); Diba Khanam and Haya Kalah (St. Gabriel School in Pointe St. Charles); Destini Baribeau-Houle, Abeer Awwad and Mariella Saccomando (St. John Bosco School in Ville Emard); Edgar Hudson-Aguilar (St. Monica School in N.D.G.); Bionce Oliver and Tamisha Subramaniam (Westmount Park School); and Olivia Ciarma and Eric Crotty (Willingdon School in N.D.G.). Absent was Vanessa Eustace (St. Gabriel School in Pointe St. Charles).
A musical interlude took place during the halfway point of the festival, in which a group of Westmount Park students presented two musical dance numbers (including one to the tune of “The Pink Panther” theme) under the direction of dance teacher Paul Bertrand.
Each student was presented with a trophy and certificate by Westmount Park Principal Nathalie Lacroix-Maillette, EMSB Pedagogical Services Assistant Director Christine Denommee, and EMSB Commissioners Patricia Willis and Joseph Lalla. Region 3 Director Paola Miniaci served as master of ceremonies for the event.