|FOUR ROYAL WEST ACADEMY STUDENTS SHARE THE 2013 ROBERT ALFRED PECK PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN FRENCH|
MONTREAL, DECEMBER 5, 2013 – Four students from Royal West Academy in Montreal West have shared the 2013 Robert Alfred Peck Prize for Excellence in French.
Nathalie Wong, Jessie Chevrier, Béatrice Bourdeau-Lévesque and Tian Yi Chen each received marks of 99 percent in Secondary IV French in the 2012-2013 academic year. They were presented with the awards at the November 27 meeting of the EMSB Council of Commissioners in the company of their principal Tony Pita and teacher Milada Prachar. Mr. Pita noted how Ms. Prachar is a cancer survivor who was told to take two month off of work, but refused to do so out of devotion towards her students.
The late Mr. Peck began teaching in the 1930s and served as the superintendent of French for the Ministry of Education and held similar posts with the former Westmount School Board and the former Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal. He was a department head for French at Lachine High School and vice-principal of Riverdale High School on the West Island, having completed his career as a teacher in Africa . Mr. Peck co-authored Le Français Pratique, the textbook for the teaching of French as a second language with Elizabeth Buchanan. It was a mainstay in Quebec Protestant English schools for over 20 years. This prize was established by the Peck family and the EMSB in 2002.
Michael J. Cohen