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A record 21 EMSB students awarded prizes for Excellence in French

Montreal - Tuesday, January 23, 2024

A record number of 21 students were presented with the Robert Alfred Peck Prize for Excellence in French at the monthly Council of Commissioners meeting on January 23.

Based on the 2022-232 academic year, 15 Secondary IV and six Secondary V students were recognized for attaining the mark of 100 percent. They will be each be receiving certificates and cheques in the amount of $100.

There are nine students from  Royal West Academy in Montreal West, six from Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount, four from Westmount High School amd two from MIND (Moving in New Directions) in the Plateau. .   

Royal West Academy

Hannah  Anson Secondary IV

Eve Bercuvitz,  Secondary IV

Victoria Cormier, Secondary IV Cassidy Engo,  Secondary IV

Emily Kathleen Gardner,  Secondary IV

David Hernandez, Secondary IV

Gaelle Le dantec, Secondary IV

Simon Maclaren, Secondary IV

Alessia Marquez Borelli, Secondary IV

Vincent Massey Collegiate

Audrey Toribio Barroso,  Secondary IV

Édouard Chassé, Secondary IV

Adriana Di lalla, Secondary IV

Mateo Duque,  Secondary IV

Anna Gartner, Secondary IV

Emma Gibeau, Secondary IV

Westmount High School

Nicolas Chen,  Secondary V

Alec Murphy, Secondary V

Alynna Nguyen, Secondary V

Nina Rose Rebellati-Mitnick,  Secondary V

MIND School

Ella Eichler, Secondary V

Ivy Kelly-Smith, Secondary V

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.

About the English Montreal School Board

With a youth and adult sector population of more than 35,000 students, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) is the largest English public school board in Quebec. Established on July 1, 1998, when the province created new boards along linguistic lines, the EMSB network consists of 73 schools and centres. For more details, visit the EMSB website at

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