On December 13, 2013, nearly 100 high school students from across Ontario visited the University of Ottawa to hear which class would be voted “the best French class in Ontario.” The students were members of the five finalist classes in uOttawa’s French Immersion Studies fifth annual video contest, La meilleure classe de français en Ontario.
The finalists were from St. Patrick High School (Thunder Bay), Smithville Christian High School (Smithville) as well as Ashbury College, Holy Trinity Catholic High School and St. Patrick’s High School (all from Ottawa). At the awards gala, held at the Desmarais Building on the uOttawa campus, students first learned about the French immersion program at uOttawa, heard from current students about their bilingual experiences and enjoyed some improv by the Franco-Ontarian comedy group Improtéine before the winning class was announced.
Judges didn’t have an easy task in choosing a winning video from among the five finalists. Classes participating in the contest had to create an original and high-quality one- to two-minute video that demonstrated their bilingualism, leadership and service to the community. All the finalists’ entries were exceptional. But in the end, Lisa Pivato’s grade 12 French immersion class at Holy Trinity Catholic High School in Ottawa was declared the winner.
All of the runners-up will receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend the University of Ottawa, and the winners will each receive a $2,000 scholarship. The goal of the contest is to encourage French immersion and core French high school students to continue studying partially in French at the university level, which they can do at the University of Ottawa.
In total, this year’s contest offered $96,000 in scholarships to the runners-up and winners.
For more information about the contest and to view the finalists’ videos, visit the contest website