Cape Breton Highlands Academy student receives Lieutenant Governor Award: Ready to Write! Prêt à écrire!

HALIFAX, Dec. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - Grade twelve student Emily Maheux-LeBlanc was honoured at Government House this November as the 2013 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's Award: Ready to Write! Prêt à écrire! Miss LeBlanc is a French Immersion student at Cape Breton Highlands Academy, Terre Noire, Nova Scotia. Cape Breton Highlands Academy is located in the Strait Regional School Board.

French second language students from grades 10-12 from across the province entered written submissions and Miss LeBlanc's was chosen based on originality, creativity, writing style, organization of ideas, content and written language proficiency.  The theme chosen by his Honour for 2013 was for students to celebrate the 300th anniversary the founding of Fortress Louisbourg in 1713.  Students were asked to reflect on how bilingualism has enriched their lives and their communities as a testament to the legacy of Louisbourg and the Acadians of Nova Scotia.

"This award celebrates the inherent value of bilingualism and recognizes the important role Canada's two official languages play in our province," Said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant.  "I applaud all young people who submitted an essay for consideration and I congratulate Ms. LeBlanc for her outstanding efforts in composing the award-winning essay."

Miss LeBlanc has a passion for public speaking, as well as reading and writing. Ever since a young age, she has been recognized for her abilities to write and speak in French, her second language. Miss LeBlanc has competed in the Concours d'Art Oratoire French public speaking contest held by Canadian Parents for French - Nova Scotia.

The Lieutenant Governor's Award: Ready to Write! Prêt à écrire! is a partnership with Canadian Parents for French - Nova Scotia and is sponsored by Université Sainte-Anne. Université Sainte-Anne has a longstanding relationship with Canadian Parents for French and a history of supporting French education initiatives in Nova Scotia.

Canadian Parents for French is a national network of volunteers that values French as an integral part of Canada and is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French learning opportunities for young Canadians. 

SOURCE: Canadian Parents for French Nova Scotia

For further information:

Rebecca Lancaster, Executive Director
Phone : (902) 453-2048,
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