Bilingual students win big!

    French for the Future's National Essay Contest winners show that youth
    are committed to world issues... and bilingualism

    TORONTO, April 22 /CNW/ - This year, French for the Future's National
Essay Contest drew a record number of entries from high school students across
Canada. Challenged to write a 1 000-word essay in French on the theme Ta
cause... Ta chance! (Your Cause... Your Opportunity!), students demonstrated
that youth today are anything but apathetic.
    "The response has been fantastic with essay topics ranging from juvenile
obesity to fair trade, with the unifying theme of youth engagement," said
Helen Coltrinari, President of French for the Future. "This contest provided a
unique way for students to demonstrate their commitment to a cause as well as
to bilingualism."
    Winners in two categories--French First Language (FFL) and French Second
Language (FSL)--won a total of $140,000 in scholarships, to be awarded during
a special ceremony on April 28, 2009, at 9:00 am at 4101 Desmarais Hall, 55
Laurier E., at the University of Ottawa.
    The awards ceremony coincides with the launch of French for the Future's
Local Forums, one-day events that take place in cities across Canada where
high school students gather for a chockfull day of activities entirely in

    Grand Prize Winners (each win a $20,000 scholarship to the University of
    -------------------  Ottawa and a $1,000 cheque)

    French First Language category           French Second Language category
    Marie-Josee Charette (Casselman, ON)     Kaeli Bauman (Castlegar, BC)
    L'obésité juvénile, mythe ou réalité?    S'engager, voyager, s'éduquer
    (Juvenile Obesity--Myth or Reality?)     (Get Involved, Get Out There,
                                              Get Educated)

    Second Place (each win a $5,000 scholarship to the University of Ottawa
    ------------  and a $750 cheque)

    FFL category                             FSL category
    Diane Bouguem (Mississauga, ON)          Victoria Cate May Burton
                                              (Ottawa, ON)
    En route pour le commerce équitable!     Les jeunes et le changement
    (On the Path to Fair Trade)              (Youth and Climate Change)

    Third Place (each win a $5,000 scholarship to the University of Ottawa
    -----------  and a $250 cheque)

    FFL category                             FSL category
    Carinne Collins (Gatineau, QC)           Alex Thumm (Saskatoon, SK)
    L'aide canadienne aux pays               Un monde équitable commence
     en développement                         par le commerce équitable
    (Canadian Aid in the Developing World)   (A Fair World Begins with Fair

    And 40 finalists each won a $2,000 scholarship.

    For more information, the complete list of winners, and to read the
winning essays, log on to:


    French for the Future is a not-for-profit organization that motivates and
encourages Canadian high school students on their path towards bilingualism.

For further information:

For further information: Elise Newman, Communications Coordinator, tel.
(416) 203-9900 ext 221, email., fax. (416) 203-1369,
366 Adelaide St. East, Suite 444, Toronto (Ontario), M5A 3X9

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