French is her third language - Halifax student receives Lieutenant Governor Award: Ready to Write! Prêt à écrire!

    HALIFAX, July 18 /CNW/ - Grade nine student Sooyoun Shin immigrated with
her family to Canada seven years ago. Miss Shin is fluent in Korean and
English, and can now add French to this impressive list. Miss Shin was
honoured as the third recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's Award: Ready to
Write! Prêt à écrire! on July 11th, 2008 in a ceremony at Province House. Miss
Shin is a Core French student at Park West School in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Colin Landry, Vice President of Canadian Parents for French - Nova Scotia and
André Roberge, Rector of Université Sainte-Anne, joined her Honour, the
Honourable Mayann E. Francis, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia in
congratulating Miss Shin on her success in her third language.
    French second language students from grades 7-9 from across the province
entered written submissions to the Lieutenant Governor's Award: Ready to
Write! Prêt à écrire! Miss Shin's was chosen based on originality, creativity,
writing style, organization of ideas, content and written language
    Students were give a choice of two themes chosen by her Honour for
2007-2008: "How can young people be encouraged to take an active interest in
the Canadian political system and/or the right to vote?" or "What famous Nova
Scotian, past or present, is an inspiration and source of pride to you?" Miss
Shin's entry focused on Joseph Howe and his legacy as a journalist and a
politician, as she greatly admires his perseverance and skills as an orator.
    "Students are demonstrating confidence in the use of language, a
confidence that can carry them through their life journey, where ever it may
take them."" stated Lieutenant Governor Mayann E. Francis, O.N.S.
    Each student who participated was proud of their accomplishment in their
second language. Grade eight student Laura Yee of Barrington Municipal High
School in Barrington Passage received an Honourable Mention, as well as a
complementary week at CPF-NS Camp Kadimah this summer. Five students from
across province received gift certificates for their achievement: Morgan
Atwater of West Pictou Consolidated School, Pictou; Caroline Duda of Brookside
Junior High, Halifax; Rachel Kampen of New Glasgow Senior High, New Glasgow;
Amelia Martin of New Glasgow Junior High, New Glasgow; and Felicia Rushton of
West Colchester Consolidated School, Bass River.

    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.

For further information:

For further information: Rebecca Lancaster, Executive Director, (902)

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