La Citadelle student wins $1,000 University of Ottawa scholarship

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Four Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien (CSDCEO) students — one of them being Jacob Godard of Cornwall’s very own La Citadelle — were recently awarded a total of $11,000 in scholarships for their literary work during a national writing contest.

Called Du français pour l’avenir, meaning some French for the future, the 16th-annual contest was open to any student from grades 10-12 enrolled within a French program and offered a total of $250,000 in scholarships. The contest is organized in order to provide some financial assistance to some students who hope to pursue university education in French.

The scholarships, which could run from $20,000 to $1,000, were being offered to a handful of post-secondary institutions, including the University of Ottawa, the University of Alberta in Edmonton, and York University in Toronto, among others.

The contest itself featured two categories — French Second Language and French First Language.

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This year’s theme proved to be quite relevant, as it invited students to write about how fake news had altered the way they look at traditional media outlets. Written texts had to be 750 words and were judged on structure, argument, spelling and ideas.

Annabelle Demers, a student from Rockland’s l’École secondaire catholique l’Escale, won an $8,000 scholarship in the French First Language category. Her text related to how living through a pandemic had made her turn more and more towards social media. Doing so, she argued, had enabled her to take a long look at all the information that was being fed within those social sites.

Her scholarship will be divided in four $2,000 installments and will be awarded for four years of study at the University of Ottawa.

Three other CSDCEO students — two from l’Escale and Godard — were awarded a $1,000 scholarship each from the University of Ottawa in the French First Language category.

“It’s quite the honour for our school board to have four of our students be finalists within this national contest,” said François Turpin, director of education and secretary of the CSDCEO. “We are proud of our students and of the fact that we offer programs that enable our students to master French as well as a very level of bilingualism.”

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