April 22, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Five students from francophone high schools are receiving best wishes from Education Minister Kelly Lamrock as they leave tomorrow to represent New Brunswick at the 16th finals of the Dictée des Amériques in Quebec City.
"I applaud all of the students who participated in this major contest, and I want to especially congratulate the five finalists who have distinguished themselves," said Lamrock.
The following candidates will participate in the junior category this Saturday, April 25:
"I am excited to go to Quebec for the Dictée des Amériques," said Gosselin. "I am thrilled. I am nervous but honoured to have been chosen, and I feel privileged to participate. I am also eager to meet the young representatives from other places."
Close to 250 students from 18 francophone high schools in New Brunswick took part in the qualifying test in December and January
"I thank the French teachers and our community partners who encourage and support the students each year to participate in this kind of educational contest," said Lamrock. "It is through their efforts that we will achieve the best school system in the country, as set out in the When kids come first document."
The Dictée des Amériques is a friendly international spelling competition intended to promote the correct use of the French language. Representatives from various countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas come together annually for this event.
For more details on the finals, visit the Dictée des Amériques website.
MEDIA CONTACT: Johanne Le Blanc, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-4714.