From left: Fernie Secondary students Jodi Stemberger and Leah Heavey competed in the provincial French Speaking Contest on May 3.

From left: Fernie Secondary students Jodi Stemberger and Leah Heavey competed in the provincial French Speaking Contest on May 3.

French speaking FSS students compete

Two Fernie Secondary School students recently travelled to the Lower Mainland to compete in a French Speaking Contest.

Two Fernie Secondary School students recently travelled to Simon Fraser University (SFU) in the Lower Mainland to compete in a French Speaking Contest. Grade Nine student Jodi Stemberger and Grade Seven student Leah Heavey both won their French Immersion categories at the district level, moving them on to the provincial competition at the Surrey SFU campus on May 3.

Stemberger placed third in her category, and both girls felt it was a valuable learning experience.

“It was really good to get up and speak in front of people, it’s something good to have in the future,” commented Stemberger. “Anyone can memorize a three and a half minute speech, but they ask you questions at the end and you have to be on your toes, and you have to know a decent amount of French to be able to respond back to them.”