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Fueled by crêpes, Vernon student wins silver in French Immersion event

Isaac Tessaro, from L’Ecole Harwood, competed against 17 school districts across B.C. and Yukon
Isaac Tessaro won silver at the annual Late French Immersion competition held at Simon Fraser University. (Contributed)

Isaac Tessaro tasted the sweet french flavours of silver, as the Grade 7 student from Vernon’s L’Ecole Harwood finished second at the 41st annual French Immersion competition.

Hosted at Simon Fraser University, the Concours D’art Oratoire 2024 was contested between 17 school districts from B.C. and the Yukon May 4.

Tessaro delivered an eloquent, well-researched, grammatically correct speech in French, about the effects of animal agriculture on climate change.

He prepared for the competition by writing, performing, and winning with his discours at the school/district level, focusing on the effects of animal agriculture (L’agriculture animale) on climate change. He spent time polishing his presentation with his teachers and many hours rehearsing with peers and family members – mom, dad, and three siblings. Though not prepared to go full vegan, Isaac does feel that moderation in our eating habits can make significant positive changes in curbing global deforestation and improving water management.

“The whole experience was fun, especially when they presented me with my medal,” Tessaro said about his time at the competition.

His sister, Grace, took French immersion and that piqued his interest into getting into it himself.

“At the end of Grade 5 I felt that I would like to follow in my older sister’s footsteps and challenge myself,” he said. “I felt that bilingualism could be an asset later in life and could offer me a culturally diverse experience. I enjoy taking math and social studies in French; I have made good friends in the program; and they serve crêpes twice a year!”

Tessaro’s goal is to continue with the immersion program into high school.

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Bowen Assman

About the Author: Bowen Assman

I joined The Morning Star team in January 2023 as a reporter. Before that, I spent 10 months covering sports in Kelowna.
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