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Catholic schools vie for tech prize
Weledeh, St. Joseph finalists in national competition

Evan Kiyoshi French
Northern News Services
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Two city Catholic schools have already pocketed $20,000 in hardware and are finalists in a nationwide contest for a further $50,000 in tech prizes, according to Simone Gessler.

Yellowknife Catholic Schools' associate assistant superintendent said Weledeh School and St. Joseph School have made it to the final round in a competition for Canadian students pursuing science, technology, engineering and math.

Called Samsung's Solve For Tomorrow education challenge, students submitted three-minute videos demonstrating how these fields can be applied to help their communities.

One school in the three territories and one from the provinces will be awarded the top prize on April 15. Gessler said a panel of judges and online voting will determine the winners.

French students dominate competition podium

Students from St. Joseph School took all three top spots in a French short film competition hosted by the Association franco-culturelle de Yellowknife (AFCY) last month at the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre (NACC).

St. Joe's French teacher Amanda Delaurier said nine films were entered in the competition which also included entries from St. Patrick High School and Allain St. Cyr.

First prize went to Ellie Mia Taylor, Katie Schauerte, Lennie Mager, James MacCara and Nolan Elliott for their film, Obsession. Alyssa Vornbrock-Jaeb, Elodie Gaudet, Keegan Head, Jasmine Balsillie and Julia Leonardis took second place for their film, Hotel Hante. Third place went to Avery Hacala, Landon Lavers, Raven Mutford and Victoria Hamm for their film, Noir.

Public district to celebrate 35 years of French

Yellowknife Education District No. 1 will host a 35th French immersion Anniversary celebration on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at William McDonald School.

This is a celebration of French immersion organized by Jean-Marie Mariez and Caroline Roux - both of J.H. Sissons School. The pair have organized French immersion related celebrations all year.

The event will feature music, snacks and activities for children.

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