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A record 16 EMSB students awarded prizes for Excellence in French

PECK award winners
Montreal - Monday, January 30, 2023

As part Le Mois du français à la CSEM, which is taking place throughout January at the English Montreal School Board, a record of 16 students were presented with the Robert Alfred Peck Prize for Excellence in French at the monthly Council of Commissioners meeting.

Based on the 2021-22 academic year, four Secondary IV and 11 Secondary V students were recognized for attaining the mark of 100 percent. They will be each be receiving certificates and cheques in the amount of $100.

There are ten (10) students from Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount, five (5) from Royal West Academy in Montreal West and one (1) from LaurenHill Academy in St. Laurent.

From Vincent Massey: Emma Bastone, Emilie Béliveau, Daniel Bouchard, Thomas Bridgman, Zeya D'alto, Mia Del Pio Luogo, Alexandre Gartner, Çatalkaram Hatt Sustam, Marc Anthony Lettieri and Giuliano Rico.

From Royal West: Kelly Chow, Noémie English-Moreau, Ella Etienne Labelle, Naomi   Raimbert and Phoenix Trew

From LaurenHill: Barirah Rehman

Emma Bastone, Daniel Bouchard, Alexandre Gartner and Barirah Rehman are presently in Secondary V.

The late Mr. Peck began teaching in the 1930s and served as the superintendent of French for the Ministry of Education and held similar posts with the former Westmount School Board and the former Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal. He was a department head for French at Lachine High School and vice-principal of Riverdale High School on the West Island, having completed his career as a teacher in Africa. Mr. Peck co-authored Le Français Pratique, the textbook for the teaching of French as a second language with Elizabeth Buchanan.  It was a mainstay in Quebec Protestant English schools for over 20 years.  This prize was established by the Peck family and the EMSB in 2002.

About the English Montreal School Board 

With a youth and adult sector population of more than 35,000 students, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) is the largest English public school board in Quebec. Established on July 1, 1998, when the province created new boards along linguistic lines, the EMSB network consists of 73 schools and centres. For more details, visit the EMSB website at

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