Classroom and School Contests
The first two levels of the national competition take place within your school.
If you’re the classroom champion, one of three things can happen next:
- You can move on to compete against other classroom champions in your school’s contest.
- If no other classes name a champion, you can advance directly to the Online Semifinals.
- You may decide to not compete in the rest of the competition, but you’d miss the chance to compete at the National Finals.
To prepare for the school contest, each classroom winner memorizes and recites two poems.
When you choose your second poem, you also choose your competition stream:
- 1st poem in English + 2nd poem in English = English stream*
- 1st poem in English + 2nd poem in French = Bilingual stream
- 1st poem in French + 2nd poem in English = Bilingual stream
- 1st poem in French + 2nd poem in French = French stream*
*If you’re participating in the English stream or the French stream, you may want to keep the Online Semifinals poem requirements in mind when choosing your second poem.
A school can name only one champion in each prize stream: one English champion, one Bilingual champion, and one French champion.
If you’re named a school champion, one of two things can happen:
- You can move on to compete in the Online Semifinals.
You may decide to not participate in the Online Semifinals (but do you really want to pass up the chance to compete at the National Finals?).