2013 National Finals: Awards Show

Margaret Atwood spoke to students and teachers about poetry and writing. Damian Rogers, Creative Director, hosted the conversation. Dena Tabyanian, Sarah Kordlouie, Natasha Jadavji, and Arrthy Thayaparan listening to Margaret Atwood. “Poetry,” said Margaret Atwood, “is life condensed.”National Finalists and their chaperones with Margaret Atwood, Scott Griffin, and Damian Rogers. The nine finalists before the last round of the contest on May 15, 2013. (L. to r.): Anne Leblanc, Natasha Jadavji, Sarah Kordlouie, Kyla Kane, Khalil Mair, Caitlin Botros, Elisabeth Sohier-Poirier, Aisha Nafees, and Dede Akolo. The audience at the Isabel Bader theatre on the night of May 15, 2013. Judges Pierre Nepveu and Herménégilde Chiasson chat before the show. Johanne Blais, CBC <em>C’est la vie</em>'s Word Lady, hosted a sparkling evening in English and French. Andrée Lacelle, poet and judge at the National Finals. Dede Akolo from Little Flower Academy, Vancouver, BC. Kyla Kane from Vancouver Technical Secondary School, Vancouver, BC. Caitlin Botros from Father James Whelihan School, Calgary, AB. National Finals judges (l. to r.) Andrée Lacelle, Kevin Connolly, Lynn Crosbie, and Fiona Reid. Anne Leblanc from Collège Lionel-Groulx, Sainte-Thérèse, QC. Natasha Jadavji from Crofton House School, Vancouver, BC. Sarah Kordlouie from Villa Sainte-Marcelline, Westmount, QC. National Finals judges (l. to r.) Herménégilde Chiasson, Andrée Lacelle, and Kevin Connolly. Khalil Mair from Toronto French School, Toronto, ON. Elisabeth Sohier-Poirier from Lycée Français de Toronto, Toronto, ON. Some National Finalists on stage. (From l. to r.) Dena Tabyanian, Surat Jalalov, Shannon Couillard, Victor Lewis, and Ben Budlong. Khalil Mair makes a point. Johanne Blais congratulates Sarah Kordlouie. Some National Finalists on stage. (From l. to r.) Pearl Zaki, Peirce Dickson, Colin Fehr, and Samantha Starkey. Johanne Blais congratulates Caitlin Botros. The 39 National Finalists receive a well-deserved standing ovation in the company of Scott Griffin and Johanne Blais. From left to right: Anne Leblanc, Natasha Jadavji, Sarah Kordlouie, Kyla Kane, Scott Griffin, Khalil Mair, Caitlin Botros, Krystyne Griffin, Elisabeth Sohier-Poirier, and Dede Akolo. Krystyne Griffin, Khalil Mair, Margaret Atwood, and Scott Griffin at the party after the show. Damian Rogers, Greg Keelor, and Ryan Ruddick. Anne Leblanc and Fiona Reid. Khalil Mair and Dede Akolo: “Poetry In Voice is way cooler than Model UN.” Sarah Pinder, Kevin Connolly, and Roo Borson. Scott Griffin congratulates Maxine Owers and Dena Tabyanian. Surat Jalalov, Deborah James, Scott Griffin, Alexandra McGowan, and Sam Downs. Alexandra McGowan and friends. Congratulations to all of our National Finalists. You made the Finals such fun!