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International Public Speaking Competition

SJR won top school at the International Public Speaking Competition in Boston over the weekend. Lillian (Grade 12) was top overall and second in the impromptu and persuasive speaking categories and won a place to represent Canada at the World Championships in Shanghai this April. Maddy (Grade 12) was second in extemporaneous speaking and 11th overall and Massimo (Grade 12) was 15th overall. Lillian and Massimo made three finals each, which is the maximum for any one competitor, while Maddy made two. Congratulations on these impressive achievements.
St. John’s-Ravenscourt School was founded in 1820 principally to serve the children of the Selkirk settlers. By 1834 there were forty students, evenly split between boys and girls. SJR has inevitably grown and changed over the years since, though its success throughout has been unimpeachable. We have graduated 18 Rhodes scholars, for example, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II granted patronage and established a scholarship in her name in 1981. Today the programs are as strong as our reputation. A strong academic program is paired with an equally strong attention to the values of stewardship, ethical leadership, and excellence in all areas of academic, social and athletic life.