Recitation Grand Finale: It was the Cat’s Meow!

In its 10th year, The Cat’s Meow made its biggest splash yet in the YHS community. Three hundred senior students competed to earn one of the seventeen spots at this evening event, and the finalists did not disappoint the biggest crowd we’ve ever had. All of these girls deserve special recognition for this achievement alone. They are:

Grade 8

Grade 9

Grade 12

Grade 10

Grade 11 

 Cat's Meow Recitation Grand Finale
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The night was highlighted by some of the most poignant, emotional performances ever seen at the final, as well as some laugh-out-loud speeches and monologues.

Our three judges, YHS parents Dylan Brown and Shawn Pozer, and local comedian and writer Mary-Jo Dionne, were truly impressed. Mary-Jo commented that if her young daughter grows up with the confidence and poise that the finalists showed that night, she would be perfectly happy.

While the judges were deliberating, Public Speaking Co-Head Constance and Ms. Boteju went face-to-face in a Haiku Battle for the audience’s “enjoyment”. It was both cringe-worthy and fun…and cringe-worthy. Guru Kassam (Co-Head Jasmyne) awarded bragging rights to Constance in what will surely become a Cat’s Meow tradition.

The prizewinners for the evening were as follows–a very tough decision for the judges!
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Cat's Meow Recitation Grand Finale
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Junior Category

1st Place – Shae, Grade 9

2nd Place – Emily, Grade 9

Senior Category:

1st Place (and People’s Choice Award)– Ally, Grade 11

2nd Place – Rachel, Grade 12

3rd Place – Stephanie, Grade 10

Best Overall Recitation – Julia, Grade 9

Thanks to the English Department for their work and guidance during class rounds, to the YHS staff who volunteered to judge the grade finals, to our guest judges, and to all the students and staff who helped with photography, videotaping, ushering, and more! And finally, thank you to my incredible Co-Heads, Constance and Jasmyne, who have made the whole process easy and fun!

Congratulations to all students for taking on a worthwhile challenge!

Ms. Boteju
Public Speaking Coach
English Department Head

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