14th Annual Cat’s Meow!

Recitation Grand Finale 2018

Last week, on Wednesday, February 21, we gathered as a community for the 14th Annual Cat’s Meow: a recitation evening for the grand finals of our school-wide public speaking competition. It was an entertaining evening and huge congratulations are due to all competitors from Grades 8-12: their performances were poised, confident, and compelling. See below for all the finalist names.

Special mention must go to the following students who took home prizes for their performances:

People’s Choice Award: Carmel, Gr. 10
3rd Place: Emma, Gr, 8
2nd Place: Miranda, Gr. 12 / Leah, Gr.  12 (joint!)
Top Monologue: Chloe, Gr. 10
Overall Top Recitation: Frances, Gr. 9

We were also privileged to have an esteemed panel of judges for the evening: Raul Sanchez Inglis, a director, producer and writer of film, theatre and TV, with over three decades experience; Michele Riml, a critically acclaimed local playwright and advocate for theatre for young people; and Chamkaur Cheema, a long-time YHS parent, and professor of business at Kwantlen University.

As always, events such as this one would not be possible without the help of many behind-the-scenes people: thanks to the English Department for their work and guidance during class rounds, to the YHS staff who volunteered to judge the grade finals, and to all the students and staff who helped with photography, videotaping, ushering, and more! Special thank you also to Amanda (Grade 11), who shared her talents and treated the audience to beautiful music during the intermission.

Finally, a huge thank you to our Public Speaking Co-Heads, Catherine and Pepi, who did a fabulous job of coordinating and running the show on the night. Congratulations to all, and well done on supporting, building, and growing a vital life skill!

Mrs. Lloyd

Recitations Grand Finale 2018 Finalists:

Sarah, Gr. 12
Angela, Gr. 8
Tash, Gr. 9
Chloe, Gr. 10
Emma, Gr. 8
Tiana, Gr. 10
Frances, Gr. 9
Michelle, Gr. 12
Amanda, Gr. 11
Jessica, Gr. 11
Kaari, Gr. 8
Carmel, Gr. 10
Saphren, Gr. 11
Miranda, Gr. 12
May, Gr. 9
Leah, Gr. 12