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39 Semifinalists Announced for 2013 Poetry In Voice National Finals

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Poetry In Voice has announced the 39 Online Semifinalists who are invited to compete at the 2013 Poetry In Voice National Finals, a recitation contest for Canadian high schools. These students from across Canada submitted videos of themselves reading poetry and a panel of 22 poet judges selected the semifinalists. The students will travel to Toronto where they will compete for awards and stipends valued at almost $25,000 on May 14 and May 15.

The finalists are:


  • Alexandra McGowan, Canterbury High School, Ottawa
  • Eleni Kolovos, École secondaire Étienne-Brûlé, Toronto
  • Caitlin Botros, Father James Whelihan, Calgary
  • Wanda Hannah Beck, Gorsebrook Junior High, Halifax
  • Colin Fehr, Heritage Woods Secondary School, Port Moody
  • Dede Akolo, Little Flower Academy, Vancouver
  • Michelle Ha, London Central Secondary School, London
  • Barbara Egan, Mary, Mother of God School, Toronto
  • Pearl Zaki, Michael Power/St. Joseph High School, Etobicoke
  • Maxine Owers, Port Moody Secondary School, Port Moody
  • Sarah Gibbs, St. Andrew?s Regional High School, Victoria
  • Monica Rotchford, St. James All-Grade School, Lark Harbour
  • Peirce Dickson, St. John?s-Ravenscourt School, Winnipeg
  • Victoria Sommerville-Kelso, Tantramar Regional High School, Sackville
  • Kathleen Chen, Toronto French School, Toronto
  • Kyla Kane, Vancouver Technical Secondary School, Vancouver
  • Samantha Starkey, West Point Grey Academy, Vancouver
  • Alexandria Brault, Westmount High School, Westmount


  • Ivan Fonseca, Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, Montréal
  • Victor Lewis, École internationale de Montréal, Montréal
  • Shannon Couillard, École secondaire du Sommet, Halifax
  • Ben Budlong, Langley Christian High School, Langley
  • Elisabeth Sohier-Poirier, Lycée Français de Toronto, Toronto
  • Maelys Beliazi, Lycée Louis Pasteur, Calgary
  • Nathan How, Mount Douglas Secondary School, Victoria
  • Dena Tabyanian, Port Moody Secondary School, Port Moody
  • Surat Jalalov, Porter Creek Secondary School, Whitehorse
  • Stephanie Fennell, St. John?s-Ravenscourt School, Winnipeg
  • Khalil Mair, Toronto French School, Toronto
  • Aisha Nafees, Westmount High School, Westmount


  • Juliette Lafrenière, Collège Durocher Saint-Lambert, Saint-Lambert
  • Anne Leblanc, Collège Lionel-Groulx, Sainte-Thérèse
  • Léa Trudel, Collège Saint-Hilaire, Mont-Saint-Hilaire
  • Natasha Jadavji, Crofton House School, Vancouver
  • Emmanuelle Gauthier, Cégep du Vieux Montréal, Montréal
  • Cathy Guo, École internationale de Montréal, Montréal
  • Madina Sutton, Gorsebrook Junior High, Halifax
  • Tess Exshaw, Lycée Français de Toronto, Toronto
  • Sarah Kordlouie, Villa Sainte-Marcelline, Westmount

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