Fu­ture champs

The Glengarry News - - News - BY STEVEN WARBURTON News Staff

Mikael Savard is a cham­pion on the mo­tocross cir­cuit. On Fri­day, he used his past ex­pe­ri­ences to en­cour­age oth­ers to be cham­pi­ons too.

Stand­ing on a stage erected on the arena floor at the Glen­garry Sports Palace, his bike in front of him and bathed in yel­low light, the 17-year-old Grade 12 stu­dent from L’école sec­ondaire catholique L’Es­cale in Rock­land spoke to 1,300 Grades 5-12 stu­dents from area French Catholic schools about pur­su­ing their goals.

“I talked about how I won the cham­pi­onship and I also talked about how I saw a lot of po­ten­tial in the room,” said Mikael, who placed first in the open class at the 2018 Rocky Moun­tain ATV/MC AMA Am­a­teur Na­tional Mo­tocross Cham­pi­onship in Hur­ri­cane Mills, TN this past sum­mer. “There are 1,300 cham­pi­ons here and they can change the world one per­son at a time.”

Mikael was just one of sev­eral speak­ers to ei­ther ap­pear on­stage or by video at the event, the se­cond an­nual Journée CSDCEO...Unis, a ver­sion of We Day that is mounted by the Con­seil sco­laire de dis­trict catholique de l’Est on­tarien. Other speak­ers talked about ecology, pro­tect­ing abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture, mental health, and dis­abil­i­ties. There was also mu­sic, danc­ing, and a pa­rade of the var­i­ous schools’ mas­cots, some­thing that looks like it will be­come a high­light of the Journée.

France La­marche, su­per­in­ten­dent of ed­u­ca­tion with the school board, says that there were 52 speak­ers al­to­gether.

“We wanted an event that pro­moted our Catholic faith but also fran­co­phone cul­ture,” she says.

Par­tic­i­pants “were se­lected be­cause they made a dif­fer­ence in their schools, their com­mu­ni­ties, and in­ter­na­tion­ally,” she says.

STEVEN WARBURTON PHOTO

MAS­COT PA­RADE: The var­i­ous mas­cots from schools in the Con­seil sco­laire de dis­trict catholique de l’Est on­tarien pose dur­ing Journée CSDCEO...Unis cel­e­bra­tions at the Glen­garry Sports Palace.

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