HERITAGE STUDENT WINNERS DEPARTING ON EUROPEAN WW1 BATTLEGROUND TOUR
19 students have been chosen from across the province for a trip of a lifetime; a European tour retracing the steps of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment in World War 1. These students were chosen at the Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (HSA)’s regional school Heritage Fairs. Students were chosen based on their exceptional Heritage Fair projects on a WW1 topic. The students are departing June 28th for their trip of a lifetime. This will be a powerful and moving experience for our students, providing them with a deeper understanding of this part of Newfoundland and Labrador’s history.
Ambassador Award Recipients:
- Labrador West Regional Heritage Fair: Julia Farrell (Age: 13, Menihek High School)
- Labrador West Regional Heritage Fair: Jailen Spurrell (Age: 14, Menihek High School)
- Western Regional Heritage Fair: Shelby-Lynn Kerfont (Age: 15, École Sainte-Anne)
- Western Regional Heritage Fair: Carley Rowe (Age: 14, École Sainte-Anne)
- Western Regional Heritage Fair: Shelby Lynne Gallant (Age: 12, St. Peter’s Academy)
- Central Regional Heritage Fair: Kyra Morgan (Age: 13, Fogo Island Central Academy)
- Central Regional Heritage Fair: Mackenzie Tee (Age: 13, Mobile Central High)
- Central Regional Heritage Fair: Ethan Florek (Age: 14, J.M. Olds Collegiate)
- Vista Regional Heritage Fair: Carrie Hookey (Age: 14, Bishop White School)
- Burin Regional Heritage Fair: Charlotte Parrott (Age: 13, Pearce Junior High School)
- Avalon Regional Heritage Fair: Ethan King (Age: 14, Beaconsfield Junior High)
- Avalon Regional Heritage Fair: Emma Jacobs (Age: 15, Frank Roberts Junior High)
- Avalon Regional Heritage Fair: Jenna Lee Ralph (Age: 14, Holy Redeemer Elementary)
- Avalon Regional Heritage Fair: Mackenzie Kirby (Age: 14, St. Kevin’s Junior High)
- Avalon Regional Heritage Fair: Sophia Wells (Age: 13, St. Paul’s Junior High)
- Avalon Regional Heritage Fair: Kayla Ford (Age: 16, St. Michael’s Regional High School)
- Avalon Regional Heritage Fair: Phoebe Burrows (Age: 12, Frank Roberts Junior High)
- Avalon Regional Heritage Fair: Wyatt Higdon (Age: 14, Crescent Collegiate)
- Avalon Regional Heritage Fair: Kristen Branton (Age: 13, Crescent Collegiate)
The Ambassador Award Program is administered through the Historic Sites Association, as a part of their regional Heritage Fairs. The Heritage Fairs deliver the award because of their long and successful track record, open forum for student submissions and fair adjudication process. The inclusion of the Ambassador Program as part of the Heritage Fairs launched as a pilot project this year and is expected to continue in 2016 and 2017.
Ambassador Award Program:
The Ambassador Program is a joint initiative between the Department of Education (DOE) and the Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development (BTCRD), under the Honour 100 Program, and the Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Ambassador Program launched in 2015 and recognizes excellence in projects where students commemorate the men and women who answered the call to serve in the First World War, both home and abroad. Under the program, 19 students from Grade 7 to Level III who participated in the Heritage Fairs have been selected to participate in a European battlefield tour, primarily throughout Northern France and Belgium. The students will visit significant sites where the Royal Newfoundland Regiment fought and spend time in the five communities that are home to the bronze caribou monuments, the official memorial to the Regiment.
Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Fairs:
The annual NL school Heritage Fairs are a project of the Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (HSA). Since bringing the program to the province in 1997, the HSA initiative has involved over 110,000 student projects, 16,000 volunteers and thousands of prizes. Directly linked to school curricula, Heritage Fairs allows students to showcase their history projects using a variety of mediums. Their topic is presented at school fairs where outstanding projects are selected to attend a regional fair. Up to eight regional fairs are held each year in Newfoundland and Labrador. Sponsors for the Heritage Fairs include: the Department of Education, Canada’s History Society and various provincial cultural organizations, corporations and individuals.