Three LCCVI students have claimed a top prize in a prestigious province wide contest.
Lexi Graham, Harris Annett and Emma Kelly all won a $1,000 prize in the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation Student Achievement Awards in honour of Marion Drysdale.
The three looked at the topic Ahead of the Century.
Graham won the French Prose and Poetry category for The Illusion of Advancement which talks about how social media can create a false sense of togetherness. Kelly also touched on the theme of the advancement of the Internet and the good and bad around in her visual art called Forward in Reverse. And Harris looked at the advancements of farming – particularly the development of farm machinery – over the past century.
Teacher Krista Mueller says each year teachers encourage students to enter but the competition is stiff. Mueller believes only one LCCVI student has won the honour in the past decade. “It’s a big deal to have one student win, but to have three in one building is kind of unheard of.”
Tracey Marshall, who coordinates the contest, agrees. Up to 150 entries are submitted each year.
Marshall believes this is the first time one school has captured three awards.
The students are all excited with the news.
Graham says she submitted the essay some time ago and she was caught off guard when she got the news.
The students were treated as celebrities as a film crew came to the school and followed the students around as they attended classes, at their homes and during extra curricular activities like sports. They were interviewed about their work. The video will be shown March 9, at the secondary school teachers’ convention where the trio will join others from across the province as they are honoured.
Mueller is excited for the students adding receiving the award opens new doors for students including other scholarships.