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May 15, 2015
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Island students receive awards at annual Heritage Fair

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Island students were recognized yesterday for their outstanding projects at the annual Provincial Heritage Fair, says Minister of Tourism and Culture Robert Henderson.

“I was extremely impressed with the imagination and hard work shown by all students at this year’s Provincial Heritage Fair,” said Minister Henderson. “The projects were well researched, and students did a great job bringing their presentations to life. Everyone that participated should be very proud of their projects, and for discovering a little piece of history in the process.”

In total, 124 projects were on display at this year’s Heritage Fair. Those projects were selected to attend the provincial fair after their individual school fairs. Awards were presented to 12 finalists and three honourable mentions were named. In addition, a number of prizes were awarded that were sponsored by national and local organizations.

The 12 finalists are now invited to participate in the National Young Citizens video contest where they will make short video pieces about their projects. Those pieces will be entered into an on-line contest where individuals can vote for their favourtie. Those projects will be online by June 5th at

Two students from the Island will be selected through that contest to attend the National Youth Forum in Ottawa in the fall.

The following students were recognized during the closing ceremonies:


Hélène MacDonald – École François Buote – Le gaelique est encore en vie

Cameron McQuaid – Central Queens Elementary – Wilfred Whitehead and the North Novas

Pete Christy – L.M. Montgomery Elementary – Brothers in Arms

Geoffrey Paton – West Kent Elementary – Cruising in the Past

Grace Campbell – Spring Park Elementary – L’explosion de Halifax

Emma MacKinnon – Central Queens Elementary – Pleasant Valley 4-H Club

Peter MacMillan – L.M. Montgomery Elementary – My Family Farm

Benjamin Collings-MacKay – Montague Consolidated – Canadians at Vimy Ridge

Gracie Hackett & Heidi Thibodeau – Tignish Elementary – Fox Farming

Sophie Peterson – West Kent Elementary – The Importance of Stories

Isaac Bourque – Stratford Elementary - From Ireland to PEI

Honourable Mentions:

Kara MacIsaac – Hernewood Intermediate – Citadel Hill

Hayden Porter – Hernwood Intermediate – Stan Porter

Noah Pursey – Stonepark Intermediate – The History of the Goalie Mask

Media Contact: Andrew Sprague
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