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Fort Macleod student joins national contest

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F.P. Walshe school Grade 8 student Marissa Medema is competing in a national on-line voting contest with her heritage fair project.

A Fort Macleod student needs her community’s support in a national contest.
Marissa Medema is competing in the Canada’s History Young Citizens Awards.
Marissa is one of five students who participated in the May 3 Southern Alberta Regional Heritage Fair held at the Galt Museum and Archives who were selected by the judges and fair committee to receive Canada’s History Young Citizens Awards.
“Each was given a video camera to create a short video about their Heritage Fair topic,” explained Belinda Crowson, regional heritage fair co-ordinator. “You can watch and share the videos on-line and vote for your favourites. The students need your vote.”
Six Young Citizens finalists will receive a trip for two to Ottawa in November, where they will premiere their film at the Canada’s History Forum and attend events surrounding the Governor General’s History Awards.
Marissa, a Grade 8 student at F.P. Walshe school in Fort Macleod, did her project on southern Alberta agriculture.
“My project is about southern Alberta agriculture; some of the main parts in the history, different types of irrigation and some Canadian inventions that helped with the progress of agriculture,” Marissa explains on the Web site.
Marissa created a four-minute video for the on-line contest, and found the heritage fair worthwhile.
“I learned about some important Canadian inventions and their importance to southern Alberta and the rest of Canada,” Marissa explained. “Also about the improvements of irrigation to improve agriculture in our dry climate in southern Alberta.”
Marissa is now looking for the public to participate in on-line voting until Friday, July 11 in support of their projects.
To view Marissa’s video and vote for her visit
Also participating from southern Alberta are:

  • Tyler Wensman, Grade 5, Milk River elementary with a project on the history of farming in Canada.
  • Weston Lawrence, Grade 8, CAPE school, Redcliff, with a project on CP Rail.
  • Will Kwan, Grade 5, Lakeview elementary, Lethbridge, with a project on Alberta’s 2013 floods.
  • Julien Todd, Grade 5, Fleetwood Bawden elementary, Lethbridge, with a project on the Underground Railway.

“Students involved in this process don’t just research history, they live and breathe it for several weeks,” explained Deborah Morrison, president and CEO of Canada’s History Society. “They become deeply connected to their subject and advocates for why the rest of the country really needs to know about this part of our history.”
“Finding that passion and connection is key to fostering a life-long interest in our past, and what better way for students to discover what’s interesting about our history than from each other?”
To find the videos, go to and search for Southern Alberta Regional Heritage Fair or look for individual names. Voting ends Friday, July 11 at 9:59 p.m.