OSSTF/FEESO Student Achievement Awards 2013
TORONTO, ONTARIO, Mar 9, 2013 (Marketwire via COMTEX) --
This afternoon at the annual meeting of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF/FEESO), students from across Ontario were honoured for their outstanding abilities and creativity as provincial winners of the Student Achievement Awards in honour of Marion Drysdale.
For almost forty-years, the Student Achievement Awards have been one of Ontario's most prestigious awards celebrating the artistic and academic creations of students in public high schools. Students may enter work into one of eight categories and submissions are judged on school, district, regional and provincial levels. The eight provincial winners are brought to Toronto to receive their awards at the OSSTF/FEESO annual meeting and they are featured in a twenty minute video. Each provincial winner also receives a cash award of $1,000.
This year's theme was (Dis) OBEDIENCE: STAND BY / STAND UP where students explored the topics of protest and civil action. Fittingly, this year's guest presenter of the awards was Brigette DePape, a Canadian youth activist best known for her disruption of the Senate with her "Stop Harper" sign in 2011.
OSSTF/FEESO President Ken Coran and Brigette DePape presented the awards to the provincial winners.
The awards presented for poem or essay submissions in six prose/poetry categories were:
-- intermediate grades 9-10 academic;
-- intermediate grades 9-10 applied/essential;
-- senior grades 11-12 university;
-- senior, grades 11-12 college/workplace;
And for creative entries there were three categories:
-- intermediate visual art;
-- senior visual art; and
-- digital media.
The competition is open to all Ontario public high school students.
TELEVISION NEWS PRODUCERS PLEASE NOTE:
The Student Achievement Awards ceremony features a professionally produced twenty minute video about the students and their winning submissions. This video will be distributed on request for broadcast approximately one week after the ceremony. Please contact the OSSTF/FEESO provincial office to arrange delivery.
Prose and Poetry Division
Category A1 - Intermediate, 9-10 Academic
Region 4: Alyssa Esparaz, Dunbarton High School, Pickering, District 13
Category A2 - Intermediate, 9-10 Applied/Essential
Region 4: Michelle McCulloch, North Park Secondary School, Brampton,
Category A3 - Senior, 11-12 University
Region 3: Megan Baillie, Innisdale Secondary School, Barrie, District 17
Category A4 - Senior, 11-12 College/ Workplace
Region 3: Samantha Swartz, St. Clair Secondary School, Sarnia, District 10
Category A5 - French
Region 4: Jordan Thiessen, Welland Centennial Secondary School, Welland,
Category B1 - Visual Arts, Intermediate, 9-10
Region 5: Eden Robertson, Cobourg District Collegiate Institute East,
Cobourg, District 14
Category B2 - Visual Arts, Senior, 11-12
Region 3: Hayley Powling, Banting Memorial High School, Alliston, District
Category B3 - Digital Arts, 9-12, French or English
Region 4 Lankesh Patel & Sajni Shah, North Park Secondary School, Brampton,
OSSTF/FEESO, founded in 1919, has 60,000 members across Ontario. They include public high school teachers, occasional teachers, educational assistants, continuing education teachers and instructors, early childhood educators, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, university support staff, and many others in education.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation Randy Banderob Executive Assistant 416.432.3304 or after March 11 at 416.751.8300.
SOURCE: OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
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