Mason Kearley of Coley’s Point South was the lone student from this province to receive a 2017 Government of Canada History Award.
A total of 192 students from across the country are sharing $200,000 in prizes presented as part of the awards.
The Government of Canada History Awards honour the exceptional work of university students studying history or education and high school students who through their writing have shown an interest in great moments in Canadian history.
Mason, a student at Ascension Collegiate, was one of 172 recipients in the high school category and will receive a $1,000 prize.
High school students required to submit an original piece of writing of no more than 1,000 words in length in the form of a historical essay, a historical work of fiction or digital content. The submissions had to address one of five topics: reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the First World War, Expo 67, Canadian identity, or the development of a new national historic site.
Mason chose the topic of Canadian identity.
Twenty winners are selected annually in the university category, each receiving $2,000. Masters students were required to submit an original essay on Canadian history relating to their program or field of research. Education students had to propose an original activity focused on the teaching of Canadian history.
The winners in both categories were selected by an independent jury made up history educators.
More than 800 student submissions were received from across the country.
The Government of Canada History Awards were created in 2013. Their goal is to connect youth to their history by honouring the work of outstanding students who show an interest in great moments in Canadian history. The awards are administered by Canada's History.
Read Mason’s submission at http://gcawards.canadashistory.ca/History-Awards/High-School-Awards/Winning-Essays/Mason-Kearley.