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Three Moose Jaw-area students place in top 10 during provincial Heritage Fair

One youth placed first, a second student placed third and a third youth finished 10th.
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Heritage Saskatchewan organizes the elementary and high school Heritage Fairs in the province. Photo courtesy Heritage Saskatchewan

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of a name.

Three Moose Jaw students placed in the top 10 during this year’s provincial Heritage Fair, with one youth taking the top spot in Saskatchewan and another youth placing third. 

Heritage Saskatchewan organized the event, which occurred on June 5 at Government House in Regina. The fair saw 53 students in grades 4 to 8 from various school divisions present projects they had created earlier this year about Saskatchewan- or Canada-based heritage topics.

This was the 10th time the heritage-focused organization hosted the fair at Government House.

“The work of the students was remarkable, (as) they not only showed their research skills and knowledge about their chosen heritage-related topic, but (they) also (demonstrated) their artistic and creative talent,” said Katherine Gilks, outreach co-ordinator for Heritage Saskatchewan.

Moose Jaw’s Camryn Michener (Grade 6) placed first with the project “The Library Revolution,” followed by Rinoa Harthe Agravante (Grade 6, Moose Jaw) in third for “The Burgess Shale: Strange Creatures of Canada” and Tristan de Jager (Grade 5, Caronport) finishing 10th with “Pier 21: The Gateway to Canada.” 

Also, Michener received the 2024 Heritage Saskatchewan 15th Anniversary Award and Harthe Agravante received the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society Prize. 

The top 10 received certificates and book prizes at the ceremony.

Meanwhile, other finalists from Moose Jaw included Emberley Loveridge (Grade 4) for “Mary Bonnie Baker,” Sawyer Chubey (Grade 4) for “The Grant Hall Hotel,” Kohan Henrikson (Grade 4) for “The Red Fox,” Grace Aghamelu (Grade 5) for “The Beaver Wars,” Matilda Lopez (Grade 5) for “The Halifax Explosion,” Kaleb Benn (Grade 5) for “The Magnificent Railway,” Anabia Yousuf (Grade 5) for “Laura Secord,” and Jennifer Nguyen (Grade 6) for “The Battle of Lundy’s Lane.”

The winners of the awards for Archives, Mixed Media, Innovation and Historical Thinking each received a plaque and an education bursary, with 10 provincial organizations providing funding:

  • Provincial Capital Commission — Government House
  • Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan 
  • Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists 
  • Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan
  • Museums Association of Saskatchewan 
  • Nature Saskatchewan 
  • Saskatchewan Archaeological Society 
  • Saskatchewan History and Folklore Society
  • Saskatchewan Library Association 
  • Western Development Museum

Also, the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation and Sask. Lotteries were the main sponsors of the regional and provincial Heritage Fairs. 

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