DCS stu­dents re­peat his­tor­i­cal suc­cess at re­gional her­itage fair


Each year at Dorch­ester Con­sol­i­dated School, his­tory comes alive. The her­itage fair pro­vides an an­nual men­tal trip into his­tory as stu­dents be­come en­gaged in a his­tor­i­cal topic of their choice.

This year, five stu­dents moved on from the school her­itage fair to the re­gional her­itage fair. The stu­dents showed some signs of be­ing ner­vous but their con­fi­dence be­came ev­i­dent as they set up their ma­te­ri­als on May 10 and pre­pared for the judg­ing.

At the re­gional her­itage fair in 2016, each stu­dent from DCS came home with an award and 2017 proved not dif­fer­ent as each stu­dent once again re­turned with an award.

The theme for the fair was Canada 150 and each stu­dent found a unique way to de­velop a pre­sen­ta­tion around a con­cept that fit into the theme.

Jake Purdy and El­liot Hicks cre­ated a pro­ject around lacrosse, one of Canada’s na­tional sports that goes fur­ther than 150 years into this na­tion’s his­tory. Jake and El­liot were awarded the New Brunswick Sport Legacy Award.

Ca­dence Nel­son fo­cused on one of Canada’s First Na­tions groups with her pro­ject on the Maliseet peo­ple and it proved to be ef­fec­tive as she re­turned from the fair with the Abo­rig­i­nal Award.

Do­minick Fournier bom­barded the judges with his in­for­ma­tion and his per­sonal knowl­edge through his pro­ject on the His­tory of West­mor­land County. The judges were over­whelmed and awarded him with the New Brunswick His­toric Places Award.

Naiya Ist­vanffy pro­vided de­tails on the in­flu­ence women had on Con­fed­er­a­tion with her pro­ject on the Moth­ers of Con­fed­er­a­tion. Although Naiya is only in Grade 5, the judges im­me­di­ately caught her ma­tu­rity and deep un­der­stand­ing of her topic. Naiya was given the Young Cit­i­zen’s Award and her pro­ject was se­lected to move on to the pro­vin­cial show­case. The suc­cess of the stu­dent was based on the hard work and con­tin­u­ous hours spent on the pro­ject.

One par­ent ex­plained how they had to tell their child to stop work­ing on the pro­ject one day dur­ing March break so they could go out­side and play.

For the sec­ond year in a row, a DCS stu­dent is mov­ing on to a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion be­cause of their pro­ject. In 2016, Phae­dra Wil­liams won the Young Cit­i­zen’s Award and com­peted na­tion­ally. This year, Naiya Ist­vanffy was the win­ner and will be com­pet­ing on the na­tional stage.

The her­itage fair and the ded­i­ca­tion so many stu­dents have to re­search­ing lo­cal and Cana­dian his­tory for their pro­jects con­tin­u­ally shows that when stu­dents are en­gaged in their learn­ing and take own­er­ship of that learn­ing, they can be suc­cess­ful.

From the school fair to the re­gional fair to the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, all stu­dents who par­tic­i­pate are suc­cess­ful be­cause they have cho­sen to learn.


Dorch­ester stu­dents, left to right, Ca­dence Nel­son, Naiya Ist­vanffy, El­liot Hicks, Do­minick Fournier and Jake Purdy ex­celled at the re­cent re­gional her­itage fair.

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