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.