Writ­ing his­tory

As­cen­sion Col­le­giate stu­dent pens es­say, wins award

The Compass - - NEWS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER TC ME­DIA nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Ge­orge­town stu­dent Coady Gil­lard was not quite sure how he’d do when he en­tered the Government of Canada His­tory Award es­say con­test ear­lier this year.

The 16-year-old As­cen­sion Col­le­giate stu­dent al­ways had an in­ter­est in his­tory, but putting his thoughts to pa­per were a dif­fer­ent thing.

When he was di­rected to the con­test on­line, Gil­lard de­cided to take the plunge.

“I saw the con­test and fig­ured I’d give it a shot,” Gil­lard told The Com­pass last week. “I didn’t ex­pect to win.”

Turns out it was a great de­ci­sion. Re­cently he was awarded the Government of Canada His­tory Award for the es­say he sub­mit­ted last month.

He was in­formed in June that he was a fi­nal­ist.

Stu­dents were re­quired to pen a piece based on one of five ques­tions posed to them through the con­test. They dealt with is­sues like women’s suf­frage, abo­rig­i­nal and treaty rights, Canada in the 20th cen­tury, this coun­try’s adop­tion of re­spon­si­ble government and im­mi­gra­tion ex­pe­ri­ences in Canada us­ing two dif­fer­ent groups.

Gil­lard chose the ques­tion on im­mi­gra­tion and de­tailed the dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ences be­tween the Ir­ish of the 19th cen­tury and the Chinese im­mi­grants in the 20th cen­tury.

“One of the para­graphs was about their reception in Canada and another was on the ef­fect they had on the coun­try,” he said.

Gil­lard turned to the idea of im­mi­gra­tion af­ter read­ing about Syr­ian refugees and the ef­fect their hav­ing on var­i­ous coun­tries.

“It was pretty great (learn­ing that I had won),” he said.

Gil­lard is one of 225 Cana­dian stu­dents to have their work rec­og­nized with the award. There were five stu­dents from this province who were se­lected for the award in to­tal.

They oth­ers are Emily Dawe (St. John’s), Su­san O’Brien (Cor­ner Brook), Ju­lia Abundo (St. John’s) and Clara Philips (St. John’s).

Each of them re­ceived $1,000 for their work.

One of the para­graphs was about their reception in Canada and another was on the ef­fect they had on the coun­try. Coady Gil­lard

NI­CHOLAS MERCER/TC ME­DIA

As­cen­sion Col­le­giate stu­dent Coady Gil­lard is a re­cip­i­ent of the Government of Canada His­tory Award. He is one of five stu­dents from this province to re­ceive the award.

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