Half-grown his­to­ri­ans

12 stu­dents from New­found­land and Labrador have been cho­sen to par­tic­i­pate in this year’s Young Cit­i­zen pro­gram

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - LOCAL - BY BETH PEN­NEY tele­gram@thetele­gram.com

“One of the im­por­tant lessons I have learned is the abil­ity of peo­ple to over­come to­tal loss and de­struc­tion,” said Ben­jamin from Green’s Har­bour. “Twelve-thou­sand peo­ple had lost every­thing they owned, but they did not give up.”

Ben­jamin was re­fer­ring to the great fire of St. John’s in 1892. Although he may sound like a his­tory pro­fes­sor, he is one of 12 stu­dents from New­found­land and Labrador who has been cho­sen to par­tic­i­pate in this year’s Young Ci­ti­zens pro­gram.

The Young Ci­ti­zens pro­gram is an an­nual event in which stu­dents be­tween the ages of 10 and 16 years old re­search Cana­dian he­roes and leg­ends, and key events in Cana­dian his­tory.

Par­tic­i­pants make a short video about their cho­sen topic, which is then posted on­line and re­viewed by a panel of judges for a chance to win a trip to Ot­tawa to at­tend the Canada’s His­tory Youth Fo­rum.

These stu­dents were cho­sen at re­gional her­itage fairs for their out­stand­ing projects and ex­cel­lent com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills.

Projects range from “The His­tory of Log­ging in New­found­land and Labrador” to “Telling Sto­ries With­out Words: The Art and In­ge­nu­ity of Christo­pher Pratt.”

Two stu­dents from New­found­land and Labrador will be cho­sen as 2017 Young Ci­ti­zens.

One stu­dent will be se­lected via pop­u­lar vote, and a panel of judges will se­lect the sec­ond stu­dent.

Vot­ing closes at mid­night on July 7.


A screen cap­ture from Win­dell S’s video sub­mis­sion “The 1929 Tsunami.”

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