Kelsey Ross a Beaver­brook Vimy Prize re­cip­i­ent

Burin stu­dent em­brac­ing op­por­tu­nity to travel to Eng­land, Bel­gium and France

The Southern Gazette - - Front Page - BY COLIN FAR­RELL BURIN, N.L. Colin.far­rell@south­erngazette.ca

It was a cup of tea Kelsey Ross of Burin is not likely to for­get any­time soon.

“I had just fin­ished up on my supper,” the Grade 10 stu­dent said. “I had been wait­ing all day to see if I would get a call or not.

“I was just about to get up and make a cup of tea when I got the phone call. . . (they) told me I’d been se­lected for the pro­gram.”

Kelsey is one of 16 stu­dents se­lected for the Beaver­brook Vimy Prize in which par­tic­i­pants will have the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in an im­mer­sive ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram in Eng­land, Bel­gium and France as they learn about the in­ter­wo­ven his­tory of our coun­tries dur­ing the First and Se­cond World Wars. The pro­gram runs from Aug. 9-23.

Kelsey was ex­cited to re­ceive the call that she had been se­lected.

“When I first ap­plied for it I didn’t ac­tu­ally think I was go­ing to get in, I just thought I’d do it and it would be a fun thing to try — if I did get it that would be amaz­ing,” she said. “So, when I did get in it was kind of awe­some.” Kelsey ex­plained that it was a lengthy ap­pli­ca­tion process to be se­lected, not­ing that she was re­quired to write two es­says and a let­ter.

“The first es­say was on PTSD (post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der) in World War I and how our knowl­edge of how the dis­or­der works has pro­gressed over time,” she said. “The other one was about a piece of art in the Beaver­brook col­lec­tion, and the let­ter was just ex­plain­ing why I wanted to go and what I would bring to the pro­gram.”

Kelsey was also re­quired to pro­vide a let­ter of rec­om­men­da­tion from a teacher.

Kelsey said she has al­ways been fas­ci­nated with the sub­ject of his­tory, par­tic­u­larly the First and Se­cond World Wars.

“They were such big events and they have far reach­ing con­se­quences that af­fect us to this day,” she ex­plained. “So, when my dad found out about the pro­gram, he told me about it and I was im­me­di­ately in­ter­ested.

“I love his­tory… a chance to go to the sites of fa­mous bat­tles (dur­ing) the First and Se­cond World War was kind of a big deal.”

Kelsey is look­ing for­ward to the op­por­tu­nity to visit mu­se­ums dur­ing her trip, trav­el­ling to a new con­ti­nent and learn­ing more about its his­tory.

Kelsey has been read­ing blogs posted about trips in pre­vi­ous years to get an idea of what to ex­pect.

“I think we’re go­ing to go do lec­tures at Ox­ford Univer­sity, go to mu­se­ums, tour bat­tle­fields and mon­u­ments,” she said ex­cit­edly.

Kelsey is busy pre­par­ing for the trip.

“See­ing how I think we are go­ing to be spend­ing the vast ma­jor­ity of the trip in France, I am cer­tainly go­ing to pick up a French-English dic­tionary and work on my French.”

COLIN FAR­RELL/THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

Kelsey Ross, a Grade 10 stu­dent at Marys­town Cen­tral High School is one of 16 stu­dents from Canada se­lected as a re­cip­i­ent of the Beaver­brook Vimy Prize.

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