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A trip he won’t forget


Jacob Farrell and 18 other students from across the province will retrace this summer the steps of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment during the First World War.

Jacob Farrell, a student at Donald C. Jamieson Academy in Burin, was selected as the winner of the Ambassador Award during the Burin Peninsula Regional Heritage Fair at Christ the King School in Rushoon Friday. 

He was selected as the winner of the Ambassador Award during the Burin Peninsula Regional Heritage Fair Friday at Christ the King School in Rushoon.

The award recognizes excellence in student projects commemorating the First World War.

Jacob, a Grade 7 student at Donald C. Jamieson Academy in Burin, completed his project on the forget-me-not flower and how it became a symbol of the regiment after the First World War.

“I chose this topic because it really interested me and I wanted to learn more,” he said.

Jacob said he worked on his project for about a month and is looking forward to standing in the places he researched for his project.

“I visited The Rooms, the legion in St. John’s, and I used lots of books and the Internet to do my research,” he said.

The Honour 100 program of the provincial Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development sponsors the Ambassador Award. The trip to Europe is scheduled for July 27-July 4.

A total of 49 projects were entered in this year’s regional fair, which is open to students from Grade 4-12. The theme was “Service and Sacrifice: Shaping our Culture.”

There were three overall winners selected during the fair.

In addition to Jacob, who won the grades 6-7 category, Mackenzie Clarke took the grades 8-9 group with her project on the Truxtun and Pollux disaster while Emily Pittman and her project on the Newfoundland Rangers was the winner for grades 4-5. Mackenzie and Emily are both students at St. Lawrence Academy.

Heritage fairs are a project of the Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Award winners

 

Effective Presentation of the Theme Award

Victoria Power – Fortune Bay Academy

 

Archival Materials Award

Riley Planke – Sacred Heart Academy

 

Museum Resources Award

Jacob Farrell – Donald C. Jamieson Academy

 

Parks Canada National History Award

D’Artagnan Whiffen – Christ the King School

 

Architectural Heritage Award

Jayda Squires – Sacred Heart Academy

 

Excellent Use of Artifacts as a Resource Award

Tristan Whittle – Christ the King School

 

Exceptional Interview

Michael Ralph – Christ the King School (Grades 4-5)

Jacob Farrell – Donald C. Jamieson Academy (Grades 6-7)

Mackenzie Clarke – St. Lawrence Academy (Grades 8-9)

 

WW100 Commemoration Award

Hannah Lambe – St. Lawrence Academy

 

Canada’s History Award of Merit

D’Artagnan Whiffen – Christ the King School

 

Health Care Award

Maryanne Coombs – St. Joseph’s All-Grade

 

Wooden Boat Heritage Award

Justin Butler – Christ the King School

 

The Island Rooms Fishing Heritage Award

Alexis Hackett – Fortune Bay Academy

 

Public Library Award

Jacob Farrell – Donald C. Jamieson Academy

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