Regional heritage fair shines spotlight on history, student research

Article Posted: Friday, May 10, 2019

​Over 100 students from 22 schools in ASD-W took part in a Regional Heritage Fair May 9 in Fredericton with 89 booths on display for the judges. Winners will move on to the provincial showcase to be held June 22-23 at the Acadian Village in Caraquet.

The 2019 Heritage Fair commemorated the 100th anniversary of Women's Suffrage in New Brunswick, the Year of Indigenous Languages and the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Students from Forest Hill Elementary opened the event with the singing of the national anthem and the Wolastoqey Cihpolakonok dancers from Hubbard Avenue Elementary School performed a special dance for students and guests dressed in First Nations attire.

Wayne Annis, Director of Schools for ASD-W, commended the students for their work, noting the displays were full of interesting stories which make you think about the history of the province and the country and how that heritage is reflected in daily life.

"Heritage is something that contributes to our society, our nation and our culture," said Annis. "It makes us who we are. As we look to our past, we can celebrate what we did right and learn from our mistakes of the past so we can make sure they are not repeated." 

Following the judging, students took part in field trips to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick. Awards were presented to the top students before the close of activities in the afternoon. Award winners were as follows:

Provincial Showcase: Jonathan O'Grady and Jarrett Barrett, Nackawic Middle School, for the Big Axe Brewery; Amanda Morris, George Street Middle School, for the display Alanis Obomosawin; Samantha Scott, Harold Peterson Middle School, the Polio Epidemic in Canada.

Young Citizen's Awards: Tanner Trail, Nackawic Middle School, for Mountain View Taxidermy; Yuser Mahmud, Kingsclear Consolidated School, the New Heritage - the Muslin Community Heritage; Eli Paul, Hubbard Avenue Elementary School, for the display Fred Saskamoose.

Shown in the photo below are (1) Samantha Scott, Grade 6 Harold Peterson Middle School; (2) Shyla Nicholas; (3) Grade 7 Bliss Carman Middle School; (4) Rhys Rowinski, Grade 5 Garden Creek Elementary School; (5) Scott Beach, Grade 7 Bliss Carman Middle School; (6) Dancers from Hubbard Avenue Elementary School.

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