Jack Roy, a Grade 11 student from Leo Hayes High School in Fredericton, and Rose He, a Grade 11 student from Fredericton High School, are among 16 students chosen from across the country to receive the 2019 Beaverbrook Vimy Prize, presented by the Vimy Foundation of Canada and the Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation.
The Beaverbrook Vimy Prize is dedicated to preserving and promoting Canada's legacy during the First World War as symbolized with the historic victory at Vimy Ridge in April 1917. The notorious battle is recognized as a milestone when Canada came of age as a military force on the world stage.
Recipients of the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize have the opportunity to participate in an immersive educational program in Belgium and France during the summer.
From August 7-20, Roy and He will join this year's other prize winners in travelling to Europe to learn about Canada's history and contributions during the First and Second World War.
"It is vital that we learn from our past to prevent future conflicts as deadly at the First and Second World Wars," Roy said. "Visiting Vimy Ridge and other battlefields in Europe where Canadians, and more specificilly New Brunswickers fought for what they believed in, serves to educate the youth of today in the most direct way possible."
Alumni from the Vimy Prize become ambassadors for the Vimy Foundation following their participation in the program, and often continue working to share their new knowledge and perspective of the First and Second World Wars with their peers, schools and communities.
Since the program was established in 2006, over 180 students have been awarded the prize and have travelled to Europe with the Vimy Foundation. Some of these high school students have gone on to speak at their school's Remembrance Day ceremonies, address guests at Vimy Foundation events, and study history in university programs across the country.
Shown in the photos below are Jack Roy, Grade 11 student at Leo Hayes High School, and Rose He, Grade 11, Fredericton High School.