Winners off to next round

FOUR LOCAL students are off to the 2012 Provincial Heritage Fair in Abbotsford after being selected at the Northwest Regional Heritage Fair.


FOUR LOCAL students are off to the 2012 Provincial Heritage Fair in Abbotsford after being selected based on displays made for the Northwest Regional Heritage Fair held here earlier this month.

Ryan Kunar, Makayla Russell, Niel Strydom and Maggy Mae Ottenbreit will be joined by Jeren Jack from Hazelton at the June 29-July 3 event in the Fraser Valley.

They’ll be among 70 students participating from 12 regions of B.C. in workshops and tours designed to highlight the province’s heritage.

Students were selected based on judges’ recommendations and then on group demographics and ability to travel to the provincial fair.

The theme for the regional fair this year was “Bringing History to Life” and students selected a variety of topics.

Of those going to Abbotsford, Ryan Kunar from Skeena Junior chose the story of the Komagata Maru, Niel Strydom from Uplands the history of the Canadian flag, Makayla Russell from Thornhill Junior chose communities along the Skeena River, Maggy Mae Ottenbreit from Uplands chose Queen Elizabeth II and Jeren Jack from John Field Elementary in Hazelton chose Solomon Jack.

Awards were also won by Cassie Hall students Brittany Peden, Nickolis Yasinchuk and Shivohn Peters and Megan Christiansen from Centennial Christian School. Magdalene Vandenberg, a local home-schooled student, also won an award.

From John Field in Hazelton,  Aryona Pullano, Wakas Vickers, Paolo Rubinato and David Charette won awards.

Ava Jade Michell and Joel Castanon from Moricetown Elementary were winners, joining Dorian Quock from Suwilaawks and Payshence Crooks, Renae Nyce and Elise Theriault from Thornhill Junior.

From Uplands, Ben Goslin, Nick Scott, Keith Buell, Jordan Scott, Lexi Shinde, Megan Bellamy, Sydni Louie, Shalye Prins, Harminder Takhar, Chance Soden, Sarah Jepsen-Dooley, Julia Bowles and Briana Greer won awards.