Students’ media carry the message

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation has a great awards program for students at public high schools in Ontario. Every September the Student Achievement Awards in honour of Marion Drysdale puts out a thoughtful theme for students to ponder. This year’s theme was Become the Solution: Words into Action. Students are then asked to produce a creative piece based on this theme. There are categories in writing, visual art and digital media. Students worked is first judged at the  school level and then, if successful, move on to District, Regional and finally Provincial levels. The eight provincial finalist each win $1000.00 and are brought to Toronto (for the organization’s annual general meeting) to receive their award from the Minister of Education.

Students and their teachers are also filmed talking about their work and how it relates to the theme. The video can be viewed here.

A booklet highlighting the winners work is also produced and be downloaded here.

This is an awesome program for creative high school students and the awards are substantial. If you know a young person who loves to create, send them here to check out the rules and guidelines for next year’s program.

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