Fraser Valley Heritage Fair 2017 announces winning students and their projects

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The 2017 Fraser Valley Heritage Fair on May 11th and 12th, hosted by The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford and Heritage Abbotsford (formerly MSA Museum Society) at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is delighted to announce the winning students and their heritage projects.

A total of 110 students represented their schools and districts at the regional level, and their  projects connect to the Prescribed Learning Outcomes of the BC curriculum in social studies grades 4 to 10. Students use their questioning skills to explore multiple perspectives, seek out primary sources, understand the consequences of past actions and recognize that how we view history changes over time. They presented their projects, based on an aspect of Canadian history, to other students, the public and judges, who granted the following awards:

Stellar Achievement Awards to the following students who will represent the Fraser Valley at the Provincial Heritage Fair in Victoria on July 5 to 9:

  • Jake Arthurs, Richard Bulpitt Elementray School, Langley
  • Sukhveer Buttar, Dasmesh Punjabi School, Abbotsford
  • Lachlan MacInnes, James Kennedy Elementary, Langley

Provincial, National and Regional Awards:

  • United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada Award:  Jake Arthurs, Richard Bulpitt Elementray School, Langley
  • Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC Award:  Austin Stroomer, Prince Charles Elementary School, Abbotsford
  • Power Pioneers Award:  Nevaeh Latourneau, Agassiz Christian School, Agassiz

Category Awards:

  • Outstanding People and Events:  Sukhveer Buttar, Dasmesh Punjabi School, Abbotsford
  • Family History:  Avnoor Sidhu, Dasmesh Punjabi School, Abbotsford
  • Aboriginal Culture:  Madison Moraes, Dorothy Peacock Elementary, Langley
  • Art, Literature and Music:  Gracy Brazzese, Dormick Park Elementary, Abbotsford
  • Occupations:  Trey Hamade, Richard Bulpitt Elementary, Langley
  • Symbols and Celebrations:  Jashan Sagga, Dormick Park Elementary, Abbotsford
  • Community Stories:  Brady Pranger, Agassiz Christian School, Agassiz
  • Immigration and Multiculturalism:  Keshav Stalzer, Richard Bulpitt Elementary, Langley
  • Provincial Stories:  Brooklynn Neufeld, Dorothy Peacock Elementary, Langley
  • Canada and the World:  Kaelyn Van Samang, Langley Meadows Elementary, Langley

Students’ Choice for Best Project:  Jacob Edwards, Dorothy Peacock Elementary School, Langley
Peoples’ Choice Award for Best Project:  Gracy Brasseze, Dormick Park Elementary, Abbotsford

The Heritage Fair program encourages students to employ Historical Thinking Strategies that foster a new approach to history. Instead of teaching history, this program endeavors to create historians, and a fair’s project can help students find their place in Canadian history.