Citizenship Challenge winners have landed in Ottawa

March 18, 2015

Students put their national knowledge to the test, receive 100% on mock citizenship exam

Ottawa - March 18, 2015 - Historica Canada would like to congratulate the Grand Prize Winners of the 2014 Citizenship Challenge. Out of 60,000 Canadian who participated in the national contest, Rebecca Xie of Brandon, MB and Samantha Quinto of Scarborough, ON, won the all-expenses-paid trips to Ottawa.


Staying at the Fairmont Château Laurier, they will explore Canada's history and culture with personal tours of Parliament Hill, the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum.


“Rebecca and Samantha are informed, engaged young Canadians. We're delighted to be able to provide them with the opportunity to build on their commitment” said Anthony Wilson-Smith, president of Historica Canada.


Called a “genius” by her Vice Principal at Neelin High School, 17-year-old Rebecca is an avid member of several school clubs, including the Gay-Straight Alliance and the Journalism Team. She not only scored 100% on the Citizenship Challenge, but on all three of the 2015 Manitoba provincial exams.


“I had learned a lot about Canadian history in her class, and I was interested in learning more. Once I felt confident in my knowledge of Canada, I took the quiz, and the rest is history!” said Rebecca. She received 100% on the mock citizenship exam.


Samantha, also 17 years old, is the editor of her award-winning student newspaper at Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School. She is involved in many social justice clubs and spends much of her time volunteering.


The Citizenship Challenge asks Canadians to put their national knowledge to the test, by studying for and writing a mock citizenship exam. Do you believe all Canadians should be ready to answer the same questions about their country as new Canadians? We do. The program is made possible through funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.


Historica Canada is the country’s largest organization dedicated to enhancing awareness of Canada’s history and citizenship. For more information, visit




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