“Student Citizens of the Year” take to Ottawa

March 20, 2014

Citizenship Challenge winners will explore Canadian history and culture in nation’s capital

Ottawa - March 20, 2014 - The 2013 Grand Prize Winners of Historica Canada’s Citizenship Challenge have landed in Ottawa for their all-expenses paid trip. Aysha Cotterill of Wawa, ON, and Rahul Bhutani of Edmonton, AB, were declared “Student Citizens of the Year” for receiving 100% on the Challenge – a mock citizenship exam that tests students’ national knowledge. A record 57,000 students participated in the Challenge this year.

“A good citizen is an informed one,” said Anthony Wilson-Smith, president of Historica Canada. “The young people who take part in our Citizenship Challenge understand that, and the level of knowledge that Aysha and Rahul demonstrate about our country should be an inspiration to Canadians of all ages.” 

For the next two days, Aysha, 15, and Rahul, 14, will stay at the Fairmont Château Laurier while exploring Canada’s history and culture with tours of Rideau Hall, Parliament Hill, the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian War Museum.

 “I took this challenge because I love Canada and I wanted to see how much I knew about Canada; luckily I knew a lot because I got 100%! I think it is very important to know about the country you reside in.” Rahul enthusiastically mentioned when awarded his prize. “I am so excited about the trip to Ottawa! My teacher told me the good news and I can't wait!” Aysha exclaimed.

"Canadian citizenship is highly valued, and being a fully-engaged citizen comes with many important rights and responsibilities," said Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander. "These civic responsibilities have been demonstrated by students like Aysha and Rahul, who have shown their dedication to Canada and their pride as citizens by learning about our country's values, traditions and rich history. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I am proud to congratulate 2013's Student Citizens of the Year!"

Presented by Historica Canada, the Citizenship Challenge asks youth from grade 7 to 12 (Secondary I-V in Quebec), to put their national knowledge to the test, by studying for and writing a 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. Visit www.citizenshipchallenge.ca.
Historica Canada is the largest charitable organization dedicated to Canadian history, identity and citizenship. Its mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of Canada. 


For further information please contact: 
Fadia Otariste, Communications Officer
416 506-1867 ext. 259
Elise Cotter, Program Coordinator
416 506 1867 x 250 (work) 416 455 6938 (cell)