Winnipeg — February 18, 2014 — Historica Canada is pleased to announce that St. John’s-Ravenscourt School is home to this year’s winners of the Citizenship Challenge. With a 92% average, Matt Henderson’s grade 9 class beat out more than 1,130 classrooms from across Canada to win the Classroom Grand Prize. More than 57,000 students competed in the 2013 edition of the Challenge.
"By definition, active citizens should be both engaged and informed, and Matt Henderson's students demonstrate all of those qualities, along with impressive knowledge of Canadian history," said Anthony Wilson-Smith, President of Historica Canada. "We congratulate them - and we're inspired by their example."
During the special citizenship celebration, students gathered to hear inspiring stories of civic engagement from Winnipeg Members of Parliament, Joyce Bateman and Steven Fletcher. Students participated in a Reaffirmation Ceremony to bolster their civic spirit. They were also treated to a “gallery by gallery walkthrough” of what they can expect to see, do and learn at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, set to open in September 2014.
"On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, congratulations to the proud young Canadians at St John's-Ravenscourt School who, by winning this contest, have demonstrated the rights and responsibilities that come with being a citizen," said Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander. "Citizenship is a pledge of mutual responsibility and a shared commitment to values rooted in our history. By participating in the Citizenship Challenge, these students have reinforced the fact that whether you were born here in Canada or you immigrated here, as a citizen of this great country, Canadian history is your history."
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.
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