Ten outstanding students honoured at OSSTF's annual meeting



    TORONTO, March 12 /CNW/ - For the 20th consecutive year, the Ontario
Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) has sponsored the Marion
Drysdale Awards which honours students from across Ontario for their
outstanding abilities and creativity. This year's theme was Innovation With
Purpose.
    OSSTF President Rhonda Kimberley-Young presented the eight provincial
awards, assisted by Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Education, at OSSTF's annual
meeting in Toronto on March 12, 2007.
    The awards were presented in eight divisions - six poem or essay
submissions in the prose/poetry categories and two in the creative categories.

    
    Prose/Poetry

    -   intermediate grades 9-10 academic
    -   intermediate grades 9-10 applied/essential;
    -   senior grades 11-12 university;
    -   senior, grades 11-12 college/workplace;
    -   French; and
    -   adult learner.

    Creative

    -   visual arts;
    -   French or English video/audio/animation.
    

    Entries are judged at four successive levels: school, district, regional
and provincial. The competition is open to all Ontario public high school
students.

    TELEVISION NEWS PRODUCERS PLEASE NOTE:

    The Drysdale ceremony featured a professionally produced 15-minute DVD
about the students and their winning submissions. This film will be
distributed on request. Please contact the OSSTF provincial office to arrange
delivery at (416) 751-8300.

    
    Marion Drysdale Award Provincial Winners

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    Student          Category         Entry Title      School       Teacher
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    Adrianna Rowe    Intermediate,    Our future       Aurora High  David
                     9-10 Academic     generation of   School,      Campoli
                                       innovation      Aurora
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    Melanie Scuka    Intermediate,    Stop!            North Peel   Joan Mee
                     9-10, Applied/                    SS, Brampton
                     Essential
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    Courtney Jay     Senior, 11-12,   The impact       St Clair SS, Rebecca
                     University        of one          Sarnia       Mayo
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    Samantha Verge   Senior, 11-12,   Making a         St Clair     Stephen
                     College/          difference      CI&TS,        Lynch
                     Workplace                         Sarnia
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    Sarah Vanasse    French           Le vie, un but   Hillcrest    Martine
                                       des plus        HS, Ottawa   Rheaume
                                       epoustouflants
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    Gaston Heneberry Adult Learner    The best of      Kirkland     Jill
                                       intentions      Lake DCS,    Slater
                                                       Kirkland Lake
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    Sydney Schell    Creative:        Wheel of         Geraldton    Rob
    Kayla Leslie     video             misfortune      CHS,         Haslam
    Lenay Hunking                                      Geraldton
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    Kinsey Lam       Creative:        Ediface of the   Ontario      Ruth
                     visual art        future          Science      Reynolds
                                                       Centre School,
                                                       Toronto
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    OSSTF/FEESO, founded in 1919, has 60,000 members across Ontario. They
include public high school teachers, occasional teachers, educational
assistants, continuing education teachers and instructors, psychologists,
secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support
personnel, attendance counsellors, and many others in education.





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For further information: Doug Little, (416) 577-5997

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