Adrianna Rowe, a student from Aurora High School wins provincial education award

    TORONTO, March 13 /CNW/ - Adrianna Rowe, a student at Aurora High School,
is the recipient of the highest honour that the Ontario Secondary School
Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) can bestow upon a student - the Marion Drysdale
    Adrianna won for the Intermediate, 9-10, Academic category in the prose
or poetry division of this prestigious award for her entry entitled, "Our
future generation of innovation." She was sponsored by her teacher David
    This is the 20th consecutive year in which the Federation has presented
the Drysdale Awards - a cash prize of $300 and framed certificate.
Unfortunately, Adrianna was not available to attend the presentation of the
award at the Annual Meeting of the Provincial Assembly of the Ontario
Secondary School Teachers' Federation in Toronto before more than 600 cheering
members and guests of OSSTF.

    The awards were presented for poem or essay submissions in six
prose/poetry categories:
    -   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.
    And for creative entries there are two categories:
    -   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. This year's theme was "Innovation with purpose."
    The contest is named after Marion Drysdale, who died of cancer in 1983
just after retiring from the position of secretary to the general secretary of
OSSTF. Drysdale was noted for her keen interest in reading and history.
    A booklet containing all the winning students' submissions can be
obtained on request from the OSSTF provincial office. A professionally
produced DVD about the students and their work is also available.

    OSSTF/FEESO, founded in 1919, has 50,000 members across Ontario. They
include public high school teachers, occasional teachers, teaching assistants,
continuing education instructors, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language
pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, attendance counsellors,
and many others in education.

For further information:

For further information: Doug Little, (416) 751-8300, 1-800-267-7867,
(416) 577-5997 Cell

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