Melanie Scuka, a student from North Peel Secondary School wins provincial education award

    Annual meeting of 600 high school teachers and educational workers
    applaud outstanding students' work

    TORONTO, March 13 /CNW/ - Melanie Scuka, a student at North Peel
Secondary School, received on Monday, March 12, 2007 the highest honour that
the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) can bestow upon a
student - the Marion Drysdale Award.
    Melanie won for the Intermediate, 9-10, Applied/Essential category in the
prose or poetry division of this prestigious award. She was sponsored by her
teacher Joan Mee.
    This is the 20th consecutive year in which the Federation has presented
the Drysdale Awards. The awards, a cash prize of $300 and framed certificate,
were presented 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. Minister of Education Kathleen Wynne
congratulated Melanie for her entry entitled, "Stop!"

    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.

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For further information:

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

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