Congratulations to (L-R) Alexandra Djuric, Sarah Baker and Bethany Poltl, winners of Student Achivement Awards for District 22 of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation's Marion Drysdale Awards
Sarah Baker and Alexandra Djuric
won in the Prose/Poetry Senior Grade 11-12 Category, with their submission "Accounts From the War",
a collection of letters written by the two girls from the perspective of a person caught up in the middle of a war, with no end in sight.
won in the Visual and Media, Grade 9-12 Category, with her submission "Aspire",
her spoken-word work, recited on video.
In 2019 the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, sponsor of the Student Achievement Awards in honour of Marion Drysdale, is celebrating its 100th Anniversary
! For this year, students were asked to reflect on our past and consider our future as human beings. Our world has changed dramatically over the past century. From women and Indigenous persons being given the right to vote, the atom bomb, space travel, same sex marriage, to the invention of computers and the internet, are we really “Ahead by a Century”
? Or is the illusion of progress really just keeping us in the past? Perhaps, with our many inventions and innovations, we really have progressed. But the ways we express – or fail to express – our humanity in our dealings with others still has a long way to go before we can truly think of ourselves as advanced.