LOCKEPORT AND DIGBY, N.S. – Two students from the tri-counties are looking for votes in a Canada’s History for Kids Young Citizens competition.
Kevin Cotter, a Grade 7 student from Lockeport Regional High School and Ava O’Neil, a Grade 7 student at Digby Regional High, school both received awards in this year’s Tri-County Heritage Fair and both have gone on to enter videos in the Young Citizens competition about their projects.
Students have the opportunity to win a trip to Ottawa. This vote is one of six criteria that will make up a student’s final score.
O’Neil’s heritage fair project is on abandoned structures in the Municipality of Digby. CLICK HERE
“I picked this topic because I thought it would be an interesting way to learn about my community. My father tears down building as part of his job, so I’ve heard a lot stories from him which peaked my interest,” she says in a description on the website. “To conduct my research I drove on every road in the Municipality of Digby. I captured photos of 340 abandoned structures that I found and put them in a slideshow as part of my presentation.”
Kevin Cotter’s project is on the changes in lobster fishing and how it has evolved over the past 150 years. His project examines interesting things he learned, important lessons to share with others and how lobster fishing today compares then and now. CLICK HERE
“The lobster fishery is the economic backbone of my community and many others in Nova Scotia. It is a way of life that has been passed down in my family for many generations,” he says. “I really enjoyed listening and talking to older fishermen about their stories and the changes over the years. It is important to learn the ways of doing things in the past, to keep our culture and traditions alive.”
To vote for the projects, and to read more about them and watch the videos, click onto the links provided in this post from the Canada’s History for Kids website. Voting opened June 12 and closes June 22.