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Transcona student places well at fair

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An Immanuel Christian School student’s project turned some heads at the recent Red River Heritage Fair.

Grade 9 student Lori DeBoer’s project on the Spiral Tunnels in British Columbia landed her a top-three finish at the University of Winnipeg’s Duckworth Centre on May 2.

British Columbia joined Confederation in 1871, on the condition that Prime Minister John A. Macdonald would build a railroad. The Spiral Tunnels, located in the Kicking Horse Pass, replaced the steeply-graded Big Hill. The Spiral Tunnels were completed in 1909.

"(I explored) why they’re important to Canadian history and why they’re still there today," she said. "Without them, British Columbia wouldn’t be a part of Canada, because they said that they weren’t going to join Canada unless they were connected somehow."

The project consisted of an essay as well as a visual presentation on a backboard.

DeBoer, a Transcona resident, completed the project in class over the course of a month, and then won her grade level in the school heritage fair to qualify for the Red River fair.

She said the judging portion was tough in the early going, but she eventually adapted.

"I was a little bit nervous at first, but you enjoy it, because you love your topic," she said. "What you do is, instead of giving them an opportunity to ask questions, you just talk about your project so they don’t have a lot of questions."

For her placement, DeBoer received a Sony camera from Henry’s at 1592 Regent Ave. W.

DeBoer said she finds history interesting, noting she did a project on the Red River Rebellion two years ago for a similar fair.

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