About 50 Grade 3 to 8 students showcased Canadian history and heritage as they competed in the St. James Assiniboia School Division Heritage Fair.
"It’s exactly like a science fair, except it’s history," said co-organizer Carmen Lachance, who teaches at École Assiniboine.
"Unlike a science fair a lot of the kids wear costumes or other things because it represents their project."
During the fair, held at John Taylor Collegiate last Thursday, students created backboards detailing their chosen topic and gave speeches as long as five minutes to judges asking about their work.
Grade 6 student Hope Manness from Ness Middle School looked at the history of Canadian food issues with her project, titled What’s in Your Food?
"I used Canadian references of places that got shut down because they were over-dosing E. coli," Manness said.
Jessie Wood of Lincoln Middle School used a family connection to explore Canadian history with her project, titled The Dieppe Raid, which won the Best Grade 8 Project award.
Her late great-grandfather, Harvey Arnold Wood, fought in the famous Second World War battle as part of the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders.
"I never actually met him," said Wood, wearing the same military jacket her great-grandfather is wearing in a picture she displayed, along with medals in a glass case.
For her project she researched the battle and spoke to her dad — who was the person Harvey chose to share stories with.
"I think I really would have liked him," she said.
Student projects were chosen from individual school project fairs held earlier in the year, Lachance said, and from there either went on to the divisional science fair held April 3 at George Waters Middle School or Thursday’s heritage fair.
A group of musicians and singers from Bruce Middle School called Razzamajazz performed at the awards ceremony, and students partook in a temporary tattoo station, Lachance said.
Students also got a soapstone carving demonstration from Michael ManyEagles.
"The kids were very excited, and we had door prizes to give away," she said, citing chocolate, theatre tickets and museum passes.
"Fun was had by all… and big trophies for the top grade projects."
Best project winners from Grades 3 through 8, respectively, were Hannah
Trickett, Karin Plavin, Dominick Nedotiafko, Julia Monkhouse, Brynn Miles, and Jessie Wood.