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An 11-year-old Balmoral Hall student is taking part in a national video contest for the chance to win a trip to Ottawa to attend Canada’s History Youth Forum.
Adi Groumoutis, along with her classmates, fashioned projects relating to Canada’s history during their social studies class this year. The projects were entered into the school’s Heritage Fair Contest and five projects were chosen to go on and represent the school at regionals.
Groumoutis brought her project on the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike to regionals, which was the Red River Heritage Fair held at the Duckworth Centre, and received two awards, The Manitoba History Award and The Young Citizens Award.
Upon receiving The Young Citizen’s Award, she was encouraged to record a short video about her project for this national history contest. More than 170 young filmmakers from across the country took part in the Canada’s History contest, 10 of which are from Winnipeg.
"It means a lot just to know I’ve made it this far," Groumoutis said. "I’ve never really had this opportunity before so it’s really interesting but even if I don’t go to Ottawa, I will still be happy with what I’ve achieved."
This is the first time Groumoutis has done a backboard project or created an iMovie, The Grade 6 student completed her project independently during school hours and constructed a three-dimensional streetcar to add to her project’s visual presentation.
"Up to 35,000 men and women went on strike in a city of 175,000," Groumoutis said. "The workers were mentally and physically abused, they couldn’t take any time off even for a funeral or else they would most likely get fired."
While the contest is half based on online voting, the other half is based on the judges’ scores. Public voting is still open on the website until July 5 at youngcitizens.ca under "Find a Young Citizen."
In Groumoutis’ video, she stands at iconic Winnipeg destinations describing the historic details of the strike as archival photos flash across the screen, bringing life to her words.
Groumoutis’s mom, Toula, said her daughter is very strong academically and has exceeded her expectations. At the Balmoral Hall Middle School graduation ceremony on June 16, Groumoutis accepted awards for having the highest math mark, highest science mark and highest overall average in her grade, among others.