Upper Canada College Grade 10 student Karman Cheema’s appreciation and knowledge of history has earned him $1,000 and a Government of Canada History Award.
The awards were launched in February, and 100 students and 20 high school teachers received awards for this first edition. Grade 10 and 11 students had to submit a 1,000-to-1,200-word essay based on one of five challenging questions to be eligible, while teachers had to submit a classroom project on one of three themes.
“I discussed how the Battle of Vimy Ridge was the driving momentum towards complete Canadian independence,” says Cheema. “I believe that the victory at Vimy Ridge is truly one of the most significant events in Canadian history.”
Two national winners were selected from the winning students’ essays, but even being among the top 100 is an honour for students like Cheema who name history as a favourite subject.
“I find it fascinating to be able to look at the past and reflect on all of the events that have shaped what our world looks like today,” he says.
Teacher recipients received $2,000 while student recipients received $1,000 for their efforts. What does Cheema plan on doing with the money?
“Good question, I don’t really know just yet,” he says. “I plan to donate some to a charity of my choice, and probably save the rest.”
Canada’s History Society is responsible for administering the awards on behalf of the Government of Canada.