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COMMUNITY: St. John’s students to walk in footsteps of Canada’s First and Second World War history


Two local high school students have won a prestigious national award from the Vimy Foundation to travel to historical sites in Europe, the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize.Out of over 200 hundred applicants from across the country and overseas, two students from St. John’s, Owen Martin and Haleh Zabihi, were selected to participate in this flagship scholarship program, now in its 10th year of existence.

The Beaverbrook Vimy Prize consists of a fully funded, two week educational program in England, France, and Belgium to study Canada’s tremendous efforts during the First and Second World War and the intertwined history of our countries through this period.

Scheduled for August 7-21, 2016, these 16 students (from Canada, the UK, and France) will attend lectures at Oxford, visit Essex Farm in Belgium where John McCrae wrote In Flanders Fields, walk along Juno Beach and other key sites in Normandy, and of course, pay their respects at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, among other immersive daily trips to battlefields, cemeteries and memorials.

They will also have the very special opportunity to visit the Beaumont Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, 100 years after the Battle of the Somme.

 

The Battle of Vimy Ridge has remained such a key part of our collective understanding as a country not only because it was a military victory, but because many of the core Canadian values were a contributing factor to its success: leadership, innovation, and teamwork.

Both Owen Martin and Haleh Zabihi have demonstrated many leadership qualities both at school (both are in the IB program at Holy Heart of Mary High School ) and within the wider community.

 

Owen, 17, is passionate about Canadian history; he volunteers during memorial services at his school and won the Royal Canadian Regiment essay writing contest. He is a school mentor, a member of student council, and performs in the school concert and jazz bands. Additionally, he has played in the Rotary All-Star Jazz band.

 

Haleh, also 17, excels academically and is involved in a number of different community activities. She is a volunteer figure skating coach and has also helped out as a volunteer receptionist at a medical group. She won the Bronze Award at Kiwanis Festival of Music for Under 17s in 2015, and she was the provincial champion of the Newtonian Math Competition in 2014.

 

The Vimy Foundation is a charitable organization whose mission is to preserve and promote Canada’s First World War legacy, best symbolized with the victory at Vimy Ridge in April 1917.

— Submitted by the Vimy Foundation.

The Beaverbrook Vimy Prize consists of a fully funded, two week educational program in England, France, and Belgium to study Canada’s tremendous efforts during the First and Second World War and the intertwined history of our countries through this period.

Scheduled for August 7-21, 2016, these 16 students (from Canada, the UK, and France) will attend lectures at Oxford, visit Essex Farm in Belgium where John McCrae wrote In Flanders Fields, walk along Juno Beach and other key sites in Normandy, and of course, pay their respects at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, among other immersive daily trips to battlefields, cemeteries and memorials.

They will also have the very special opportunity to visit the Beaumont Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, 100 years after the Battle of the Somme.

 

The Battle of Vimy Ridge has remained such a key part of our collective understanding as a country not only because it was a military victory, but because many of the core Canadian values were a contributing factor to its success: leadership, innovation, and teamwork.

Both Owen Martin and Haleh Zabihi have demonstrated many leadership qualities both at school (both are in the IB program at Holy Heart of Mary High School ) and within the wider community.

 

Owen, 17, is passionate about Canadian history; he volunteers during memorial services at his school and won the Royal Canadian Regiment essay writing contest. He is a school mentor, a member of student council, and performs in the school concert and jazz bands. Additionally, he has played in the Rotary All-Star Jazz band.

 

Haleh, also 17, excels academically and is involved in a number of different community activities. She is a volunteer figure skating coach and has also helped out as a volunteer receptionist at a medical group. She won the Bronze Award at Kiwanis Festival of Music for Under 17s in 2015, and she was the provincial champion of the Newtonian Math Competition in 2014.

 

The Vimy Foundation is a charitable organization whose mission is to preserve and promote Canada’s First World War legacy, best symbolized with the victory at Vimy Ridge in April 1917.

— Submitted by the Vimy Foundation.

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