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Students from École Port Elgin Saugeen Central School put their country's history on display at their annual Heritage Fair presentation March 6.

Hub Staff

For the third year running, Grade 7 and 8 students of École Port Elgin Saugeen Central School (ÉPESCS) delved into Canada's vast history to find a subject for their Heritage Fair presentation. From artists to astronauts, triumphs to disasters, royalty to poverty, 138 budding patriots covered an impressive portion of our expansive country.

On Wednesday, March 6 in the Saugeen Central gymnasium, the students displayed their projects to fellow classmates, parents and teachers. Their Canadian pride shone through as they passionately discussed their chosen topics. Some students donned full costumes, stepping into the characters they uncovered in their research.

A panel of 24 volunteer judges whittled the 138 student projects down to fewer than 50 who then underwent another round of judging to come up with 22 students who will present at the regionals on April 18 at the Grey Roots Museum and Archives in Owen Sound.


Hillary Bromfield chose to explore the life and works of great Canadian artist Emily Carr. Bromfield explained that she was not only inspired by Carr’s paintings, but also her voice as a women’s activist. Hillary will be moving forward to the regionals in April.


Peter Alpajaro was drawn to the history of Quebec after many visits to the province with his family. Alpajaro will also be continuing on to regionals at Grey Roots in the spring.


Allie McMeekin assembled props to represent the weight of a Dionne Quintuplet infant compared to an average infant at birth.


Donya’s research took her on a mission beyond the Canadian boundaries as she followed Chris Hadfield on his three space flights.


Minkyu was driven to explore the evolution of cars on Prince Edward Island, constructing his own model of a steam-powered car.


An exquisitely decorated display, portraying the life of Queen Victoria and her impact on Canada.