March 26, 2018

Gordon Graydon Memorial student receives 2017 Government of Canada History Award

​Ahmed Abbas, grade 11 student from Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School is one of 192 students from across Canada to receive Canada's History's 2017 Government of Canada History Awards. Over 800 students submitted their entries. Ahmed essay, A Dark Future Seen through Rose-Coloured Glasses covering the relevance of the Montreal '67 Expo is awarded for demonstrating his deep understanding and critical thinking skills of the subject.

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Ahmed is no stranger to this award. He previous received this award back in 2016 with his essay on the Unjust Limiting of Aboriginal and Treaty Rights. His talent with words does stop there. In 2017, Ahmed delivered his speech about social justice which got him to the finals in the 2017 Speakers Idol contest, a widely recognized speech competition in Ontario. 

Each year, Canada's History presents the award to students who demonstrate great interest, exceptional work and deep understanding of Canadian history. High school students are required to submit an original essay on various topics selected by Canada's History that demonstrate original research, historical analysis, good knowledge of the subject matter and critical thinking skills. The winners are selected by an independent jury made up of history educators. Ahmed received $2000 for his award-winning essay.

Read Ahmed's award-winning essay here: A Dark Future Seen through Rose-Coloured Glasses by Ahmed Abbas, grade 11 student from Gordon Graydon Memorial.pdf

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