OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

March 11, 2012 14:44 ET

Jessica Serson, a Student from Hammarskjold High School, Wins Provincial Education Award

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 11, 2012) -

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Jessica Serson, a student at Hammarskjold High School, is the recipient of the highest honour that the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) can bestow upon a student-the Student Achievement Award (in honour of Marion Drysdale).

Serson won the intermediate grades 9-10 academic category in the prose or poetry division of this prestigious award for her entry entitled, "Butterflies and Salt." She was sponsored by her teacher Alexandra Kraft-Wilson.

"Jessica's poem is a concise piece of writing densely packed with powerful images. It is a fine piece of writing and had a great impact on our provincial judges," said OSSTF/FEESO President Ken Coran.

This is the 27th consecutive year in which the Federation has presented the Student Achievement Awards (formerly known as the Marion Drysdale Awards). This year each winning student was awarded with a cash prize of $1,000 and a framed certificate.

The awards were presented for poem or essay submissions in five prose/poetry categories:

  • intermediate grades 9-10 academic;
  • intermediate grades 9-10 applied/essential;
  • senior grades 11-12 university;
  • senior, grades 11-12 college/workplace;
  • French.

And for creative entries there are three categories:

  • intermediate visual art;
  • senior visual art; and
  • French or English video/audio/animation.

Entries are judged at four successive levels: school, district, regional and provincial. The competition is open to all Ontario public high school students. This year's theme was "The Right to Speak. The Responsibility to Listen."

The contest is named after Marion Drysdale who died of cancer in 1983 just after retiring from the position of secretary to the general secretary of OSSTF/FEESO. Drysdale was noted for her keen interest in reading and history.

A booklet containing all the winning student submissions can be obtained on request from the OSSTF/FEESO provincial office. A professionally produced DVD about the students and their work is also available.

OSSTF/FEESO, founded in 1919, has 60,000 members across Ontario. They include public high school teachers, occasional teachers, educational assistants, continuing education teachers and instructors, early childhood educators, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, university support staff, and many others in education.

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Contact Information

  • Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
    Randy Banderob
    416.432.3304
    or after March 12 at 416.751.8300/1.800.267.7867