Students of art, drama, music, dance, trades, media, culinary arts, photography and technology will have an opportunity to showcase their talents and hard work as they compete for one of 64 $1,000 scholarship awards that will be presented following the School District 22 District Project Scholarship Competition this week.
The event has grown each year, and this year will be presented at Kalamalka Secondary School Theatre and Vernon Rec Centre over three days, Tuesday to Thursday.
“We are very excited to showcase the hard work and talents of our graduating students,” said director of instruction Joe Rogers. “Our performing students welcome you to attend the Kalamalka Secondary School Theatre on Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
“The theatre is an excellent venue for students to showcase their work while encouraging the public to come out and see their many talents.”
The students have been working on their projects for a good portion of the year, with some of the projects spanning multiple years.
“They have been working with dedicated sponsor teachers who offer them ongoing support, advice and guidance,” said Rogers, who is also district scholarship chairperson.
Aside from the performances, all participants assemble a display that shows their work and completed projects to others. This part of the competition will take place at the Vernon Recreation Centre, and will be open to the public on Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The scholarships are open to all Grade 12 students at the five secondary schools in the district. The Ministry of Education provides each winning recipient with an award of $500 upon wining the scholarship competition and another $500 when the student enrolls at a post-secondary institution.
Each participant will be judged by three judges. A judge from the community with expertise in the specific project area will serve as the primary judge.
“We rely so much on the high level of community expertise to serve as our judging panel. Our community experts have provided this service each year and have provided wonderful feedback to our students,” said Rogers. “We would like to publicly acknowledge their contributions to this event.”
Students will also be judged by a secondary judge as well as a fellow participant.
“The district continues to focus on Assessment for Learning, including peer assessment, a process of engaging students more in their learning, and we felt this would be the perfect time to use this process with our high-performing students. We used this process last year and participants found it to be valuable to talk with other students about their scholarship project.
“Each year the participants receive feedback from their three judges and wait to see the tally of scores to determine the winners. This year they will have an opportunity to directly interact and provide feedback to another participant in what we believe will be a rich and meaningful experience.”
Judging of the displays takes place Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Judging of the performances takes place at Kalamalka Secondary on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
All sessions are open to the public and admission is free.
“Please join us in celebrating the skills and talents of our Grade 12 students. We are very proud of each of them and we hope to see you there!”