2018 Poetry Contest - Celebrating Agriculture in Alberta

Thank you to everyone who submitted a poem to the contest. We hope everyone enjoyed taking part! 

Congraulations to the winners and honourable mention recipientes listed below, as well as to the studnets who won the random draws for a seat on the vintage railway excursions with the Lieutenant Governor.

Grade 4 Winner - Zachary Buchan from Tempo School in Edmonton. Poem title: The Chuckwagon by Zachary Buchan (.pdf)

Grade 4 Honourable Mention - Avery Lange, Glenbow School in Cochrane. Poem title: Peter Knight by Avery Lange (.pdf)

Grade 4 Honourable Mention - Israa Bennaceur, Calgary Islamic School, OBK Camous. Poem title: James Gladstone by Israa Bennaceur (.pdf)

Grade 5 Winner - James Cenaiko from Bearspaw Christian School in Calgary. Poem title:  James Gladstone by James Cenaiko (.pdf)

Grade 5 Honourable Mention - Lincoln Daniels, Escuela St. Margaret School in Calgary. Poem title: Guy Weadick by Lincoln Daniels (.pdf)

Grade 5 Honourable Mention - Katelyn Onwuka, Monsignor J.J. O'Brien School in Calgary. Poem title: Florence LaDue by Katelyn Onwuka (.pdf)

Grade 6 Winner - Carissa Lewis, Ecole St. Gerard in Grande Prairie. Poem title:   Hazel Braithwaite by Carissa Lewis (.pdf)

Grade 6 Honourable Mention - Isabella H., St, Margaret School in Calgary. Poem title: Spitz Sunflower Seeds by Isabella H. (.pdf)

Grade 6 Honourable Mention - A student from Ecole Notre Dame in Edmonton. Poem title: En l'Honneur de F. LaDue by Anna Balazs (.pdf)

About the contest

All  upper elementary students were invited to create poems to celebrate interesting people throughout Alberta's history who have led the way in farming, ranching and caring for the land. This was a special contest from Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.  The poetry contest was part of Her Honour's larger GROWS initiative for 2018, which will focus on agriculture throughout the year. 

The contest opened on January 11, 2018. It was open to Grade 4, 5, and 6 classrooms in Alberta as well as 4-H clubs. Students were invited to look through the list of 50 historical figures, find a story that captured their attention...and then start writing!  Poems could  be in any style and  in English or French.  The contest closed on May 5, 2018.

The grand prize for each grade was an annual family pass to Alberta Historic Sites. Every student who has a poem submitted by their school or 4-H club also received a special certificate signed by the Lieutenant Governor. Every participating school and 4-H club was also recognized.Every poem submitted to the contest was included in a random draw. Prizes were two seats (student and parent/guardian) on one of two vintage train excursions with the Lieutenant Governor on the Aspen Crossing Railway and the Alberta Prairie Railway.

Contest Poster (.pdf)

2018 Poetry Contest Information & Guidelines - English (.pdf)

50 Biographies of Alberta Agriculture Leaders - English (.pdf)

50 Biographies of Alberta Agriculture Leaders - English (Word .docx)

Règlements et détails du concours (.pdf)

2018 Concours de Poésie 50 Biographies (Word .docx)

2018 Concours de Poésie 50 Biographies (.pdf)

Affiche du concours (.pdf)


Education resources for teachers:

Lesson Plans

Resources to support curricula

UFA Historical Society Archives