Student Achievement Awards District 2 Algoma OSSTF
Jazmyn Maki and McKenna Chalmers, both of Wawa, ON, are this year’s OSSTF District 2 Marion Drysdale Student Achievement Award winners. They were supported and encouraged by Cathy Lachine, Member of the Teachers’ Bargaining Unit.
The Marion Drysdale Award is an annual competition that has been occurring since 1984. Its goal is ‘the intellectual development of our students and an interest in society.’ For the last four years, Cathy Lachine has supported students and promoted this competition at Michipicoten High School and each year her students have been successful at the District level. District winners are then forwarded to both regional and provincial contests. Students from Michipicoten High School have been Regional winners in past years.
This year, the theme was ‘Kindness is a Renewable Resource.’
McKenna wrote a poem entitled ‘Nice Guys Don’t Finish Last.’ Her poem begins with:
“People always say that nice guys finish last,
But what if I told you that quote is a miscast?”
and concludes with:
“We need kindness to be expressed,
That way the whole world will be at its best.
The other quote should be put in the past
Because nice guys don’t finish last.”
Jazmyn entered in the visual arts division with a painting called ‘Under the Umbrella.’ She says she has been encouraged by both her mother and Mrs. Lachine for years to enter the contest and finally managed to have time to do so this year.
“OSSTF District 2 Algoma is proud of the students of Algoma and the education staff that support them. Thank-you Jazmyn, McKenna and Mrs. Lachine for the example and reminder to BE KIND.”