NCHD16 Exhibits

We had more Exhibit entries this year than ever before. Take a look at the incredible work our NCHD16 students did with their projects!

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NCHD16 photo album

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We had an incredible National Capital History Day on April 27, 2016. Photographer Jana Chytilova was there to capture the day.

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And the NCHD16 winners are…

Congratulations to everyone who participated in National Capital History Day today. It was our biggest (and we think, best) event to date.

Judges had some very difficult decisions to make (some even asked if they could put more than one project through to the semi-finals — they just couldn’t decide which one was best!) in all categories. But they did finally manage to choose their favourites. Here is a list of the students who went home with shiny medals today — and the school that went home with the National Capital History Day Cup.

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For the third year, a new school has claimed the National Capital History Day Cup. Photo by Jana Chytilova, National Capital History Day.

Junior English Website: Kisannet Drar (St. Paul)
Senior English Website: Nicholas Adema, Ryo Kinjo (Nepean)
Junior French Website: no entry
Senior French Website: Stephan Dalton (Cairine Wilson)
Junior English Performance: Lily-Anne Villemaire, Maya Kors, Jagnoor Saran, Grace McNally, Isabelle Collum (Elmwood)
Senior English Performance: Gillian Hollebone (Glebe)
Junior French Performance: no entry
Senior French Performance: Charlotte Scott-Frater (Canterbury)
Junior English Documentary: Wei Du (St Paul)
Senior English Documentary: Drew Eisenberg-Holmes, Mackenzie Danner (Nepean)
Junior French Documentary: Ella Fossum (Canterbury)
Senior French Documentary: Abbey Flockton, Sarah Cantin (Canterbury)
Junior English Exhibit: Ben Mask (St. Paul)
Senior English Exhibit: Peter Berghuis, Celeste Griffin, Thomas Gay, Jonathan Laliberte (Redeemer Christian)
Junior French Exhibit: Hannah Berghuis (Redeemer Christian)
Senior French Exhibit: Sophie Sobol, Olivia Melville (Canterbury)
Junior English Essay: Fiona Schute (Nepean)
Senior English Essay: Cat Carkner (Nepean)
Junior French Essay: Lucy Boyd (Canterbury)
Senior French Essay: Talia Vogt (Canterbury)
Overall school winner (as determined by a combination of participation and winning projects): Canterbury.
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NCHD16 Recap

About 300 high-school students and their teachers — along with a small army of judges — debated, discussed and dissected history for the third annual National Capital History Day today. They truly brought history alive.

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National Capital History Day 2016 is now a thing of the past. Photo by Jana Chytilova, National Capital History Day.

Using digital tools, dramatic presentations, documentary film, photographs and the power of the written word, students in Grades 9-12 showcased original projects that tackled diverse topics focusing on everything from Vikings to suffragettes to indigenous history.

Students also heard a moving keynote address from Ry Moran, the first Director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, and received a special greeting from abroad from CBC foreign correspondent Nahlah Ayed.
National Capital History Day also featured interactive history workshops for students on everything from Tudor table manners and swordfighting to the historians who work on history-based video games such as Assassin’s Creed. A “Hall of History” featured museums, archives and other businesses that included The Vimy Foundation, Ottawa Museum Network, Upper Canada Village, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa Walking Tours, Carleton University, the University of Ottawa, Algonquin College and Fulbright Canada/EducationUSA.
Sixteen schools from across the Ottawa region took part in this year’s contest at Carleton University. And there was a special guest to wrap up the awards ceremony at the end of the day — Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson presented the National Capital History Day Trophy to the winning school, Canterbury High School.
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Happy National Capital History Day!

The big day is finally here — and we can’t wait to meet this year’s student historians.

You can follow along today by Tweeting with us (we’re @OttawaHistory). Our hashtag today is #NCHD16.

We’ll be posting results on this page later this evening and we’ll have lots of photos to post to our Facebook page, too.

Good luck to all our students and schools. We’re looking forward to an excellent day of history and learning.

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The coveted National Capital History Day Cup! Glebe won in 2014, Cairine Wilson took it away in 2015. Who will win in 2016?


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NCHD16 Schedule of the day

The big day is almost here — the steering committee spent most of the day putting the finishing touches on students’ welcome packages, judges’ evaluation kits, workshop details, getting the souvenir program ready for publication and lots more.

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The steering committee have been hard at work this past weekend to make sure everything is organized for National Capital History Day 2016. 

Here’s a snapshot of what the day will look like:


7:45 – 8:10 a.m. Student arrivals. Please proceed to check-in stations in the atrium.

8 a.m. Judges’ orientation begins.

8:25 a.m.: Ottawa Police Services Pipe Band piper Neil Bell summons everyone to the opening ceremonies. Please proceed to the gymnasium when you hear the skirl of the pipes!

8:30 a.m.: Opening ceremony

  • O Canada, performed by Phia Lynne.
  • Greetings from:

Dr. André Plourde, Dean of the Faculty of Public Affairs, Carleton University

Dr. Susan Whitney, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Carleton University

Dr. Jennifer Adams, Director, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Ms. Manon Séguin, Superintendent, Student Success Department (Intermediate and Secondary), Ottawa Catholic School Board

  • Announcements
  • Prof. Susan Harada, Associate Director, Carleton School of Journalism and Communication, welcomes us to the River Building and opens the third annual National Capital History Day
  • A special greeting from CBC correspondent Nahlah Ayed

8:50 a.m.: Opening ceremony ends and is followed by a 10-minute break. Students and judges proceed to interviews/workshops.

9 a.m.: Workshops Begin. Judging of all categories begins.

11 a.m.: Most workshops end. Students may proceed to their complimentary lunch in the food court (located in the nearby University Centre).

12 p.m.

  • All judging ends.
  • All judges’ evaluations must be submitted to Registrar Alison Peters.
  • Exhibit Hall opens: Be sure to check out our student exhibits.


Prize Draw: Join us in the auditorium to win some great prizes from National Capital History Day supporters.

12:20 p.m. Keynote. Ry Moran, Director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba.

1 p.m. Awards Ceremony.

  • Medal presentations

2 p.m. Awards Ceremony ends.

2:15 p.m. Students board buses for departure.

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Students: Sign up for NCHD16 workshops

With less than two weeks to go, the days until National Capital History Day 2016 are flying

by! We look so forward to seeing all your incredible projects.

As you put the finishing touches on your work, we have one last task for you to do in

preparation for the competition. It’s a fun one, promise.

This year’s workshops are now open for registration! The link to the survey has been

sent out to each participant. If you have not yet received this link, please e-mail us and

we will get it to you as soon as possible.

We’ve listed most of our workshops in a previous post but we have two more to add

before you make your final decisions (both have already been included in the survey).

First, Think Like a Curator! A workshop presented by the Canadian War Museum. If

museums are your thing, then this workshop is for you! Learn what it takes to create an

exhibition on the First World War by using artefacts, art, photographs and other primary

sources to create your very own. Who knows, you might even find inspiration for next

year’s project!


Back by popular demand, KAIROS Canada will once again be presenting its workshop, “Indigenous History: An Interactive Timeline.” Don’t forget to sign up for your preferred workshops in this year’s National Capital History Day. Photo by Jana Chytilova, National Capital History Day.

Second, Entre littérature et histoire de la Nouvelle-France: éditer Les lettres canadiennes (1700-

1725), a French workshop offered by Sébastien Côté of the French department at

Carleton University. An ideal workshop for any immersion students amongst this year’s

competitors, this workshop will offer the opportunity to read through some never-before

published French-Canadian letters from the 18th century with an expert in the field. Who

knows what you will discover in these mysterious manuscripts … Sign up to for the

chance to find out!

These, along with the workshops already listed, can all be found in the survey sent out

yesterday. To register, simply fill in your top choices numbered 1-10 and we will do the


Though we will try our best to get you into your top choice, we have to juggle all

workshop registrations with interview times so choose your top three wisely.

This year’s workshop leaders are certainly excited, we hope you are too!

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