Student represents Labrador West at national fair

Crystal Cline
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Daniel Henderson and his family visit Placentia often. When his school, Menihek High school, held its annual heritage fair, Daniel knew exactly what the theme of his project would be.

"The project was on the archeological dig at Placentia - uncovering Fort Louis. We are always in Placentia on vacation, and the first time we had to do our heritage fair project we were thinking about some ideas while we were in Placentia. My mom recommended may be doing it on Fort Louis," explained the young Menihek High student.

Daniel Henderson was able to display his heritage fair project, "I Dig Placentia," at the National Historica Fair in Ottawa.

Daniel Henderson and his family visit Placentia often. When his school, Menihek High school, held its annual heritage fair, Daniel knew exactly what the theme of his project would be.

"The project was on the archeological dig at Placentia - uncovering Fort Louis. We are always in Placentia on vacation, and the first time we had to do our heritage fair project we were thinking about some ideas while we were in Placentia. My mom recommended may be doing it on Fort Louis," explained the young Menihek High student.

Daniel's heritage project helped him learn a great deal about Placentia, while still being able to have fun.

"I learned a lot about the history of the French when they first came to Placentia, that is, how they fished, and when they started to build their forts. When I went there (Fort Louis), David Fry was the head archeologist. So on the backboard of my project I had pictures of some of the maps of the forts and David showing us some of the things they used, such as the mountain and some of the tools. I also had a few things on display, such as a wooden model cannon like the ones on Castle Hill."

Daniel was awarded the McCain Literacy Award for his project at the regional fair. The student who won overall at the fair was unable to attend the National Historica Fair. Fortunately for Daniel, he was next in line.

"The first time I did it in grade six, I did well but I didn't win. This year when we had to do it, I was in grade eight. I did receive an award at the regional fair. The person who actually won couldn't do it. So I was next in line and I took the chance and went out for the national fair in Ottawa."

The National Historica Fair took place from July 7-13 in the nation's capital. In Ottawa, Daniel represented Labrador West and was among the one hundred delegates who were chosen to participate.

During the week-long event, Daniel said he met a lot of different people and learned a great deal.

"The whole event was actually a week long in Ottawa but the fair was only for one day. It was good; there were no awards or anything for the national fair. It was just the students from around Canada that made it, displaying their projects at The Museum of Civilization. It was a lot of fun and a great experience. If I could, I would definitely do it again," Daniel concluded.

Organizations: Menihek High school, National Historica Fair, Museum of Civilization

Geographic location: Placentia, Labrador West, Fort Louis Ottawa Castle Hill Canada

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