2019 Student Essay Contest Winners

Student Essay Contest Winners

Category 1 (grades 7–9)


Jersey Little

The first-place winner in this category is 14-year-old Jersey Little, a grade 9 student attending Miskooseepi School in Bloodvein First Nation. Currently, Jersey is an archery equipment manager at the local archery club, and her favourite pastime is hanging out with her many close friends. She also enjoys spending time playing on her console. She has seven siblings and a mom and dad whom she loves dearly.


Hayley Wood

The second-place winner in this category is 12-year-old Hayley Wood, a grade 7 student attending George Knott School in Wasagamack First Nation. Hayley has been blessed with loving parents, one brother, two sisters, and two nephews. She enjoys playing floor hockey, ice hockey, and volleyball. When she is not busy on the ice or the court, she is relaxing with a good book, poetry, or quotes. Her goals are to graduate and attend university to become a doctor in psychology.


Category 2 (grades 10–12)


Aidan Eskelund

The first-place winner in this category is 18-year-old Aidan Eskelund, a grade 12 student attending Lawrence Sinclair Memorial School in Kinonjeoshtegon First Nation. Aidan comes from both a Cree and Danish background, and after doing some research, he discovered he also has some Scottish lineage. His hobby is writing, and he already has an idea for a book he would like to write in the future. He plans to attend university to study virology after recently experiencing success at the science fair. 


Joshua McLean

The second-place winner in this category is 18-year-old Joshua McLean, a grade 12 student attending Lake Manitoba School in Lake Manitoba First Nation. Joshua loves music, especially the guitar and tuba. He was very excited to participate in this year’s student essay contest with the hope of being an inspiration to his peers. He also wanted to make his mom and dad proud of the effort he put into his writing. His greatest desire is to make a difference in everything he accomplishes.


We thank all contest participants for their good efforts. It is always a pleasure to read students’ creative ideas and opinions about education and what they believe the future could hold. We especially thank the teachers who are committed to ensuring our students are prepared for their future by providing them with the skills necessary for effective communication, and in particular, essay writing.

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