CDS Grade 10 student Nicole Damianidis received the exciting news last week that she is a recipient of the 2020 Beaverbrook Vimy Prize. As one of only 16 students to receive this honour from across Canada, France and England this year, Nicole will have the opportunity to participate in an intensive scholarship program and immersive educational program in Belgium and France the summer of 2021.
"I was ecstatic to hear that I got accepted into the program,” said Nicole. “I am honoured to be selected as History is something I am passionate about, and I am certain this experience will contribute to my knowledge and perspective. I can only imagine what this program has in store for me next summer, and am certain it will captivate me every step of the way through Belgium and France."
In order to qualify, Nicole had to write a comprehensive essay, do an artistic review, submit a visual as well as a written application, and was interviewed extensively. CDS has only had one other winner of the Vimy Prize, Reid Dobell ’12 in 2009, as well as a winner of their essay contest, Alia Brown ’17.
“Nicole’s accomplishment is a special one,” said her proud history teacher, Mr. Tony Young. “Only a limited number of students from a large number of applicants are chosen from across Canada. It is a potentially life-changing experience, and Nicole is a perfect candidate, as she truly cares about world affairs and the plight of the fallen soldiers of Canada’s past.”
Inspired by the heroic victory of the Canadian Forces at Vimy Ridge, The Vimy Foundation established this prestigious scholarship for high school students in 2006, and has since sent more than 180 15-to-17-year old students to Europe to learn about our history during the First and Second World War.