Okanagan Historical Society Essay Contest

The winner of the 2015 student essay contest is BrianSpanier for his essay "The Davidson-Spanier Okanagan Succession."
Aims / Goals To encourage the research and writing of Okanagan history by secondary and post secondary students.
Eligibility Students currently in Grades 9 to 12, or at any post secondary institution.
Prize a) $1000.00 (one thousand dollars).
b) Possible publication in Okanagan History, the annual publication of the Okanagan Historical Society.
General Criteria The essay must:
- Depict history which occurred in the geographical area encompassed by the Okanagan, Shuswap and Similkameen Valleys.
- Be suitable for publication in the "Okanagan History" book.
- Be submitted on a 3.5 in. disk or CD and typed double spaced on 8.5 x 11.0 in. white paper.
- Be minimum length of 1500 words to a maximum of 2500.
- Include a cover page which shows:

  • Student's name and registration number.
  • Name of Institution.
  • Student's telephone number and address.
  • Student's E-mail address.
  • Title of essay.
  • Evaluation Criteria The essay will be judged according to:

    Historical Information

    The degree to which the writer has gathered accurate information in different ways; has insightfully selected essential information; and has interpreted or synthesized that information.

    Effective Communication

    The quality of the historical content in that it effectively used rich, vivid detail in a style which engages and involves the reader.


    The conclusions the writer makes which reflect clear, logical links between the information and interpretations based on relevant evidence; the way the writer describes his/her own thinking about the historical content whih demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of the historical issue(s).

    Demonstrated level of organization, correct sentence structure, usage, grammar, diction, mechanics, bibliography and footnoting.
    Deadline March 15th of each year.

    Please submit to:
    Diane Ambil
    Box 141
    Canoe, BC V0E-1K0
    (250) 832-8547

    Okanagan Historical Society Video Contest

    The winner of the 2015 student video contest is Matt Purdon for "The Armstrong Cheese Company."
    Aims / Goals To encourage research and the creation of historical videos. Students will be encouraged to work with local archive collections, museum personnel and members of the O.H.S. while gathering their research.
    Eligibility Students currently enrolled in any post-secondary institution.
    Prize $500 (five hundred dollars), notification in O.H.S. annual report, and possible installation on O.H.S. website.
    General Criteria Video must depict history which occurred in the geographical area encompassed by the Okanagan, Shuswap and Similkameen valleys. Video should be no longer than 10 minutes in length.
    Evaluation Criteria The video will be judged on historical accuracy, creativity, and clarity of presentation. Judges will be determined by the video contest chairman.
    Deadline March 15th of each year.

    Please submit to:
    David Gregory
    110 Sumac Ridge
    Summerland, B.C. V0H 1Z6
    (250) 494-9030

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