Sierra Wyatt wasn’t about to let COVID-19 get in the way of all her hard work after her school cancelled the annual Heritage Fair this spring. The former Grade 7 student from Lacombe Junior High was working on a project about the Toronto Stock Exchange, a subject she says has interested her.
“I have always been interested in finance and stocks. I’ve been investing since I was eight. So, it was a pretty, like natural, thing for me to do,” Wyatt said.
Wyatt decided to take initiative and finish her project, as a video presentation. After viewing her video, her social teacher encouraged her to explore provincial and national opportunities.
“I did a video presenting my project and then I sent it to Rob Lennard the History Wrangler. He is pretty much the guy who decides all this stuff,” said Wyatt.
Rob Lennard is an official judge for the Governor General of Canada History Awards. He is also a musician and historical fiction writer who is passionate about Alberta’s history and is known across the province as the History Wrangler.
“A few weeks later we got a phone call from Rob Lennard saying that I had won this award and that it would be presented to me in the Lieutenant Governors suite in at the Legislature,” Wyatt said.
“It was awesome. I was thrilled to have such an honour.”
On Aug. 12, Wyatt received the Youth Heritage Award, which is given to students who have contributed to the heritage field. The award was presented to her by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, the Honourable Lois Mitchell, at the Legislature in Edmonton.
“We went into her Honor’s suite and we had to distance due to COVID,” said Wyatt. “They made it amazing. I received my reward and we got to sit down with her Honor, and we talked with her about half an hour, just sat there and chatted with her – about the reward about all kinds of stuff.”
Wyatt has also entered her video into the Young Citizens program, is a national program created in 2012 for students who have participated in Heritage Fairs. Entrant’s videos are posted online where they can be voted on by Canadians. Wyatt will find out the results from her entry later this year.