Moving on up, Carly Firth, a Grade 8 student at St. Michael School, is leaving the classroom behind and heading to Parliament Hill.
On Sunday morning, Firth and her parents will be heading to Ottawa for a two-night, three-day, all expense paid trip — the result of being named one of two “Student Citizens of the Year.”
Firth and one other student from Eastern Canada were the grand prize winners of the Canadian Citizenship Challenge — an online challenge asking students to put their Canadian knowledge to the test.
Donna Wells, Firth’s teacher, said Firth’s win was as much a shock to her as it was to the winner herself.
“I thought this was just a fun curriculum for the class and a great way to learn Canada and when I submitted the exams I guess I just never thought one of our students would win. To be honest, I didn’t realize it was a contest.”
However, Wells said she was sitting at her computer late one afternoon when the email came in. She said she was shocked by the content, which explained the win, and quickly called Firth over.
“When I got the email I kind of had to take a second look and (Firth) just happened to be in the room, so I called her over and showed her and it’s funny because I was more excited than she was. She was so calm.”
For more information, see Friday's edition of the Times-Herald.