YOUR VOTE HELPS: La Citadelle students the stars in video competition

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CORNWALL, Ontario - For a classroom full of students at Ecole La Citadelle the best way to learn about history was to dive into the subject matter - literally.

The class got into the spirit of history by donning period costumes and recreating the Battle of Ogdensburg - a small but pivotal engagement that essentially removed the American threat to British supply lines for the duration of the War of 1812.

A couple of weeks ago students visited Fort Wellington in Prescott and had their spectacle recorded.

A video has been included in a national Parks Canada competition to determine the best submission that showcases Canadian history at a national landmark - in this case Fort Wellington.

"They were awestruck at the scenario," said history teacher Jean Menard. "The advantage of having a hands-on recreation of a historic event gives them some insight on how things really happened."

Students agreed.

"You're actually at the place where it all happened," said Hannah Bellemore. "It was interesting."

"You can see exactly what they did," chimed in Emilie Menard.

"It's not difficult to imagine what they had to do," added Alyssa Contant.

Last year 64 videos were submitted to Parks Canada's "My Parks Pass" competition. Members of the public vote on their favourite videos, and La Citadelle is hoping local supporters will cast their ballots in favour of their submission here, beginning March. 3

A panel of judges will select the grand prize and runner up entries from the 10 videos that received the most votes

Voting runs from March 3 to 24. The wining school will receive a four-day all-expenses-paid trip to Parks Canada places in British Columbia.

Geographic location: Ontario

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