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Toronto Student Named Grand Prize Winner in A&E Lives That Make a Difference Essay Contest

- Bishop Allen Academy student wins $3,000 for essay on Senator Murray Sinclair

October 30, 2017 - Toronto, ON - A&E® Network today announced that Christina MacDonald, a Grade 11 student at Bishop Allen Academy in Toronto, ON has won the Grand Prize in the Grade 9 to 12 category of the A&E Lives That Make a Difference Essay Contest.
Christina’s essay was chosen from over a thousand submissions received this year for the nationwide contest. As the Grand Prize winner, Christina received a cheque for $3,000 and her teacher received $1,000 for use in his classroom.
“Christina's essay made a powerful and convincing case for the impact Senator Murray Sinclair is having on indigenous people in Canada, and the influence he is having on the next generation of leaders in Canada," said Sara Hinzman, Vice President Distribution, A+E Networks. “Her essay on Senator Sinclair tapped into a very important issue, and she wrote with an eloquence that touched our panel of judges.”
Christina’s essay focused on Senator Sinclair’s important work and influence, writing that he has been “a figure of empowerment to Canadians, showing that the most expeditious way to equality is not by forgetting the past, but through making efforts to reconcile and move forward.” She explained his impact on Canada and how as “a promoter of truth and forgiveness, Sinclair has truly impacted the lives of all Canadians by challenging the country to educate themselves and become informed about the dire situation regarding those of aboriginal lineage.”
About A&E Lives That Make a Difference Essay Contest
The contest is run annually and invites Canadian students in Grades 5 to 12 to write an essay on who they think made an important impact on Canadian society in the past year. A&E representatives along with a national panel of education experts judged the submissions.  This year's educational sector judges included Alex DeBona, Rose Dotten, Robert Nicholson, Karin Paul, Belinda Daniels, Iben Stothers and Michael Bozzo.
The winning essays were chosen on the following criteria: persuasiveness (33 per cent), creativity (33 per cent) and relevancy (33 per cent). Submissions for the 2017 Lives that Make a Difference Essay Contest will be accepted beginning October 1st through to December 31, 2017. For more information about the contest, visit:
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