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Mary Ward Student Wins National Citizenship Challenge


Historica Canada is pleased to announce Samantha Quinto of Scarborough, ON as one of the Grand Prize Winners in the 2014 Citizenship Challenge. Out of 60,000 Canadians who participated in the national contest, 17-year-old Samantha won an all-expenses-paid trip to Ottawa.
Joined by fellow winner Rebecca Xie of Brandon, MB, Samantha will travel to Ottawa from March 18 to 20. Staying at the Fairmont Château Laurier, she will explore Canada's history and culture with personal tours of Parliament Hill, the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum.
“Rebecca and Samantha are informed, engaged young Canadians. We're delighted to be able to provide them with the opportunity to build on their commitment” said Anthony Wilson-Smith, president of Historica Canada.
A student at Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School, Samantha spends most of her time volunteering. The Grade 12 student is the editor of her award-winning school newspaper and is involved in many social justice clubs. She received 100% on the mock citizenship exam.
The Citizenship Challenge asks Canadians to put their national knowledge to the test, by studying for and writing a mock citizenship exam. Do you believe all Canadians should be ready to answer the same questions about their country as new Canadians? We do. The program is made possible through funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Historica Canada is the country’s largest organization dedicated to enhancing awareness of Canada’s history and citizenship. For more information, visit


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