Susan E. Bennetto & Hamilton History Student of the Year

These two awards are a joint project between the City of Hamilton and The Hamilton Historical Board. The awards recognize Grade 11 and 12 students who have demonstrated interest and achievement in the area of history and heritage in both school and community throughout the calendar year.

DESCRIPTION OF AWARDS

The Susan E. Bennetto Awards, named in honour of a Hamilton educator who served our community as a teacher and principal for fifty years, are given to all nominated Hamilton secondary school students who meet the required criteria. It consists of a certificate and city pass to Hamilton’s museums. There is no limit to the number of nominations but only two students per school will be chosen for this award. Nominations may be kept and considered for the following year. All nominations for this award are automatically considered for the Hamilton History Student of the Year Awards.

The Hamilton History Student of the Year Award is given to one city-wide candidate chosen from among the Bennetto Award nominations. There is no separate application for this award. The winner receives a monetary donation of $200 and a chance at a summer Heritage Internship with the City’s Museums and Heritage Presentation Section, as well as the Bennetto Award prizes. This monetary award is currently donated by Graham Crawford, owner/curator of the HIStory and HERitage Museum. Additional notable Bennetto award winners will receive monetary prizes from anonymous donors. The number of such awards is dependent on donor availability and the quality of applications.

These awards are presented at the annual Heritage Day Award ceremony each February. They are based on the previous calendar year and not the academic year.

SUSAN E. BENNETTO AWARD RECIPIENTS SELECTED AS HAMILTON HISTORY STUDENT of the YEAR

2016 Natalie Meier St. Mary Catholic Secondary School
2015  Elizabeth Longley Waterdown District High School
2014  Natalie DiGiandomenico Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School
2013  Olivia Fasullo St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School
2012  Eshtamuel Alvi Goni Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School
2011  Carmen Cordingley Waterdown District High School
2010  Allan Bot Hillfield-Strathallan College

 

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION

Applicant must:

  • be a resident of The City of Hamilton
  • be enrolled in grade 11 or 12 at a Hamilton secondary school during the calendar year.
  • have successfully completed one or more history courses in the calendar year as shown by school transcripts. If enrolled in the Fall term the student must provide a copy of the November mid-term report card. Applicants who completed secondary school in June should indicate graduated instead of grade level.
  • include documentation that demonstrates high achievement, interest and participation in heritage/history at both school and community levels (e.g. classroom lessons, history/heritage/civics groups, societies, museums, relevant activities, etc.)
  • contact relevant persons to support the application and request school records as required for submission of this application.
  • ensure completion of all sections of the application form.

Applicant should also:

  • describe personal interests and experiences relating to the above documentation
  • include information such as co-op work, volunteer activity, experiences, community involvement etc
  • include letters of support from school and community personnel
  • include a personal resume, photos, work samples, etc.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Information regarding the awards will be sent to the Guidance and the History Heads of each Hamilton Secondary School, to all Hamilton Museums and to relevant heritage/historical groups/societies. It will also be available through the Hamilton Historical Board website.

Information regarding these awards should then be made available to all students through whichever procedure is preferred by the school, museum, group or society. Dissemination of award and application information is at the discretion of the receiving site. It could be placed on a student announcement board, shared with other staff, members or students, displayed on a website, included in a newsletter, etc

The application may be initiated by either the institution or the student. However, each section of the fillable application form must be completed by the appropriate person. A copy of the November mid-term report card and an official Ontario Student Transcript showing grade registration for the current calendar year and all history courses taken at any level must be provided. Other support materials (i.e. print material, video, photographs, etc) should be listed on the form and submitted as attachments to the application, or in hard copy.

a) Nominations initiated by secondary school staff or a heritage/historical museum, group, society: The appropriate teacher or history head, curator, president or designate may nominate a student who meets the basic requirements. The nominator completes the applicable fillable portions of the form and it is given to the student. The student is then responsible for obtaining the relevant documentation for the remaining sections of the nomination form. The student then submits the application.

b) Nominations initiated by the student: Any individual student meeting the requirements may self-nominate and approach a relevant teacher or supervisor who will then complete the appropriate sections of the form. The student is also responsible for obtaining documentation from museums and/or other heritage/historical groups and completing the remaining section of the form. The student submits the application.

Students leaving secondary school in June of the previous school year may a) submit their applications at that time and they will be kept by the selection committee for processing the following year or b) submit applications in the Fall term following Grade 12 completion.

AWARD PRESENTATION

This is a joint initiative of two subcommittees of the Hamilton Historical Board of the City of Hamilton (HHB). The Communication and Education Sub-committee is responsible for the distribution, reception, assessment and selection of award winners. The Heritage Events Sub-committee is responsible for the presentation of the awards at the annual Heritage Day event in February.

ADJUDICATION OF THE AWARDS

Members of the Hamilton Historical Board of the City of Hamilton (HHB). The Communication and Education Sub-committee meet to select the winners of these awards.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS

January 31. Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered. Please submit all materials to

THE HAMILTON HISTORICAL BOARD – SUSAN E. BENNETTO AWARD
C/O HERITAGE PRESENTATION COORDINATOR
CITY OF HAMILTON, TOURISM AND CULTURE DIVISION
P.O. BOX 2040
HAMILTON ON, L8P 4Y5

For General enquiries, please call 905-546-2424 EST 4688 or email hhb@hamilton.ca

NOMINATION FORM

Bennetto Award Application 2016

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