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II Student Awards and Scholarships

Adopted: December 18, 1995
Amended:January 17, 2000, March 23, 2010, January 21, 2015

The Board of Education believes that excellent performance by students must be promoted and recognized because students who learn to excel will define the future of our community. In keeping with this belief the Board is prepared to support various student awards programs. The Board also encourages the community at large and the schools to sponsor awards and recognition programs that support excellence.

Board sponsored awards:

Robert W. Prather Award of Excellence (1995) -To recognize one current high school graduate in each public high school who best exemplifies leadership skills and strives for personal excellence.

Fine Arts - Art Award (1995) - To recognize and reward one current high school graduate who best exemplifies the outcomes of the fine arts -art course of studies.

Robert W. Prather Award of Excellence

Name: Robert W. Prather Award of Excellence

Sponsor: Public School District No. 2833 Board of Trustees

Award: Ring

Purpose: To recognize those students who demonstrate leadership skills and strive for personal excellence.


One award for each Fort McMurray Public High School may be presented annually to a student who is completing their schooling and exhibits a willingness and desire to seek meaningful personal transformation towards adulthood by:

  • demonstrating characteristics that indicate potential for leadership throughout his/ her lifetime.
  • demonstrating dedication, initiative, courage, confidence, and is committed to continuous improvement
  • seeking opportunities to work in co-operation with other students, staff, and community leaders.
  • having the respect of others in personal, social, and academic endeavours.
  • displaying a strong desire for success, creativity, and lifelong learning.
  • having a strong sense of responsibility to his/her community.


  • students must be in grade 12 and eligible to receive a High School Diploma.
  • students can be nominated by staff members

Selection Process

  • each school may nominate no more than one candidate
  • the school principal and two nominators (one teacher and one other) will provide a written
  • endorsement outlining the successful candidate's achievements in relation to established criteria.
  • school transcript of courses and final marks to date of nomination
  • advise the Associate Superintendent of the recommended winner


The award will be made each year at the high school graduation ceremony. The presentation will be made by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees or designate.


The Board will purchase a ring and plaque that will be maintained annually. Names of winning students and their school shall be recorded each year. The plaque will be displayed at the Clearwater Public Education Centre.


Name of Candidate/Nominee:  
Home Telephone:  

The candidate and nominators are asked to complete or answer the following questions. Please provide on a typewritten page, double spaced. Limit responses to two pages 8¼ x 11.


  1. Please provide specific examples that demonstrate potential leadership skills.
  2. What specific examples can be made to demonstrate the candidate's desire for continuous learning?
  3. What are some specific examples that demonstrate and reflect the candidate in school and in the community?
  4. Provide examples that would reflect the candidate has respect of peers and/or others.
  5. Please provide a list of school and social functions that the candidate has helped to organize. Be specific about the candidate's role.

Visual Arts Award - Art 30 Award

Purpose of Award

To recognize and reward a current high school student who exemplifies the outcomes of the time arts-art course of study (Learning Outcomes see Appendix)

  • students express themselves through the arts
  • students participate in and appreciate the arts
  • students use sensory data to comprehend, shape and appreciate the environment
  • students know the tradition, content, structure, materials and skills of the arts
  • students are versatile in artistic expression
  • students make aesthetic judgments
  • students share their responses to clarify and extend their experiences with

Nature of the Award

The winning student shall be presented with a certificate and cash award of $250.00 from the Board of Trustees. Further the Board will offer to purchase from the student the winning piece to be displayed in Clearwater Public Education Centre.

Selection Process

  • Each high school may nominate no more than six deserving students
  • A nominator from the staff of the student’s school will provide an endorsement outlining each nominee's achievements in relation to established criteria.
  • The Principal shall verify each nominee’s eligibility to graduate and completion of or enrolment in Art 30
  • District selection committee will be chaired by the Associate Superintendent of Education and Administration or designate. The committee will include two trustees, one student from each high school and the Associate Superintendent of Business and Finance. No more than one recipient from each high school will be selected.

Eligibility Criteria


  1. Must be completing their schooling and have been enrolled in Art 30.
  2. Must submit up to six works of art (varied media) that have been completed during high school courses and are entirely original in concept and execution. Students will clearly indicate which pieces are not for sale. Works in the collection may deal with any topic. Any media may be used such as, but not limited to:
    • unframed drawings, paintings, and prints
    • three-dimensional work
    • work incorporating contemporary technology

    Student artists are not obligated to sell their work if they do not wish to do so. If a submitted piece is chosen as the winning piece, the student artist will have the option to sell the piece to the District OR to allow the piece to be prepared for display and loaned to the District for one year OR, if this is not an option for the artist, then the Board of Trustees may commission the artist to create another piece for sale. The price of the purchase is to be negotiated but will not exceed $250.00. Agree to not, in any manner, hold the committee responsible for loss of or damage to, the submitted work.

The Board will have the right to display all work submitted for consideration. Those items not selected shall be returned to the artist.

Work should be submitted in a sturdy, re-usable folder, envelope or carton/crate. On the reverse side of EACH piece of work securely attach the artist's NAME and SCHOOL and the artist's description of the piece and what motivated its creation. Three dimensional work can also be submitted via electronic CD with a minimum of three photo angles to show variation, i.e. sculpture.

Letter Of Support

The Art Teacher in his or her school will provide a Letter of Support indicating that the student's work is authentic and complies with the eligibility criteria.

Selection Process

A selection committee will recommend the successful applicant to the Associate Superintendent of Education and Administration. The selection must be accepted as final.

  1. Fort McMurray Public School District will offer to purchase the winning art piece. If the winning piece is not available Fort McMurray Public Schools may commission another piece.
  2. The purchase price is to be negotiated with, and paid to, the student artist (see Nature of Award guideline).
  3. The student will sign a legal bill of sale with the district which will be retained by purchasing services.
  4. The costs of framing the piece or mounting the sculpture and engraving a brass plate with the student's name, school and year will be in the budget of the Board of Trustees.
  5. The purchased artwork will be placed in a visible location at the School Board Office.
  6. The Associate Superintendent of Education and Administration will make arrangements for the student to be recognized at a board meeting.
  7. A photograph of the student with the board Chair and any accompanying media reports will be submitted to the district archives collection.
  8. The Associate Superintendent of Business and Finance will be responsible for maintaining a record of the art selections and their locations and for checking the collection on an annual basis.
  9. Any request to move an art selection to a different location must be sent in writing to the Superintendent/designate.


  1. Presentation to the award winner will be made each year at the June Board Meeting. Presentation will be made by the Board Chair or designate.

Please forward by May 15 up to six works of your art (with an explanation of each piece) to:

Associate Superintendent
Fort McMurray Public Schools
231 Hardin Street
Fort McMurray, Alberta T9H 2G2


Learning Outcomes and Expectations - Art 30

Art Outcome 1: Students express themselves through the arts

  • think and behave as artists
  • demonstrate an awareness of their growing individual style or personality in solving visual problems

Art Outcome 2: Students participate in and appreciate the arts

  • recognize the place of art in society
  • demonstrate a growing awareness of the value of art in their own lives
  • be aware of their role as an artist

Art Outcome 3: Students use sensory data to comprehend. shape and appreciate the environment

  • use strategies to develop (comprehend, shape and (appreciate) visual discrimination
  • recognize various aspects of the environment as sources of art

Art Outcome 4: Students know the tradition, content, structure, materials and skills of the arts

  • understand why art is created
  • understand how the art of different times, places and people relates to their own art
  • understand the elements and principles of design and have the confidence to use them when making art

Art Outcome 5: Students are versatile in artistic expression

  • explore a variety of media and techniques
  • develop a portfolio of works which represent a variety of artistic expressions

Art Outcome 6: Students make aesthetic judgments

  • use the vocabulary and techniques of art criticism to analyses and evaluate their own works and the works of others in relation to the works of professional artists
  • demonstrate ongoing aesthetic judgment during the process of working on studio projects

Art Outcome 7: Students will share their responses to clarify and extend their experiences with the arts \

  • participate in art shows and exhibitions
  • show a willingness to discuss their work and the work of others during the process of creating art
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