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Speaking at the AASRO (Alberta Association of School Resource Officers) conference. My composition, titled "Driven to Distraction: Truth and Consequences" spoke of the dangers of texting while driving, and received 1st place in their essay contest.
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To read the full article, please go to this link: http://www.canmoreleader.com/2010/09/15/cchs-student-finding-that-being-smarts-not-so-bad
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To read more on my win: http://www.livesthatmakeadifference.com/uploads/Isabella-Pedersen-First%20Prize-Grade9-12.pdf
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Shad Valley International at the University of British Columbia. Being accepted into this academic program and having the opportunity to attend it changed my life completely. It was a summer of friendship, self-discovery and independence... being around like-minded people helped me to feel inspired, appreciated... accepted. A truly remarkable experience.
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To read more on my experience, please visit here: http://www.rmoutlook.com/article/20110526/RMO0801/305269987
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Scholastics Book Club "Editor for the Day" National Contest - my first "big win" in 5th grade! To read the full article, please go to this link: http://www.canmoreleader.com/2006/04/26/isabella-earns-trip-and-shot-at-editing
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I was lucky in 2006! Just after winning a national literary contest, I was blessed with another prestigious win: Alberta Government's "Environment Minister for A Day" competition. Living in such a beautiful place as the Canadian Rockies, I'd grown an appreciation for nature and the preservation of our environment... this was my chance to get my ideas heard - by none other than the official Minister of Environment!
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With Environment Minister Guy Boutilier and Sandra Duggleby for Alberta Government's "Environment Minister for the Day" contest! I was a Deputy Minister for the government when I was 10! Oooh, that's a scary thought... ;)
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To see more on my win: http://www.environment.gov.ab.ca/edu/mftd/2006/index.asp
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I first fell in love with science through Science Fair. What I thought was just another project became my heart and soul as I endeavoured to fix everyday problems with my creativity and determination. I've won first place in every Regional Science Fair I've joined, and I was fortunate enough to attend the Canadian National Science Fair twice - the second time receiving honourable mention for our team project "ComPawst Bins". The ComPawst Bin is a redesigned take on a bear-proof compost receptacle (Oooh, I do love that word), an issue near and dear to my heart living in a mountain town where composting isn't allowed because of wildlife. Science Fair has, and always will be, an unforgettable experience and an unexpected path to find oneself.
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To read full article, please visit this link: http://www.banffcragandcanyon.com/2009/03/31/students-shine-at-science-fair
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To read full article, please visit this link: http://www.canmoreleader.com/2009/05/20/students-place-well-at-canada-wide-science-fair
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A taste of filmmaking - tree-hugger style! We teamed up with Disney Co. veteran screenwriter Tab Murphy to write and create a film describing the drastic environmental consequences of polluting our air.
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Canadian Space Agency's "Ask Astronaut Steve Maclean A Question" contest won me loads of cool space gear and - best of all - an answer straight from the man working on the Canadarm-1 himself!

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