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.
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.
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.
To read full article, please visit this link: http://www.banffcragandcanyon.com/2009/03/31/students-shine-at-science-fair
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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