After being intrigued by the Frank Slide from 1903 that he was educated on during a family trip last year, Connor Yeroschak, began the thought process for a project and turned it into an awardwinning presentation after 6 months of research and hard work.
Yeroschak is a Grade 5 student at Sunningdale school who competed at his school and regional heritage fairs. From there progressed to provincials where he was the youngest student to make it into the top 10 at the Provincial Heritage Fair.
"You try to explain it as much as you can, like why is it important to Canada and what effect did it have on the people... those are some of the main points," he said. "At the time the CPR mainline was the only way for Canadians to get from the East to the West and the Frank Slide destroyed the rail line."
He was able to scoop up 1 of 4 awards handed out at provincials and was the youngest finalist.
"So I won the digital award and a $500 scholarship, I also finished in the top 10 in all of provincial fairs. It's quite nerve wrecking hearing other names getting called and waiting for yours, but hearing your name is such a great feeling."
Yeroschak used technology, similar to a power point, in his presentation which he say "brought it to life".
At the Provincial Heritage Fair he competed with 58 other students, in grades 4-8 from 19 communities throughout Saskatchewan.