Ontario High School Students & Teachers Awarded $48,000 in 8TH & Final Season of Video Competition

Posted on Thursday June 02, 2016
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Among the winners, students from: 

Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School, Grimsby
Cathedral High School, Hamilton
Collège Catholique Samuel-Genest, Ottawa
Colonel By Secondary School, Gloucester
École secondaire Hanmer, Hanmer
Malvern C.I., Toronto
Marymount Academy, Sudbury
Northview Heights Secondary School, North York
Riverdale Collegiate, Toronto
Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School, London
St. Augustine Secondary School, Brampton
St. David C.S.S., Waterloo
St. Mary's High School, Kitchener
Victoria Park Collegiate Institute , North York
West Hill Secondary School, Owen Sound

TORONTO, Ontario - The final prizes have been given out in a video competition that awarded $272,000 over the past eight years to Ontario high school students, teachers and schools. On June 1, 2016, more than 200 guests of the Ontario Mining Association (OMA) came together at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) to recognize the winners of the eighth and final season of So You Think You Know Mining, which challenged students to film imaginative stories about the benefits of mining to society. The 2016 prize pool amounted to $48,000 in cash.

"Over the past eight years, SYTYKM received almost 1000 video submissions, providing a platform for talented young people to make academic and creative strides, and to have their extraordinary work recognized," said Ontario Mining Association Chair, Marc Lauzier. "We know that many past participants used the prize money to pay for their education, achieving success in a variety of fields. We're proud of our investment in Ontario's youth and look forward to engaging with them again." He added that, "The OMA is planning some exciting initiatives aimed at older participants, and would love to see SYTYKM alumni get involved."

As in previous years, the quality and quantity of 2016 SYTYKM competitors was impressive. Well over 200 videos from across the province were evaluated by an independent panel of media and mining professionals to determine the winning entries in ten award categories, with prize money ranging from $2,500 to $5,000, and each winning video earning a $500 bonus for the contestant's school. In addition, OMA member company representatives voted in a secret ballot to select the $2,500 OMA Academy Award winner. Given the unprecedented equal number of votes received by the top contenders, two videos were awarded a prize in this category. Meanwhile, Ontario high school teachers picked the $2,500 Teachers' Choice award winner. There were also $500 prizes for five honourable mentions, as well as recognition and cash awards for participating teachers and schools. For more information about the contest and to view the winning videos from this and previous years, please visit the SYTYKM website

"We have been inspired by the extraordinary work of the SYTYKM contestants, whose videos offer a fresh look at the important role that mining plays in our modern lives," said Chris Hodgson, President of the Ontario Mining Association. "They also help us imagine what the future might hold - for our industry and our society."

The winning videos were screened at the ROM to a distinguished audience, which included leading mining professionals, provincial cabinet ministers and other government officials, teachers, parents and peers. The Wexford Gleeks offered exuberant musical performances, while the winners voiced heartfelt acceptance speeches. Special acknowledgement was extended to OMA member companies, without whose generous support, SYTYKM would not have been possible. As we say "8 is enough" and farewell to SYTYKM, we offer our sincere gratitude to all who made it such a resounding success.

Learn more:

2016 SYTYKM Award Winners

SYTYKM Sponsors

SYTYKM Judges and Award Presenters

Grateful 8: SYTYKM Tribute Video

SYTYKM Contestants' Stories