On September 6, Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School student Bernice Reyes was crowned the 2014 Ottawa Idol champion on the stage at the Algonquin Commons Theatre. The 15-year-old has only been in Canada for two years, after immigrating to Canada from the Philippines in 2012, but she’s been singing since she was five-years-old. She sang all four of her songs flawlessly, each coming with a different sound and a different wardrobe.
The judges had nothing but praise for the young singer. “You came to win,” one of the judges told her, after Bernice’s performance of I Will Always Love You, by Whitney Houston. “I think she’s just fantastic, she doesn’t miss a note,” said Eldon Fox, the founder and director of Ottawa Idol.
On September 8, a group of Notre Dame High School students debuted their new video “In Love and In Danger,” which encourages their peers to develop healthy relationships. The video highlights what students can do to help themselves and others when they are in or around dangerous or violent relationships. The “for students, by students” approach helps make the message more powerful and relatable, and the students hope it increases the chance that other youth will listen to what is being said.
On August 16 and 17, St. Peter High School showcased its collection of student-engineered robots and high-tech wares at the Mini Maker Fair, an annual family-friendly event that draws a community of art and technology enthusiasts from all over the region. This year, under the guidance of Rick Alexanderson, St. Peter’s computer engineering class showcased their 3D printer, 3D scanning technology and robots RITA and CARL. Through their partnership with Carleton University and the Maker movement, they have been creating innovative learning projects for students using an array of materials. They have also been engaging students to apply their creativity and technological savvy towards the creation of one-of-a-kind inventions and innovations.