Milo Trask wrapped up the school year on a positive note, being the recipient of the Victoria D’Agostino book prize. The Grade 6 student got the award at the morning assembly on the final day of classes June 28 at St. Jacobs Public School.
“I was just really excited when I first heard about it,” said Trask, of winning the award. “That sums up my feelings about it. Really excited.”
The award is named after Victoria D’Agostino, an 8-year-old girl who touched the hearts of everyone around her with her generosity and pure kindness. She had an intuitive sense of what others around her needed, well beyond her years. She also excelled academic as well as in various sports and athletics. D’Agonisto passed away tragically in a car accident on Nov. 30, 2002.
The award celebrates students who contribute to the community through a loving and generous spirit to others, sportsmanship and athletic accomplishments, academic excellence and good citizenship. These are all of the qualities exhibited by D’Agonisto, and the award is named after her to honour her memory. It has been a tradition since 2003.
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It is presented as a book prize to select students. The amount of winners of the award depends on the size of the school.
“We were allowed to choose one student who fit the award,” said Amy Humphrys, principal of St. Jacobs PS, making Milo the sole recipient. “We passed along the information to our Grade 6 teacher, and then them, along with the other teachers, decided who fits the criteria for the award.”
The rewards are given out each June with a hardcover book with an environmental or nature theme. Some previous books given out include ‘The Grand River: An Aerial Journey’ by Carl Hiebert, which provides a new perspective of the Grand River. Another book awarded by the same author was ‘Gift of Wings,’ which documents Hiebert’s 5,000-mile flight across Canada.
In Milo’s case, he was given the ‘Ontario Moments’ by George Fischer. The book documents Fischer’s beautiful photography in various places in the province including the Niagara Falls, the Royal Ontario Museum’s Lee Chin Crystal, and Algonquin National Park.
The goal of the award is to make the community a bit better by inspiring students to become better citizens and treat others with respect, as well as strive for their best in all areas.
“We couldn’t be prouder,” said his father, Keith Trask. “I mean, he’s a great all-around kid. I really could not be prouder of him.”
It’s a proud moment for his mother, father and older brother, he added, noting Milo’s athletic pursuits as well.
“I like to play basketball,” said Milo. “I’m also a big fan of high jump.”
His academic interests include science and math.
More information about the Victoria D’Agostino Children’s Benefit Fund can be found online at www.kwcf.ca or by calling 519-725-1806.