For Immediate Release (Edmonton and Ottawa, 18 January 2010)
The Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Foundation (UCCLF) is pleased to announce Adrian Warchola, a Grade 12 student from Edmonton, as the recipient of this year’s annual UCCLF High School Civil Liberties Award.
The 2009 award – the second annual – is given to a high school student who submitted the highest-quality research essay based on a Holodomor theme, an initiative undertaken bu the UCCLF in recognition of the 75th anniversary of Ukraine’s Famine Genocide.
Adrian’s essay was among numerous submissions which were adjudicated by the award selection committee, which included Prof. Ludmilla Voitkovska of the languages and linguistics department at the University of Saskatchewan. Adrian’s essay is deemed to have been superior in research, organization and presentation.
The UCCLF would like to congratulate Adrian and all the students who submitted an essay. As the winner of the competition, Adrian was awarded $500 along with a copy of Holodomor: Reflections on the Great Famine of 1932-1933 in Soviet Ukraine, edited by Lubomyr Luciuk. Other participants in this writing competition will be awarded a copy of Into Auschwitz, For Ukraine by Stefan Petelycky for their efforts.
The UCCLF would also like to take the opportunity to inform high school and post-secondary students of its annual Civil Liberties Opinion-Editorial Award. Valued at $1,000, this award is given to a student whose Holodomor-based opinion editorial appears in a major Canadian newspaper according to the rules as prescribed each year by the UCCLF.
Included is a photograph of Mr. Adrian Warchola. For more information on either award, to contact Adrian Warchola for an interview, or to receive a copy of his winning essay, please contact the UCCLF at: info@UCCLF.ca