Chris Clegg
South Peace News

Given her very shy nature, Hali Auger thinks she’s done nothing special.

Many would beg to disagree.

Auger, a Grade 5 High Prairie Elementary School student, was one of 12 winners [204 were nominated] of the 2021 Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Award announced June 21.

“I felt kind of surprised I won,” she says.

Auger, 11, wasn’t even told she was nominated for the award, which recognizes recognize First Nations, Métis and Inuit students who model strength and commitment in the pursuit of their personal education paths.

Auger’s teacher, Charlene Porisky, nominated her for the award.

“I’ve gotten to see first-hand how proud Hali is to be Indigenous. At the beginning of the year, students were asked to create a symbol that represents who they are. With an abundance of pride, Hali got to work creating a beautiful symbol that showcases her Indigenous roots.”

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