Congratulations to North Hastings High School (NHHS) students in the Northern Outdoor Studies (NOS) program for receiving a provincial award for the second year in a row! The students were recognized for their impressive efforts to learn about and enhance Ontario fish and wildlife resources.
On Friday, March 18, 2011, teachers Glen Pomeroy and Barb Gillis accompanied the students to the 83rd Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) Fish & Wildlife Conference in Mississauga. At the conference, the NHHS NOS program received provincial honours by being presented with the Junior Conservation Award by the Honourable Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Natural Resources.
"These young people are acquiring valuable skills in the outdoors that they can use for the rest of their lives," said Minister Jeffrey. "I commend the school and instructors for making this course available and applaud the young people who have taken part in it."
Principal Ken Dostaler echoed the Minister’s remarks, stating, "At NHHS, we are very proud of the success of our Northern Outdoor Studies program. Our students continue to be engaged in studies that reflect the culture and employment opportunities in North Hastings."
Nominations for the Ministry of Natural Resources Junior Conservation Award were submitted from across Ontario and reviewed by a panel of judges from the outdoor industry. The winners were selected for conservation activities completed during 2010.
The Northern Outdoor Studies (NOS) program  is a four credit high school program open to Grade 11 and 12 students.
North Hastings High School  is committed to success for all students. Together with the community partners, NHHS provides programs that prepare students for the transition to apprenticeship programs, college, university and the workplace. Many NHHS students have earned prestigious scholarships that recognize excellence in academics, extra-curricular and community involvement and we offer unique 4-credit courses that are provincially recognized. Specialist High Skills Major programs in Forestry and Environment allow students to learn the principles of forestry, resource management and environmental studies. The students acquire the skills, certifications, and knowledge to gain employment in forestry and resource-based careers or to pursue post-secondary programs in these areas. NHHS also offers numerous Cooperative Education opportunities, including the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP). Each program promotes valuable hands-on work experiences for all levels of learners.
For more information, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354