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Award Recipients
Up to 2018
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In association with the Hamilton Public Library's Power of the Pen Contest.
From 2003 to 2006, in association with the Hamilton Kiwanis Club Music Festival. Since 2015, in association with the Dundas Valley Orchestra.
In association with the Hamilton Public Library's Power of the Pen Contest.


da Vinci Science Fair Award *

The Association did not offer this award due to Covid-19 retrictions at the BASEF.
2019Anne JingProject ATTIS: An Assistive Aid for Parkinson's Patients  (piezoelectric vibrators to stimulate Parkinson patient's wrist to improve hand coordination)
2018Jeffrey KlinckCANROD – Computer assisted navigation and obstacle detection  (wearable ultrasonic sensor for the blind)
2017Sadhana Jeya­kumarHLA: A Map for a Road Less Travelled  (human leukocyte antigen)
2016Bridget Le DonneIt's a Colourful Life  (Synesthesia)
2015Aaron GomesMicrowave Assisted Extraction of Polyphenols from Cocoa Powder
2014Cath­arine Bow­manThe Effects of Apigenin, Diosmetin and Chicoric Acid on TNFa and COX-2 levels of Stimulated RAW 264.7 Macrophages  (Effects of certain plant compounds on tumour growth rates.)
2013Eisha AhmedAra h Proteins, Peanuts, and Parasites
2012Eisha AhmedUnlocking the GENEius behind Telomerase Control
2011Peter KahamaEnvironmentally friendly ethanol alternative
2010Vivian LeungMorphological and functional characterization of lower female genital epithelial cell cultures grown in different conditions
2009Natalie Mi­chal­skiDetecting BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) in CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) using Western Blotting
2008Aaron HakimMicroarray profiling of gene expression in the normal aging brain of drosophila
2007Aaron HakimGene expression changes in Parkinson's disease: Genes mediating alpha-synuclein toxicity in a Drosophila model
2006Kayla CornaleSounds into Syllables II — Windows to the World of Childhood Autism
2006Aaron HakimAffecting Aging:  Protection of cSOD-deficient Drosophila from Oxidative Stress
2005Kayla CornaleSounds into Syllables:  A Teaching System for Autistic Children
2004Colin O'FlynnEagle in a Rack:  Real-Time Object Tracking in Analog Video
2003Anthony Chiar­elliSee the Unseen, Hear the Unhear  (Can one type of digital media be used to hide another?)
Hsinwen ThanConcrete Blocks:  An Environmental Response II  (Effects of adding recycled plastic to concrete.)
2002Eva VertesProtection Against Beta-Amyloid Induced Apoptosis
Anthony Chiar­elliSteganography: You Can Look But You Can't See  (Steganography is the science of concealing data. Can one type of digital media be used to hide another type?)

Maitland Banting Silver Quill Award *

2022Kezia HartThirty-five Dollars per Month
2021Natalie BegleyI Am Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Len LuHonourable Mention:  Dear Aaron
Zoe SmithHonourable Mention:  Never Safe
2020Rand AmerTales of Being Black in a White World
Sarah Van­Doode­waardHonourable Mention:  The Audition
Mikaela HartHonourable Mention:  Silene Capensis
2019Nicola Law­fordBangkok Underwater
2018Samantha PottsKate Walks Into a Bar
2017Lili Simp­sonThe Jungle
2016Nicola Law­fordA Detailed Account of a Girl Who Loved a Boy, Among Other Things
Hannah T RosalesHonourable Mention:  Toolboxes and Telephones
Julie ShaddHonourable Mention:  An Acadian Tale
2015Lauren O'Don­nellPrincess Charming
2014Anju XingVerisimilitude
2013Stefan Raden­kovicThe Big Blue Sky
2012Lisa Jef­feriesThe Good Thief
2011Hannah PerksMy Brother
2010Paige LouterOutside In
2009Ellis RitzOut of the Woods
Victor­ia LamondHonourable Mention:  Just Me
2008Brooke Ander­sonThe whole is more than the Somme of its parts
2007Laura Mc­Crack­inProvidence
2006Jillian WymanPotassium
2005Olwyn KeaneFamily Matters
Margaret Mac­kenzieRobert and Michael (Effigy)
2004Meghan QuinlanThe Storyteller
2003Debbie KerkhofMaster of the House
2002Tim DeJongThe Sacrifice

Young Musician Award *

2021Gabriel Klas­senVoice
2020Aanya GrewalFlute
2019Max ChenTrombone
2018Hannah Thomp­sonClarinet
2017Amelia Mc­Niven Fon­taniViolin
2016Philip DarleyCello
2015Lind­sey Ryn­dersObo
We awarded no music award from 2007 to 2014. Since 2015 the award has been managed in association with the Dundas Valley Orchestra.
2006Wei Yi Yin Violin
2005Colt Pier­sonTrombone
2004Andrew SongViolin
2003Nick DavisDouble Bass

Young Poet Award *

2022Olivia Gring­huisMoment of Tangency
2021Casey Kisie­lewskinight(time)
Kristen Van KampenGiraffes for Tea
2020Mikaela Hartcrepuscule
Gladys KozyraHonourable Mention:  Where I'm From
2019Sue LeeGirl in a Tree
2018Mikaela HartThe Star Girl
Illyria VolcansekModern Butterfly
2017Nuri SongAlpha Centauri
2016Maeve Jenkin­sonRecording
Rachel TurnerA poem for no one who wants to read it
2015Jace PetkauThermopylae
Srinidhi ShawHonourable Mention:  Veiled Twilight
2014Faith ParéDynamo
2013Lisa Jef­feriesThe Death that Autumn Brings
Evelyna Kay Honourable Mention:  a promise to emilia, who sadly could not join us here today
2012Stepha­nie SushkoTo Trace the Soul
2011Yarra FarranOrigami
2010Paige LouterWingless
Cody HansenHonourable Mention:  We
2009Eva KayPoppy
Kristen McMinnHonourable Mention:  I Am
2008Laura Mc­Crack­inTulips
Paige LouterHonourable Mention:  Blue
2007Morgan PiczakA Pineapple Experience
2006Marlena Milli­kinBubbles and Feathers in the Air
2005Sarah Pala­kovicBaby's Song
2004Joel LindeAlarmed
2003Heather Olave­sonCreation, Genesis 2:7
Meagan Neder­veenHonourable Mention:  Survivor
Andrea E Van PeltHonourable Mention:  Mazurka: A Sonnet
2002[Name withheld][Title withheld at author's request]
Laura ClarkeHonourable Mention:  Untitled
Brooke Ander­sonHonourable Mention:  What Does a Cottage Know?