Pictured above: Student winners in the youth category are pictured recently during the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Awards ceremony at Queen's Park.
Pictured above: Student winners in the youth category are pictured recently during the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards ceremony at Queen’s Park.

Students from Smiths Falls and District Collegiate Institute (SFDCI) were recently honoured with a Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for their work on the Juno Beach Project. Students Matthew Falkner, Breanna Cristobal, and Ainsley Scott received the honour on behalf of the school in the youth achievement group category during a ceremony February 27 at Queen’s Park. They were recognized for a project that traced the journey of 359 Canadian soldiers who died on D-Day and the days shortly thereafter, and produced a cell phone app that easily displayed detailed information on their sacrifices so others could learn from the project.
The Juno Beach Project was a major research effort involving Grade 10 history and Grades 11 and 12 computer science students that chronicled the experience of Canadian servicemen who died on D-Day and the days shortly after the landings. Students also created a Microsoft cell phone application to access the database.
The app, created for Windows 8 cell phones, features high-grade graphics. It opens up on a poppy graphic through which a visitor can touch the screen and access maps of the battlefields and details on the hour-by-hour progression of Canadian regiments into Normandy. The app also offers details on the German positions, and a listing of regiments that fought on D-Day.