Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Alexander Ailsa Craig , Ontario

Fair address: Thames Valley Regional Fair

Project: The Money Pit

In 1795, 3 friends found a peculiar looking depression on Oak Island, that was absolutely man-made. Curiosity set in, and they started digging. Could it be the treasure that Captain Kidd claimed to have buried? It wasn't long before they came across further evidence to convince their imaginations. 2 feet below topsoil, they uncovered a layer of flagstones and then logs at 10 feet, 20 feet and 30 feet. As the years went by, they kept on removing one barrier after another to claim their mysterious reward. And So It Begins...

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

I was surprised by the trouble that some treasure hunters would go through and how much money they were willing to invest on something that could be a wild goose chase. Also interesting, is the idea that the Money Pit could be a huge, elaborate decoy. This makes me wonder why the people who set it up years ago went through so much trouble. Could the real treasure actually be hidden elsewhere?

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

Everyone loves a good treasure hunt, like geocaching, or visiting a garage sale or thrift store in hopes of finding some amazing thing. But, sometimes people can get too caught up in the hunt, leaving behind their life savings in hopes of finding unbelievable wealth, and the fame that comes with it. We should learn to keep our hopes realistic, our priorities in order, and be grateful for what we have in the present.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

In my life today, I accept and try to be happy with what I have. I know that people win lotteries, but I remain cautious of "get rich quick" ideas. During the time of the Money Pit discovery, people had less than we do now and they were willing to risk more to help themselves and their families get ahead. Often, that decision cost them nearly everything, sometimes even their own lives.

  • Wendy Moir

    Great Job!
    15/06/2018 6:25:44 AM

  • Kelly Mead

    Job well done! Such a interesting topic and you sure know your stuff! Great job!!
    14/06/2018 10:41:36 PM

  • Marilyn

    Great speaker and interesting info! Good job with the video.
    14/06/2018 9:01:13 PM

  • Pamela Moor

    Awesome work Alex. Well done
    14/06/2018 5:39:37 PM

  • Vail

    GOOD JOB!!!!
    13/06/2018 11:05:26 AM

  • Catherine Neilson

    AMAZING job, Alexander. You researched your topic, thoroughly & delivered it articulately. Well done; I'm so proud of you. Keep up the good work. Your confidence is astounding! BRAVO
    11/06/2018 10:17:54 PM

  • Kerby Waud

    Alexander, that was a great summary of the Oak Island mystery - well presented. I liked the sites you chose to record your video. It is amazing that so many people are still compelled to spend so much to look. What about the theory that there WAS a treasure at one point but was quietly taken long ago?
    08/06/2018 1:28:49 PM

  • Onni O. Juhala

    Oak Island, Now here is a video story by a young man that has really taken seriously his project assignment given to him as a class project. From his presentation it is quite evident that he has done his research well.. It is also very evident that at his young age of 13 he has learned to articulate his story in a manner that holds his audience's attention without hesitation or deviation. In his video he also demonstrates the concept of enhancing his video story by choosing a background replicating the scene of what could be the actual shore of Oak Island. He also deserves credit for his use of the different screen shots to convey the feeling of actually being on an island. For me personally I think the most important message he has conveyed to his in his last segment where he speaks of his contentment in life with what he has and passes a warning of caution towards would be "Get Rich Quick Schemes" and advises his audience to be level headed with what life brings. Very mature Alexander, Very well done, Hope you enjoy your trip to Ottawa this fall
    07/06/2018 10:44:44 PM

  • Janice and Brian Meyers

    Well Alexander, you never cease to amaze me. You are an exceptional young man and we are very proud of you. Best of luck to you in the competition. Just know that if you win or loose you have done an exceptional job.
    07/06/2018 7:34:07 PM

  • Donna Broschak

    Excellent work Alexander! I can tell you have worked so hard on this.
    07/06/2018 6:50:36 AM

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