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The President of the Republic gave recognition to young history researchers

President Arnold Rüütel today in Tartu participated in the closing ceremony of the student's history research competition and made an address to the young researchers of history.

In his address, the Head of state noted that, we all actually make history every day, but we can appreciate it only after some time has elapsed. "Today's newspaper articles, syllabi or vocabulary can give the future researchers as important information as, for example, medieval records. While making your research work, you must have understood that from the viewpoint of history, the everyday life of people happens to be a valuable source, and the people who provide you such information can be persons close to us or anyone amongst our contemporaries," President Rüütel said.

In the words of the President of the Republic, the current generation of students has been born in free Estonia, where they could commit themselves to learning. "You are a happy generation, as the last dozen years in our country have been years of building up our state, and you were witnessing it and took part in it. Part of that what you have seen has now recorded in your research papers. And so, you have given your contribution to Estonian art history and history, which we all are responsible for," the Head of state said.

The President of the Republic, being the patron of the competition, announced this year's competition, which is the sixth competition in succession, on September 1, 2004. The theme of the competition was: "Everyday life in the 20th century Estonia".

In the group of secondary school students the first prize was given to a student of Lähte Gymnasium Marilin Ivask (instructor: Evi Uus) for her competition paper "Use of narcotics at school". The second prize went to a student of Saaremaa Gymnasium Meree Punab (instructor: Leili Poopuu) for her work "Letters sent from Taishet prison camp and the activities of repressive organs in Estonia", and the third prize was given to a student of Karksi-Nuia Gymnasium Marju Veevo (instructor: Marika Mäekivi) for her work: "Everyday subsistence of a family in the post-war years".

In the group of basic school students, the first prize was not given out. The second prize was given to a student of Jõhvi Gymnasium Aleksandra Shilova (instructor: Voldemar Berelkovski) for her work "Hobby activities and traditions at Jõhvi Gymnasium in the 20th century". The third prize was given to a student of Vanalinna Gymnasium Reeli Viikberg (instructor: Krista Nõmmik) for her work. "About games and toys in the years 1950 - 1970", and to a student of Lähte Gymnasium Madis Hurt (instructor: Viivi Rohtla) for his work "Childhood of the 20th century children".

The competition was designed to analyse and understand our national values and to maintain the intergenerational bond, to encourage students' interest in history, to expand their horizon, and also to develop their independent study and research skills. The competition was organised by the Estonian History Teachers' Association and the Körber Foundation from Germany. The President of the Republic's Cultural Foundation gave monetary awards, and the Ministry of Education and Research provided books, which were given to the laureates as a reward.

Public Relations Unit of the Office of the President
Kadriorg, May 14, 2005

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