A former Delta student who made history in June by becoming the first student ever to receive a perfect score in the Begbie History Contest will head to Ottawa next month to receive an award presented by Canada's Governor General.
Scott Peverelle, a student at Seaquam Secondary in Delta at the time of his win, will fly to the nation's capital on Dec. 10 to receive a medal from Governor General David Lloyd Johnston after penning the first perfect essay in the 19-year history of the contest.
The contest was comprised of a multiple-choice section as well as an essay on an historical Canadian event.
Peverelle's award-winning essay covered the subject of a zoot-suit riot between Royal Canadian sailors and other well-dressed individuals during the eve of D-Day in Montreal.
While he wasn't necessarily familiar with the subject, Peverelle was able to piece together what happened during the event.
"Using the sources, you were supposed to analyze what were the reasons that occurred," said Peverelle at the time of his win.
"You start reading the prompt and it's like, 'A zoot suit is a fashion with wide shoulders,' and you're like, 'Am I sure that I'm writing a history contest?'"
Peverelle's former social studies teacher, Bill Tereposky, said he wasn't surprised with his former student's win.
"He's always had a passion for history," said Tereposky at the time. "He's a bit of an encyclopedia - he knows a lot of facts, a lot of information."
In the two years leading up to his perfect score, Peverelle had placed second and third in his past attempts.