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MONTREAL, JUNE 1, 2016 For the eleventh in a row, the English Montreal School Board is continuing its partnership with the Montreal Impact soccer team through its “All the Way with the Impact” program.

Members of the Impact have been visiting schools to remind young students of the importance of studying, persevering and building self-confidence in order to succeed. The traditional “EMSB Night” will take place on Wednesday, June 8 (7:30 pm) when the Impact hosts Toronto FC at Saputo Stadium. This is part of the Amway Canadian Championship, which involves the three top professional clubs in Canada, in the race to qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League. That is an international competition between professional clubs from North America, Central America and the Caribbean. 

More than 2,250 tickets have been sold to EMSB students and staff for the game. 

During half time, the EMSB’s presence will be recognized and two students will be presented with the Tony Licursi Bursary, valued at $500 each. Mr. Licursi was the team’s statistician and a devoted member of the James Lyng High School Alumni Association. He passed away a number of years ago. The award recognizes excellence in school and sports, preferably soccer.

This year’s winners are Julia Donovan, a Grade 10 student at Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North and Marcus Surette, a Grade 3 student at Edinburgh Elementary School in Montreal West.

Lester B. Pearson High School’s Julia Donovan is a Sport-études honour roll student. Through her four years of high school, Julia has demonstrated great leadership skills as she achieves elite grades while maintaining her love and commitment to soccer and her local club, ARS Bourassa. Together in sport and school, Julia makes sure that everyone is part of the team.

Edinburgh Elementary School’s Marcus Surette has always put his academics first, despite being a superb all-around athlete. As the youngest student in a split Grade 3 and 4 class, Marcus persevered; he worked diligently with his teachers and principal to excel in the classroom and overcome initial difficulties. On the field, he is a multi-sport athlete, playing elite soccer, baseball and hockey as well as serving as the co-captain of his baseball team.

Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213