|IMPACT TEAMS UP WITH THE EMSB FOR YEAR EIGHT OF STAY-IN-SCHOOL PROGRAM|
MONTREAL, APRIL 29, 2013 — For the eighth year 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 elementary and high 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, May 1 (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 2,600 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 $500 Tony Licursi Bursaries before the game. 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 Grade 6 student Helen Suzao from Westmount Park Elementary School and Grade 11 student Vittorio Dryden from John F. Kennedy High School in St. Michel.
Helen and her family moved to Montreal from Honduras three years ago. She is an excellent student who excels in all subject areas, having maintained an average of 85 percent or more in all subject areas. “Helen's work ethic goes far beyond the classroom,” says Principal Daniela Lattanzio. “Helen also plays soccer at a high level. She was the team captain of our girls' soccer team in the Greater Montreal Athletic Association soccer tournament. She was also the leading goal scorer in our school's Cycle 3 intramural soccer league. Helen is a polite, respectful, hard-working student liked by the entire school and a member of the Westmount Park School Council
Vittorio has been a regular member of the Honour Roll at JFK. Known for his powerful kicks, he has been a member of the JFK soccer team for five years and has played in every game. “The coaches maintain that he has always been a key reason for the team’s success,” notes Principal Joseph Marra. “He has been a positive role model to the rest of the players on all of his teams.
Michael J. Cohen