|MORE THAN 2,600 EMSB STUDENTS AND STAFF ATTEND EXCITING IMPACT SOCCER GAME|
MONTREAL, MAY 2 , 2013 —The traditional English Montreal School Board Night at Saputo Stadium attracted more than 2,600 students and staff for a May 1 game which saw the hometown Montreal Impact blank Toronto FC 6-0. This was a semi-final match for the Amway Canadian Championship, which involves the four 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.
During half-time, the EMSB’s presence was recognized and two students were presented with $500 Tony Licursi Bursaries from Matt Jordan, Director of Soccer Operations and former all-star goalie for the Impact. He is also the parent of two EMSB students who attend Honoré Mercier Elementary School in St. Léonard. 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 were 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.
This marks the eighth year of a partnership between the EMSB and the Impact 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.
Michael J. Cohen