|IMPACT TEAMS UP WITH THE EMSB FOR YEAR NINE OF STAY-IN-SCHOOL PROGRAM|
MONTREAL, MAY 13, 2014 — For the ninth 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 14 (7:30 pm) when the Impact hosts FC Edmonton at Saputo Stadium. This is part of the Amway Canadian Championship, which involves the five 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 2,400 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 3 student Gioacchino Ciarvella from Dante School in St. Leonard and Grade 10 student Ema Begun from Westmount High School.
Both Ema and Gioacchino excel in athletics as well as academics.
Ema is an all-around leader at Westmount High School, serving as Head Prefect and Captain of the Girls volleyball team. Her athletic success touches multiple sports, having captured a silver medal in badminton doubles at the 2014 Provincial Championships as well as she is a successful soccer player. Academically, Ema achieved grades of 90% or higher in five subject areas, including 100% in Spanish.
“Ema continues to make major contributions as an Honours student and a school leader, particularly via Phys-ed, where she demonstrates exceptional enthusiasm,” said Vice-Principal Derek Cauchi.
While only in Grade 3, Gioacchino is making waves at Dante School for all the right reasons. He is a leader inside and outside the classroom and is committed to a number of extra curricular activities, including soccer.
“Gioacchino is an excellent student who demonstrates great citizenship and great judgment,” said Ida Pisano, Principal of Dante School. “He is incredibly deserving of this award, and you can already see him developing as a leader, who is looked up by his peers and incredibly mature for his age.”
Michael J. Cohen