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MONTREAL, APRIL 21, 2015- Fourteen-year old Noora Jane Khan of LaurenHill Academy’s Junior Campus in St. Laurent is this year’s Quebec Provincial Champion of the “Scholastic Challenge” contest.

The Scholastic Challenge is a Canada-wide contest for Grade 8 students designed as an enrichment activity to stimulate students’ interest in knowledge, thinking and learning, and to offer a challenge to top-achieving students.  The contest has been offered nation-wide since 1998.
The test consists of 100 on-line questions, and lasts one hour.  The six categories covered in the test are: general knowledge (food, art, sports, music, current events, entertainment, mythology, etc.), language and literature, history, geography, science and math.

LaurenHill Academy invites 30 of its top-achieving Grade 8 students to participate in this contest each year.  The LaurenHill students have always performed very well, with the majority of participants scoring above the national average, and this is the second time that the school has   had a provincial champion.  Previous years’ winners have attended Selwyn House (2014, 2013, 2012), LaurenHill y (2011), Selwyn House (2010), Bialik High School (2009, 2008), Royal West Academy (2007, 2006, 2005),Trafalgar School for Girls (2004) and Lower Canada College (2003).

Upon hearing about her success, Noora responded:  “I’m speechless!  This is one of the biggest accomplishments of my life so far, and being named as provincial winner inspires me to work even harder in the future!”

Noora is an honour-roll student in LaurenHill Academy’s French immersion stream.  She is also in the enriched math program.  Prior to attending LaurenHill, she was a student at Cedarcrest Elementary School.  When asked about her future goals, she stated, “I hope to study chemistry in university, and I would love to pursue a career in cancer research later on.”

Noora will be formally recognized for her achievement at LaurenHill Academy’s annual awards assembly in June 2015. For further information concerning “Scholastic Challenge,” which also has a contest for Grade 6 students, please visit:


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