|TWO EMSB STUDENTS CAPTURE BOARD OF TRADE SILVER MEDALS|
MONTREAL, MAY 18, 2004— Two students from the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) won silver medals at the 22nd annual Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal Outstanding Student Awards Program held on May 18 at the Delta Centre-Ville Hotel.
Yining Xu of Royal West Academy in Montreal West was a winner in the Sciences/Math category while Julie Matlin of St. Pius X Culinary Institute in Ahuntsic got the nod in the vocational education competition. This prestigious event recognizes noteworthy personal creative projects completed by Secondary V and vocational education students attending Montreal area schools. All of the finalists were interviewed by jury members in their respective categories. They had to maintain an average of at least 80 percent to qualify.
"We live in an age when the creation of wealth depends on the mastery and innovative application of knowledge," said Benoit Labonté, president and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. "Education is a decisive competitive factor for major urban centres like Montreal, and the competence of the local labour force is a major location criterion for many companies and investors. It is therefore essential that our education system succeed in transmitting to students a taste for excellence. It was with this in mind that, more than twenty years ago, we established the Outstanding Student Awards to celebrate the exceptional successes of our younger generation."
The other EMSB finalists were: Mauro Corneli, Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount and Senthuran Tharmalingha,. Marymount Academy in N.D.G., (Sciences/Math); Christopher Barillaro, Royal West Academy and Jenny Wong, LaurenHill Academy in St. Laurent, (Arts); Shauna Bassel, Royal West Academy, Lin Winston, LaurenHill Academy and Tania Palma Fernandes, John F. Kennedy High School in St. Michel (Social Sciences); and Mary Anne Veluz and Donna Yakibchuk, Rosemount Technology Centre, (Vocational).
Michael J. Cohen