|EMSB HANDS OUT STUDENT CASH SCHOLARSHIPS FROM GOLF TOURNAMENT|
MONTREAL, NOVEMBER 1, 2006- The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) distributed 30 cash scholarships of $500 each Nov. 1 to students from the graduating class of 2006 at an Administration Building (6000 Fielding) ceremony in N.D.G.
These scholarships are being funded from the proceeds of the second EMSB Scholarship Golf Tournament held in Lachute in June, 2005. Beneficiaries from the tournament which took place this past June will be chosen at the end of the current academic year.
Scholarships were awarded to high school students who are continuing their studies in a post-secondary educational program.
The scholarships are divided into two categories:
Category I scholarships were presented to students who have demonstrated a high academic achievement as well as involvement in school life activities such as leadership, volunteerism, student council, school sports, representing the school in different events. The recipients were: Mary Adams-Campbell. James Lyng High School in St. Henri; Charles Brenchley, Royal West Academy in Montreal West; Belinda De Luca, Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount; Christina Di Lazzaro and Glladvin Joseph, John F. Kennedy High School in St. Michel; Isadore Dodard-Friedman and Noah Dueck, F.A.C.E. School downtown; Samantha Fiori and Adam Smith, Royal Vale School in N.D.G.; Krystal Francis, Marymount Academy in N.D.G; Zahra Ghassemi, Westmount High School; Mallory Lafferty, Options I School in Ville Emard; Francesca Magliocco, and Richard Razack, Rosemount High School; Christina Mantzioros and Laura Petrovic, Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North; Amanda Ménard, and Carolyn Perugino, Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Léonard; Varouni Nagulesapillai and Dimitrios Poliderakis, LaurenHill Academy in St. Laurent; and Ti-Anna Wang M.I.N.D. School on the Plateau.
Category II scholarships were awarded to students who have persevered in the face of overwhelming odds and personal difficulties. The recipients were: Nailasada Alidina Marymount Academy; David Chafe, Royal West Academy; Babsie Chalifoux-Reis M.I.N.D. Schoo; Vassili Cremanzidis, Vincent Massey Collegiate; Po-Hsiang Hsu, James Lyng High School; Anthony Rainone, Laurier Macdonald High School; Bianca St. Martin, Rosemount High School; Erika Sullivan, Westmount High School; and Kuan Hong Yuan, Rosemount Technology Centre (RTC).
What follows are small backgrounders on two of the recipients:
KUAN HONG YUAN
Yuan is the student representative on the school Safety Advisory Committee. An Electro-mechanics student, he arrived in Canada two years ago from China with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. His first job in Montreal was as an automated machine operator and this encouraged him to register at RTC on February 6, 2006. He felt that taking this program would complement and enrich his mechanical engineering skills. Kuan is a model student. His wife recently gave birth to the couple’s first child. To support his family, he works nights from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and the next day he is always on time for his classes. Upon the completion of his DEP in Electro-mechanics at RTC in June 2007 he will pursue his education for a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has already applied to Concordia University and has been accepted upon the presentation of his official transcripts from China.
Amanda Ménard was the assistant director of the Laurier Macdonald docu-drama "Ripples in Time" dedicating numerous hours to this project. She also assisted with a toy drive for sick children. A serious illness affected a close member of her family. Amanda, who has a sensitive and caring personality, was deeply affected by this unfortunate circumstance. Despite her personal struggles, she remained committed to her involvement in school life activities and volunteer work. Amanda was an IBO student, who in spite of her many hours of involvement in extra-curricular activities, community service, and unfortunate family health problems, never lost motivation and was capable of achieves academic success.
The 2007 tournament will take place again in Lachute on Thurs. June 28.
Michael J. Cohen