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MONTREAL, MAY 29, 2007- Two students from the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) won gold medals and another a silver at the 25th annual Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal Outstanding Student Awards Program, which took place May 29 at the Hilton Montréal Bonaventure. In all, 11 EMSB students were nominated in four different categories.

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. Alexander Winkler-Schwartz of Marymount Academy in N.D.G. won the gold medal in Sciences/Math, which was accompanied by a $1,000 bursary. Rini Karmaker of John F. Kennedy High School in St. Michel captured silver and $700 in the same category. In the Vocational Education Program category, Carl Tabib of the Rosemount Technology Centre won gold and $1,000.

The other finalists were: Gianni Montanaro, Lester B. Pearson in Montreal North and Alex Walsh, Royal West Academy in Montreal West. (Sciences/Math); Maura Lisa Forese, Laurier Macdonald in St. Leonard and Roxanne Roy, FACE downtown, (Arts); Shelby Cohen, Royal West Academy in Montreal West and Amélia Vachon, Lester B. Pearson in Montreal North (Social Sciences/Languages); and Douglas Burrell and Nadine Van Elslande, each from Rosemount Technology Centre (Vocational Education).

This year marked the first time that EMSB Sports Études students from Lester B. Pearson High School qualified. Not only were Montanaro and Vachon at the elite level in swimming and short track speed skating respectively. They were also integrally involved with different extra curricular activities. Sports-Études is a partnership of school board, school and sports federations, under the umbrella of the Ministry of Education, Leisure and Sports (MELS). Once in a Sports-Études Program, students follow the regular Ministry curriculum in an accelerated manner. Typically a student must meet the requirements for a Secondary School Diploma in 60 to 75 percent of the designated time, leaving the remaining 25 to 40 percent time to pursue an athletic endeavor. The school schedule is organized so that the student-athletes finish their formal school day early each day, allowing sufficient time for training, study and tutoring Coaches, academic advisors/guidance counsellors and teachers must work collaboratively to ensure that the student does not fall too far behind at school.

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