MONTREAL, SEPTEMBER 22, 2008- For many students negotiating an academic career and a pro-level commitment to sports is a daunting challenge. After all there is only so much time in a day. Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North, however, makes this task a whole lot easier with their Sports Études Program now entering its seventh year. Not only has the it been a success, but also the student athletes it turns out are the biggest success – a dozen regularly competing at national and international venues. The bulletin board of the coordinator’s office looks like a regular sports hall of fame!
In brief, the program allows students to build time directly into their academic schedule for training and competition. Although, this option is not available to anyone, only the most serious and accomplished student athletes are admitted.
Just take a look at a few of their shining stars:
Archer Felishea Quattrociocche is on the Junior National Team and won six medals at the PanAmerican Championships in 2008 in Venezuela. In fact, she was first overall! Felishea has also participated at the sixth Olympic Trials Event in Scarborough and the Gold Cup in New Jersey to mention a couple. Now studying l Liberal Arts at Dawson Felishea was an honour roll student throughout her entire high school career.
“The Sports Études program provides fundamental services and encouragement to all athletes,” says Felishea. “ This program is a safety net providing a flexible academic schedule and constant support in all aspects of student life.”
Accomplished athlete? For sure, and Felishea is not alone at Pearson. Edward Nguyen, a tennis player, has been the under 12 Singles National Champion twice! In 2006, he was also a finalist in the Orange Bowl International Tournament; in 2008 he led the Under 14 Team Canada to a fourth place finish at the World Junior Tennis Finals. Additionally, Edward is an Honour Roll student and credits the program for this saying, “the Sports Études program is the most suitable for my schedule. Everyone I work with – teachers, classmates, administration and our program coordinator is cooperative and encouraging. This makes life at school so much easier.”
Pearson’s list of stars goes on. Marco Lapenna, a soccer player, has received awards for the most goals in a season and has played in the US with his team which placed first. Anthony Perrozzi, a hockey defenseman who plays for the Montreal Canadians Midget AAA, is an Honour Roll student and was recently invited to the Team Quebec Tryouts Prep School Showcase. Anthony says, “the program allows me to study and play and be successful at both.” Then there is Sasha Pizzagalli who was named the Most Decorated Athlete of the Laurentians by the Jeux du Quebec in 2007 and Best Athlete in an Individual Sport by Merite Sportif de St-Eustache in 2005. She won three gold medals and the Canadian National Age Group Gold Medal in 2006. Finally, diver Sabrina Beaupre, whose gold medals number more than a dozen, was named Best Athlete twice in the provincials. Sabrina also attended the Junior World Championship in 2006 in Malaysia and the Grand-Prix 2008 in China.
Clearly, if you are a serious athlete and want academic support to grow in your sport Lester B. Pearson High School is the place to be. Why struggle to keep up in school or stay ahead at your game when you ‘can’ have both! www.lbphs.ca
Michael E. Sweet, Public Relations Coordinator Lester B. Pearson High School T. (514) 328-4442 F. (514) 328-4443 firstname.lastname@example.org