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MONTREAL, NOVEMBER 11, 2010 - The English Montreal School Board (EMSB)  distributed 40 cash scholarships of $500 each on   November 10 to students from the graduating class of 2010 at a ceremony held at the St. Pius X Facility in Ahuntsic. 

These scholarships were funded from the proceeds of the sixth EMSB Scholarship Golf Tournament, held in June 2009. 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 and  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 are: Sara Perillo, Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Leonard; Ijaz Muhammad Arsam, Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North; Cynthia Smeriglio, Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount, Nathaniel Kirsh, Brandyn Lewis and Icoquih Badillo-Amberg, FACE in Ville-Marie; Alexandra Di Lazzaro, John F. Kennedy High School in St. Michel; Sarah Dupont and Kausar Bukhari, LaurenHill Academy in St. Laurent; Emily Lawrence, MIND in the Plateau; Lagins Rajaratnam, Rosemount High School; Travis Nickerson, James Lyng High School in St. Henri; Michael Bruccoleri, Marymount Academy in N.D.G; Saman Ahmad, Royal Vale in N.D.G.; Debra Ann Bercovici, Royal West Academy in Montreal West; Adam Freilich, Westmount High School; Jessica Cormier, Options II in Ville-Émard; Nasrin Rasool, James Lyng Adult Education Centre in St. Henri; Kristina Pozharova and Gifta Toutouyoutte, Shadd Business Centre in N.D.G., and Kimberley Myers, St. Laurent Adult Centre.

Category II scholarships were awarded to students who have persevered in the face of overwhelming odds and personal difficulties. The recipients were: Francesco Bologna, Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Leonard; Sara Racanelli, Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North; Kevin Louis Denoncourt-Cabrera, Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount; Simone Cavanaugh, FACE in Ville-Marie; Angelica Bourgeault-Lynch, John F. Kennedy High School in St. Michel; Janos Bocsi and Anastasia Koronis, LaurenHill Academy in St. Laurent; Rachel McCaffrey-Hogg, MIND in the Plateau; Gowthaman Kasy, Rosemount High School; Tivon Codrington-Thompson, James Lyng High School in St. Henri;  Andrea Cherry, Marymount Academy in N.D.G.; Sade Mowatt, Royal Vale in N.D.G.; Marilyn-Louise Thibeault, Royal West Academy in Montreal West, Fatoumata Juwara, Westmount High School; Aurélie Frenette-Araujo, Options II in Ville-Emard; Shayan Shakeri, Galileo Adult Centre in Montreal North; Wai Sum Ng, James Lyng Adult Education Center in St. Henri; Michael McKnight, Shadd Business Centre in N.D.G., and Vanessa Andrade, St. Laurent Adult Centre.

Shining examples of determination in the latter group include

  • Wai Sum Ng, who recently graduated from the James Lyng Adult Education Center at the age of 40. Wai Sum worked tirelessly to earn outstanding grades and was recognized for his efforts by winning the Governor General’s Academic Medal. Still continuing on his path to become a nurse, Wai Sum works part-time to support his wife and three children and promised to work hard to not only achieve personal success, but set an example for his children.
  • Debra Ann Bercovici, who graduated from Royal West Academy, played a critical role in the school’s Environmental Club, leading the charge in Royal West obtaining the International Vert Bruntland certification; and John F. Kennedy High School’s Angelica Bourgeault-Lynch, who throughout her time in high school has remained an honour roll student while attending workshops at the Cirque de Soleil, four evenings a week.
  • Francesco Bologna refused to let  autism limit his achievements, and taking a glance at his transcript would prove that. Always a supportive classmate and kind person, Francesco persevered through his time at Laurier Macdonald High School. Despite having the option of taking a lesser workload, he refused to be treated differently and took on the same classes and deadlines as his peers, excelling in all areas, highlighted by final marks of 91 in Ethics and Religious Culture and 90 in Entrepreneurvision & the Community. Francesco, along with his 39 other peers are truly worthy of the honour bestowed upon them. 


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