The first week of school for students at Georges P. Vanier can always be hectic and disorienting, but teachers and staff do their best to make them feel welcome.
To that end, the students were treated to a breakfast and an awards ceremony on Sept. 1. Teachers and staff prepared and served sausages and pancakes for their and their families in the senior high gym.
The academic awards ceremony followed, with principal Bob Owens welcoming everyone.
“We’re celebrating the success of our students from the previous year,” says Owens.
Makayla Wurm sang ‘O Canada’ and then the awards of merit and awards of distinction for each grade were presented. No names are mentioned in this article, as there are many presentations made in each grade. But other awards are noted here.
Tyler Doyle had the top math mark for Grade 12.
The most improved students were:
. Grade 7, Nathan Simard.
. Grade 8, Hailey Limoges.
. Grade 9, Austin Deslaurier.
. Grade 10, Corey Guindon.
. Grade 11, Tracy Verreault.
. Grade 12, Amy Peterson.
The top academic awards were presented to:
. Grade 7, Alexandra Sliger.
. Grade 8, Dylan Desharnais.
. Grade 9, Filipi Bardusco.
. Grade 10, Alex Rondeau.
. Grade 11, Danika Bouvier.
Tyler Doyle received the Governor General’s award, consisting of a medal and a scholarship.
The Fierte Francophone awards were also presented:
. Grade 7, Darby Heckbert.
. Grade 8, Catherine Brochu.
. Grade 9, Shayna Yaremko.
. Haute Ecole, Danika Bouvier.
Also, Jessina Goodswimmer received the Aboriginal Spirit Award.
Eli Hodgson was the junior high recipient of the Unsung Hero Award, while Alanna Blanchette was the senior high recipient.
Filipi Bardusco received the vice-principal’s award and Nuoy Gauthier received the principal’s award. Each award was a watch.
Other awards were presented. Philippa O’Mahony presented the John O’Mahony Memorial Scholarship of $500 to Tyler Doyle. Colin Doyle, his brother, accepted it on his behalf.
This year, the Burse Turenne Scholarship was presented to Alanna Blanchette, Jennifer Mader and Shanell Tardif. Each recipient receives $1,100.