PRES­TI­GIOUS AWARD

SAERC stu­dent named Lo­ran scholar.

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY NANCY KING nk­ing@cb­post.com

A West Bay teenager is among sev­eral schol­ars from across Canada se­lected to re­ceive an award billed as the coun­try’s most com­pre­hen­sive un­der­grad­u­ate schol­ar­ship for char­ac­ter, ser­vice and lead­er­ship.

Ja­nine Lock, a Grade 12 stu­dent at Strait Area Ed­u­ca­tion Recre­ation Cen­tre in Port Hawkes­bury, is one of 33 stu­dents se­lected from across the coun­try for the Lo­ran Award, val­ued at up to $100,000 over four years for un­der­grad­u­ate stud­ies in Canada.

“I’ve just re­ally hon­oured,” Lock said in an in­ter­view. “It’s not just me who got to this stage, there are a lot of peo­ple who have con­trib­uted to mak­ing this a pos­si­bil­ity for me.”

Lock, 17, has long been ac­tive in her school and her com­mu­nity. She is a com­pet­i­tive horse­back rider and can of­ten be found at the horse barn. She is also ac­tive in her lo­cal 4-H club, is a mem­ber of the school soc­cer and curl­ing teams and has served on its Share and Care com­mit­tee.

Lock was nom­i­nated for the award by SAERC and had to go through a writ­ten ap­pli­ca­tion process.

“It was quite a large ap­pli­ca­tion, ac­tu­ally,” she said.

There were 84 young peo­ple se­lected as fi­nal­ists and then Lock went through re­gional in­ter­views in Hal­i­fax.

“I be­lieve I had maybe three or four in­ter­views that day,” she said.

Fi­nally, ear­lier this month she trav­elled to Toronto to take part in a na­tional con­fer­ence, which also had an in­tense sched­ule.

“There were six in­ter­views over two days and in the time that we weren’t in an in­ter­view, we were meet­ing the other can­di­dates,” Lock said. “It was ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble, like noth­ing I’ve ever done be­fore, re­ally.”

In all, more than 4,400 stu­dents from across Canada ap­plied for the hon­our.

The award in­cludes a $10,000 an­nual stipend, tu­ition waivers from one of 25 part­ner uni­ver­si­ties, men­tor­ship, sum­mer in­tern­ship fund­ing as well as an­nual retreats and fo­rums.

Af­ter grad­u­a­tion, Lock hopes to at­tend McGill Univer­sity’s agri­cul­tural cam­pus where she hopes to study agro-en­vi­ron­men­tal science.

“(It was) partly 4-H, partly my par­ents,” she said, when asked how she de­vel­oped that in­ter­est. “They’ve al­ways raised me to be very en­vi­ron­men­tally aware, both my par­ents worked in that field for some time. I’ve jut been raised in the woods and have loved spend­ing time in na­ture and the older I get the more I re­al­ize that a lot of our use as hu­mans of the land is not nec­es­sar­ily sus­tain­able.”

Lock also re­cently ap­peared be­fore the Strait Re­gional School Board to tell its mem­bers about the so-called “bus day care” pro­gram that she de­vised. To help keep younger stu­dents oc­cu­pied on their long bus rides to and from school in Port Hawkes­bury, she came up with a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties for them, some­thing she’s con­tin­ued for the last seven years.

“I just saw the need and my nat­u­ral re­ac­tion was to run games be­cause that’s what my par­ents did with me when I’d get fid­gety on long rides,” Lock said.

The school board has shown in­ter­est in hav­ing Lock do a pre­sen­ta­tion for its prin­ci­pals on the pro­gram.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Ja­nine Lock, a Grade 12 stu­dent at Strait Area Ed­u­ca­tion Recre­ation Cen­tre in Port Hawkes­bury, is one of the win­ners of the Lo­ran Award, val­ued at up to $100,000 over four years for un­der­grad­u­ate stud­ies in Canada.

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