Students shining across region
End of school year time to honour bright minds and hearts
Robots at PETES
The end of the school year is fast approaching and elementary schools, high schools and CEGEPs everywhere are taking the time to honour students that excelled academically, or by volunteering, or becoming involved in school or community humanitarian projects during the year.
While shining a light on young people going out of their way to make a positive difference is always a nice thing to do, such awards also recognize the efforts and projects helping the newest generation forge a path in the right direction. With that spirit in mind, we want to do our part by highlighting the notable, as well as some upcoming events also aimed at making a positive difference.
Two Secondary II (Grade-8) students from Westwood Sr. High School, in SaintLazare travelled to Lethbridge, Alberta last week to take part in the 52nd annual Canada-wide Science Fair 2013. Erika MacInnis and Olivia Cardillo earned the right to compete at the national level with their windmill project. To get there, the pair initially finished first in the junior category at the science fair regionals, which were held in Quebec in March. MacInnis and Cardillo then went on to compete at the provincial level in Chicoutimi, Que. That’s when they, along with 40 other students from Quebec, were chosen to attend the week-long science fair in Alberta, which featured the top 400 science projects by students from more than 100 regional fairs across Canada.
Meanwhile, students at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School will take part in a two day robotics tournament starting tomorrow, when the first day will be hosted at the Vaudreuil-Dorion school. The twoday tournament will challenge teams of students from three different schools in the Lester-B.-Pearson School Board’s territory to accomplish robotics missions using a new millennium learning approach. During the competition the teams will use technology to analyze information, collaborate, solve problems, and make decisions. In addition, Brian Ewenson, an aerospace educator, will speak with the young competitors while also mentoring them. PETES principal, Colleen Galley, says the goal of the tournament is to highlight the emerging technologies available to the students, while also providing them with key learning opportunities critical to the success of future generations.
And proving you’re never too young to start, kindergarten students from Forest Hill Jr. in Saint-Lazare joined fellow students from Beechwood Elementary in Pierrefonds at St. Edmund Elementary in Beaconsfield on May 9 for a robotics day.
The pint sized engineers were tasked with building robotic structures able to move in a garden-related way – a dog walking in the garden, a sun in rotation, etc.
JAC Student Service Awards
John Abbott College, meanwhile, held its Service Awards reception earlier this month to honour students who made a significant contribution to student life at the Sainte- Anne-de-Bellevue campus. Recipients had to have been involved in extra or cocurricular activities by participating in a student club or service organization, by creating a new project or event, or by providing a service to other students at John Abbott. A total of 36 students were recognized for being involved in such programs as the Healthy Campus Committee, the student newspaper, the Outdoor Adventure Club, the Debate Club, the Student Employment Centre, the Student Ambassador Program, and much more.
Bridge to Burundi Concert
And a long term fundraising project adopted by students at Westwood Sr. High School in Hudson that has already financed the building and opening of a school in Rwoga, Burundi, a small country in Central Africa, will continue next Saturday with a benefit concert in Hudson.
The event: Live Music and Dance Festival Concert in support of The Westwood Bridge to Burundi Project, will take place at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre on Saturday, June 1. Doors will open at 7p.m.
Local band El Proyecto Colectivo will turn up the pre-summer heat with their infectious Latin reggae music inspired by the diverse cultural and musical backgrounds of its members.
The event will also feature the Burundi Drummers, a wildly talented percussion ensemble from Burundi playing large drums made from trees indigenous to their native region. The Burundi Drummers performance, a cultural, rhythmic, colourful treat, is steeped in African traditions that pay homage to their place in the Burundi’s most important social functions: births, deaths, coronations, and more.
The event will include tapas and refreshments from the bar.
All proceeds will support The Westwood Bridge to Burundi Project which has amassed more than $80,000 to date. The funds have been used to build three school buildings housing one grade level each. A total of 300 students, about 90 per grade level, attend the school. Half of the student population is female. Thus far, the Westwood Bridge to Burundi Project has built, staffed and supplied one new building and grade level per year. It has committed to continue funding the school, and various off-spin humanitarian efforts in the village, for another five years.
Tickets for the live benefit concert, $10 in advance, $12 at the door, can be purchased at Que de Bonnes Choses store, and Pure Art store in Hudson, or by email at email@example.com. For more information about the Bridge to Burundi project go to www.bridge-to-burundi.org.
Pint-sized engineers from Forest Hill Jr. Elementary School, and two other West Island schools took part in a robotics day earlier this month.