Schol­ar­ship one of just 22 na­tion-wide

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - FRONT PAGE - LOIS ANN BAKER

A Corn­wall youth is one of just 22 stu­dents across Canada who has been cho­sen to re­ceive a schol­ar­ship from Best Buy.

Sa­van­nah Lapensee, a mem­ber of the Boys and Girls Club, re­ceived the hon­our on Sun­day morn­ing.

Man­ager of the Corn­wall Best Buy, Danik Lafrance, said Lapensee won due to her out­stand­ing ded­i­ca­tion to her com­mu­nity and ed­u­ca­tion.

“We would like to con­grat­u­late you on your ac­com­plish­ments,” he told Lapensee.

“I was re­ally look­ing for­ward to this day,” said Lapensee. “I know when I ap­plied I didn’t think I would get it, it is 22 peo­ple in all of Canada.”

Lapensee said she heard she won the schol­ar­ship over the sum­mer and was so ex­cited she screamed and jumped up and down.

“I am so happy to be here to­day,” she said. “It’s re­ally go­ing to help me a lot.”

Lapensee said she worked very hard to get to where she is and ed­u­ca­tion is a big fo­cus for her.

“As for the $4,000 to­wards my tu­ition, I’m re­ally, re­ally ex­cited for that be­cause col­lege or univer­sity is one of my great goals,” she said. “It’s go­ing to be a big thing.”

Lapensee also thanked the Boys and Girls Club for hav­ing a big im­pact on her life.

“I couldn’t have done it with­out them,” she said. “I would never have been in­tro­duced to this.”

Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of BGC, Jac­quie Richards, said Lapensee was very de­serv­ing of the schol­ar­ship.

“The Best Buy schol­ar­ship is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal youth,” she said. “We are re­ally ex­cited this is year two that one of our youths has been cho­sen.

It’s across the coun­try and only 22 kids are cho­sen. This is a re­ally big deal for us.”

Richards said win­ning this schol­ar­ship gives the stu­dents a leg up.

“That’s why, if you no­tice it isn’t a Grade 12 schol­ar­ship,” she said. “It’s a Grade 10 schol­ar­ship. The idea is that, by help­ing give some­one that help and en­cour­age­ment in Grade 10, hope­fully they will make the next two years, which are tough, get them there. It’s that in­cen­tive, that mo­ti­va­tor at a younger grade level to get that grad­u­a­tion check level.”

“Sa­van­nah ac­tu­ally had the op­por­tu­nity to speak at the United Way break­fast,” said Richards. “She has been with us since Grade 4, so she is a long-term BGC mem­ber. We are her BGC fam­ily. She is a young per­son who I will of­ten re­fer back to the Dr. Suess book ‘Oh the Places You Will Go.’ That’s how I look at Sa­van­nah and we get to be a part of her jour­ney. We are pretty proud of her.”

The schol­ar­ship con­sists of a $750 gift card for the pur­chase of a lap­top com­puter, $250 to help with col­lege ap­pli­ca­tion fees and $4,000 which will be paid di­rectly to the col­lege or univer­sity of her choice.


Sa­van­nah Lapensee cel­e­brates be­ing one of 22 stu­dents across Canada who won a Best Buy schol­ar­ship on Sun­day in Corn­wall.


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