Stanstead College grants prizes at Baccalaureate
Ginger Jabbour Abboud is the recipient of this year’s Pitcher Prize, Stanstead College’s top award, presented to the student who has exerted the greatest influence for good. From Mexico City, Ginger was active in athletics, school drama and fundraising efforts for local causes. The prize is voted on by all students and faculty.
The Stanstead Legion hosted its annual softball tournament in the park on Maple Street last weekend, providing food and refreshments free of charge to all the young players. Dozens of parents were thankful for the big shade trees in the park while the children were happy to play in the hot sun.
Ginger also won the Thespian Shield for Acting and the Community Service Award.
These and other awards were presented at the annual Baccalaureate and Prize-Giving Service held at Centenary Church in Stanstead on Thursday, June 23.
Sophie Legler of Candiac, Que. won the Wilder Shield, as the top junior student with the most positive influence. Sophie was also had the top academic average in Grade 9 and won the Debating Trophy.
Ellen An of Montreal was among the top academic prize winners. The Grade 12 student won the Birks Silver medal for the highest average in Grade 12 as well as the John T. Hackett Trophy for Senior Debating, the McGill Social Sciences Award and numerous top individual course prizes.
The top average in Grade 11, winning the Governor General's Medal, was Loay Al-Rashdi of Muscat, Oman. He also won the McGill Science Medal Award.
Alex Bimm of Montgomery, Vt. earned the Birks Bronze Medal for having the top average in Grade 10. Alex also won the Grade 10 prizes for Chemistry, Physics, Drama and the highest thirdterm average. He was also presented with the Banting Award for a returning local student in recognition of academic achievement.
Another local winner was Kayla Ouellet of Stanstead, who won the Faculty-Staff Award a returning student who is deemed most likely to benefit from returning to Stanstead College and who exemplifies the qualities of health, wisdom and integrity; and the Leonard McGilton Memorial Award for a local senior student returning to the school. Kayla also won the Colby House Award.
Senior male athlete of the year was Grenville LInes of Pembroke, Bermuda, while Michaela Pejzlova of Pardubice, Czech Republic was senior female athlete of the year. Junior athletes of the year were Emily Willis of Newport, Vt. and Hidenobu Kaga of Fukui, Japan.
Students noted for both athletic and academic excellence were Mya Daigle of Newport, Vt. and Vincent Martel of Blainville, Que.
The full prize list is available on our website at www.stansteadcollege.com.
The guest speaker for this year’s Baccalaureate was alumna Helen White, Class of 2009. Originally from Newport, Ms. White is now studying law at Yale and working this summer in a federal prosecutor’s office in Washington, DC.
Ms. White encouraged the graduates to focus on growth, build community, and embrace difference, skills that they had, in fact, already learned at Stanstead College.
“Stop focusing on being the best and start focusing on being better than you were yesterday,” she said. Drawing on her own experience of being supported as a student and supporting her peers, she added, “Having a community matters because they help you reach your highest hopes and help you through your toughest times.”
Pitcher Prize winner Ginger Jabbour Abboud guest speaker Helen White. and
The shade was welcome relief at last weekend’s children’s softball tournament, hosted by the Stanstead Legion.
A young player gets an expert tiejob for her cleats before running to the next base at the Legion’s early Canada Day softball tournament.