Stanstead Col­lege grants prizes at Bac­calau­re­ate

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Ross Mur­ray, Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion

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.stanstead­col­

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.

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