Lower Is­land Cove teen wins free col­lege tu­ition

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A res­i­dent of Lower Is­land Cove on the north shore of Con­cep­tion Bay has won a year’s free tu­ition at the Col­lege of the North At­lantic.

Kelsey Maid­ment was pre­sented with a tu­ition voucher on Mon­day, Aug. 29 byGary Myr­den, ad­min­is­tra­tor at the Car­bon­ear cam­pus of the Col­lege of the North At­lantic.

“ This is the big­gest thing I’ve ever won,” said Kelsey.

Kelsey was the grand prize win­ner of the col­lege’s 2011 Sum­mer Crew con­test.

The prize couldn’t have been more ap­pre­ci­ated by Kelsey and her family, who have strug­gled fi­nan­cial­lly.

“ My mother lost her eye­sight a cou­ple of years ago and she’s on dis­abil­ity,” Kelsey ex­plained. “(My family) sup­ports me in my stud­ies, but they can’t re­ally sup­port me fi­nan­cially.”

Kelsey is en­rolled in the com­pre­hen­sive arts and science trans­fer pro­gram at the Car­bon­ear cam­pus, and plans to com­mute daily from her home in Lower Is­land Cove. Her ul­ti­mate goal is to be­come a phar­ma­cist.

She main­tained a 90 per cent av­er­age dur­ing her years at Bac­calieu Col­le­giate in Old Per­li­can.

The free tu­ition will al­low her to re­duce her stu­dent loan bur­den.

“ I was tak­ing that pro­gram to save some money,” she said. “In­stead of do­ing my first year of univer­sity in St. John’s, I’d stay home and I wouldn’t have to spend so much. I could go back and forth to school ev­ery day and I wouldn’t need an apart­ment and tu­ition was cheaper.”

The CAS Trans­fer pro­gram pro­vides stu­dents with a num­ber of cred­its which can be ap­plied to fur­ther stud­ies at CNA or a de­gree at Me­mo­rial Univer­sity (MUN).

“I heard it was a great tran­si­tion from high school into univer­sity,” Kelsey added. “I think that’s the best way to do it be­cause it gives you more time to ad­just to the dif­fer­ence be­tween high school and post-se­condary.”

After com­plet­ing the pro­gram at CNA, Maid­ment wants to ap­ply to the School of Phar­macy at MUN. She said her mother was as ex­cited as she was to find out that her first year of col­lege will be tu­ition-free.

“It re­ally means a lot to me and it means a lot to her too — I called her and told her that I won it and she was so happy — she was re­lieved that I wouldn’t have such a big stu­dent loan to pay back.”

Now, Maid­ment is headed into her first year of col­lege without the bur­den of pay­ing for her tu­ition.

“ I’m look­ing for­ward to a new ex­pe­ri­ence and meet­ing new peo­ple. I liked high school but it’s six years of the same peo­ple. Now it’s new peo­ple from dif­fer­ent places.”

Maid­ment will also re­ceive a $150 gift cer­tifi­cate for CNA’s E-Store.

Four run­ners-up were also cho­sen in the Sum­mer Crew con­test. Rachelle House of St. John’s and Stacey Cadet of Port au Choix will each re­ceive a $100 gift cer­tifi­cate for the CNA E-Store, while Ger­ard Mur­phy of St. John’s and Ryan Mur­phy of Har­bour Main will each re­ceive a $75 gift cer­tifi­cate for CNA’s E-Store.

CAR­BON­EAR CAM­PUS AD­MIN­IS­TRA­TOR  Gary Myr­den (left), ad­min­is­tra­tor at the Car­bon­ear cam­pus of the Col­lege of the North At­lantic, presents Kelsey Maid­ment with a voucher for one year’s free tu­ition at the col­lege on Mon­day, Aug. 29.

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