Huge win for Wilkins

Clarke’s Beach stu­dent awarded Lester B. Pear­son Schol­ar­ship

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Zoë Wilkins of Clarke’s Beach, a stu­dent at As­cen­sion Col­le­giate in Bay Roberts, has been named the 2013 re­cip­i­ent of the pres­ti­gious Lester B. Pear­son Schol­ar­ship for New­found­land and Labrador.

Wilkins, 17, is the sec­ond young per­son from the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion re­gion to win the award in the last three years, join­ing Erin Bon­is­teel of New Har­bour, who won in 2011. Astrid Pea­cock of Car­bon­ear cap­tured the award in 2006.

She is the daugh­ter of Peter Wilkins and Michelle Ma­honey-Wilkins.

“Zoë was se­lected on the ba­sis of aca­demic achieve­ment, vol­un­teer ac­tiv­i­ties and qual­i­ties of char­ac­ter made ev­i­dent in a de­tailed ap­pli­ca­tion and in­ter­view process,” said Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion Clyde Jack­man in a re­lease on May 21.

The Lester B. Pear­son Schol­ar­ship is val­ued at $34,000 an­nu­ally, good for $68,000 pro­vided for two years of pre-univer­sity study at Pear­son Col­lege, a United World Col­lege in Vic­to­ria, Bri­tish Columbia.

An ad­di­tional $12,000 will be pro­vided through cor­po­rate and com­mu­nity spon­sors, for a to­tal of $80,000.

In Septem­ber, Wilkins will be join­ing last year’s win­ner and Leth­bridge na­tive Asia Hol­loway at Pear­son Col­lege.

In the re­lease, Wilkins was praised for her in­volve­ment in a wide va­ri­ety of school and com­mu­nity-based ac­tiv­i­ties. She is a mem­ber of sev­eral school com­mit­tees, as well as a mem­ber of school and com­mu­nity-based bands.

The vice-prin­ci­pal of stu­dent coun­cil at As­cen­sion Col­le­giate is also a mem­ber of the math team, and has been suc­cess­ful in the realm of pub­lic speak­ing. Wilkins re­cently placed sec­ond at the provin­cial Lions Club speak-off com­pe­ti­tion in Gan­der.

“It is with great plea­sure that I con­grat­u­late Zoë on this tremen­dous ac­com­plish­ment … she will be a great stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tive of this prov­ince at this pres­ti­gious aca­demic in­sti­tu­tion,” said Port de Grave MHA Glenn Lit­tle­john.

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Clarke’s Beach res­i­dent Zoe Wilkins has been awarded the 2013 Lester B. Pear­son Schol­ar­ship for New­found­land and Labrador. Wilkins is a Level II stu­dent at As­cen­sion Col­le­giate in Bay Roberts.

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