Carbonear grad wins academic medal
Sixteen graduates of College of the North Atlantic (CNA), including one Carbonear resident, were presented with Governor General Academic Medals last month at Government House in St. John’s. The ceremony was hosted by Lieut.-Gov. Frank Fagan. The medals were awarded to CNA graduates for achieving the highest overall average upon completion of their diploma-level program in 2013. Awarded since 1873, the Governor General’s Academic Medal is one of the most prestigious awards a student in a Canadian educational institution can receive.
Among those receiving the medal was William Smith of Carbonear, a graduate of the business administration (accounting) program.
“I am delighted to present these awards to such a dedicated and enthusiastic group of young professionals,” said Fagan. “While the strength of a student is not only based on academic achievement, I believe it is the very foundation from which all careers are built. I know each of today’s recipients will continue to strive for excellence in their future endeavors.”
The following is a list of recipients of the 2013 Governor General’s Academic Medal: • Alison Pretty, office administration – executive, Corner Brook; • Camellia Penney, office administration, La Scie; • Cindy Kendall, office administration, St. Teresa’s; • Matthew Faulkner, natural resources technician, Bonavista; • Kristina Osmond, business administration – accounting, Marystown; • Devina Horlick, office administration – executive (hometown not available); • Eileen Pieroway, early childhood education, Corner Brook; • Elizabeth Dugan, aircraft maintenance engineering technician, Gander; • Margaret J. Turner, renovation technician, Eastport; • Michelle Chubbs, office administration – executive, Happy ValleyGoose Bay; • Scott Byrne, mining technician, Labrador City; • Frances Webb, office administration – executive, Cape Ray; • William Smith, business administration (accounting), Carbonear; • Kumi Stoddart, textiles: craft and apparel design, St. John’s; • David Kevin Stacey, electronics engineering technology – biomedical, St. John’s; and • Sherry Simms, office administration – executive, St. Anthony. For more than 125 years, the Governor General’s Academic Medals have recognized the outstanding scholastic achievements of students in Canada. They are awarded to the student graduating with the highest average from a high school, as well as from approved college or university programs.
Pierre Trudeau, Tommy Douglas, Kim Campbell, Robert Bourassa, Robert Stanfield and Gabrielle Roy are just some of the more than 50,000 people who have received the Governor General’s Academic Medal as the start of a life of accomplishment.
Today, the Governor General’s Academic Medals are awarded at four distinct levels: bronze at the secondary school level; collegiate bronze at the post-secondary, diploma level; silver at the undergraduate level; and gold at the graduate level.
There is no monetary award associated with the medal.