Car­bon­ear grad wins aca­demic medal

The Compass - - EDUCATION -

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.

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