Ascension Collegiate honours top students
Spaniard’s Bay’s Darci Ryan received a surprise at the annual Ascension Collegiate awards night in Bay Roberts on Dec. 16.
The 18-year-old finished at the top of her class and brought home a basketful of awards at the gala.
Ryan took home some $8,380 in awards. In all the school announced $133,000 worth of awards, of which $21,000 Ascension awarded itself.
As the top student in her graduating class, she received the highly coveted Governor General’s Award as the top Level III student.
The Governor General’s award is considered by many as the most prestigious award given to a student graduating from a Canadian high school.
“I had no idea I was getting this,” she said moments after walking across the stage to receive her diploma.
She had no idea she had finished in the No. 1 spot of the 2014 Ascension graduating class and did not find out until she opened the program.
“I was really shocked, actually,” said Ryan. “I had been third and fifth in previous years and this was a big push up for me.”
A first-year of science student at Memorial University in St. John’s, Ryan hopes to pursue a degree in electrical engineering in the next couple of years.
“I kind of took to physics … and my dad is an electrician, so the interest has always been there,” she said.
The following is a summary of the other awards and scholarships handed out last week:
• Dani Ryan — The Governor General award, the Ivimy-Moores Shield (1st place in Level III), R & W Gosse Memorial award (academic excellence), the Stephen F. Russell Scholarship (1st place academic excellence), the Jason Harding Memorial Award (2nd place in English 3201), Stephen V.P. Short Memorial award (Physics 2204), ConTri Retired Teachers Association scholarship, Julie E. Morgan scholarship, MUN Entrance scholarship, Fry Family Foundation Junior Leadership award, Electoral Scholarship for the District of Harbour Grace-Carbonear;
• Joshua Thomas — Stephen F. Russell scholarship (2nd place academic excellence), R & W Gosse Memorial award (academic excellence), Clarence Gosse scholarship (academic achievement), Jason Harding Memorial award (2nd place English 3201), Friends of Ascension award (1st place Chemistry 3202), Ruth Mercer award (1st place Math 3200), MUN Entrance scholarship (Calgary Affinity Dinner), NLTA Scholarship, Electoral Scholarship for the District of Port de Grave, Tutoring for tuition;
• Emily J. Peddle — R & W Gosse Memorial award (academic excellence), Stephen V.P. Short Memorial award ( Physics 3204), Anglican Parish St. Matthews award (academic excellence), JMC Fancy Engineering scholarship, MUN Entrance scholarship, Loblaw scholarship, Electoral Scholarship for the District of Harbour Grace-Carbonear;
• Rebecca Shephard — R & W Gosse Memorial award (academic excellence), Friends of Ascension award (1st place Chemistry 3202), Anglican Parish St. John the Evangelist award (academic excellence), MUN Entrance scholarship, 2014 RCMP National scholarship, Constable W.C. Moss scholarship;
• Matthew French — R & W Gosse Memorial award (academic achievement), Town of Bay Roberts award (academic achievement), Jason Harding Memorial award (2nd place English 3201), Gerald G. Hatch scholarship, Marie Sullivan scholarship, Marjorie Wyght Barre scholarship, MUN Entrance scholarship, Centenary for Responsible Government scholarship;
• Nicole Kennedy — Inspire PostSecondary Education scholarship, National Union of Public and General Employees scholarship, Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture scholarship, Dr. Evan Simpson Entrance scholarship for MUN;
• Toni Jerrett — R & W Gosse Memorial Award (academic achievement), Provincial School Studies award (student leadership), The Peter Kohler Scholarship for engineering students, the Beacon Securities Ltd. bursary for women; MUN Entrance scholarship;
• Bradley Riggs — Nancy Kennedy Memorial scholarship for first year Marine Institute students (academic excellence), SunCor Energy scholarship, Marine Institute Entrance scholarship, CeeBees Minor Hockey Memorial scholarship.
For as long as there have been graduations, it has been customary for students to celebrate by hurling their caps in the air above them. The students of the 2013-2014 graduating class at Ascension Collegiate in Bay Roberts honoured that tradition at the school’s annual awards night on Dec. 16. After a countdown from teacher Michelle Cleary-Haire, students turned their heads towards the ceiling as they threw the caps into the air.