Stu­dents hon­oured at Bravo Break­fast

The Glengarry News - - News - BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON News Staff

A num­ber of lo­cal stu­dents were hon­oured last Tues­day morn­ing at the Bravo Break­fast, an an­nual event that pays trib­ute to Catholic District School Board of Eastern On­tario stu­dents who go the ex­tra mile in mak­ing a dif­fer­ence.

“Each year, at our Bravo Break­fasts, we have the op­por­tu­nity to rec­og­nize some of our young peo­ple – to ap­plaud their achieve­ments, their per­se­ver­ance, and their suc­cesses,” said Todd Lalonde, school board chair and trustee for the City of Corn­wall and Glen­garry County. “We ac­knowl­edge these small ways in which these stu­dents go about their school day, not seek­ing recog­ni­tion for their ac­tions, sim­ply liv­ing out the Gospel val­ues in our Catholic schools.”

Six­teen stu­dents were hon­oured al­to­gether; four of whom at­tend schools in Glen­garry.

Matthew Ha­gen, a Grade 8 stu­dent at Iona Acad­emy, was one of the hon­ourees. Known for be­ing a super kid who is very in­volved with the com­mu­nity, Matthew is “one of those kids look to when some­thing needs to be done.”

He is an al­tar server at his church and vol­un­teers his time at Va­ca­tion Bi­ble School in Ap­ple Hill. He also helps his un­cle Michael on the farm ev­ery­day and as­pires to one day take over the cash crop and cat­tle farm. He and his fam­ily re­cently won first place in the school’s fundrais­ing cam­paign for sell­ing 14 boxes of choco­lates.

Alyssa Bene­dict is a Grade 8 stu­dent at St. Fin­nan’s in Alexandria, where she is known for her in­clu­sive at­ti­tude. Alyssa does her best to in­clude ev­ery­one, of­ten ask­ing class­mates to sit with her if she sus­pects they are feel­ing lonely. She can of­ten be seen help­ing to or­ga­nize the school li­brary and par­tic­i­pat­ing in var­i­ous so­cial en­deav­ours.

She plays a role in St. Fin­nan’s cam­paigns like We Scare Hunger and We Cre­ate Change. She’s also an ath­lete and sits on the year­book com­mit­tee. Her teach­ers say she com­pletes her tasks not be­cause she’s look­ing for praise but be­cause she wants to make the world a bet­ter place.

In ad­di­tion, two Holy Trin­ity stu­dents were hon­oured at the Bravo Break­fast. Brae­don Van Put­ten, a Grade 8 stu­dent, was sin­gled out for lend­ing an ex­tra help­ing hand to teach­ers and for his work as a peer tu­tor. He also demon­strates sports­man­ship, lead­er­ship, and is a cadet. He is also an al­tar server at St. Wil­liam’s in Mart­in­town.

Fi­nally, Jas­mine Savard, also a Holy Trin­ity stu­dent, was hon­oured for her car­ing at­ti­tude. Jas­mine al­ways seems to know who needs an ex­tra “pick-me-up” and will al­ways help or call a team into action when some­thing needs to be done.

Other stu­dents rec­og­nized were Emma The­ri­ault, St. An­drew’s Catholic School, St. An­drews West, and Abigail Em­berg, St. Jude Catholic School, Van­kleek Hill.

STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON PHOTO

BRAVO BREAK­FAST: Brae­don Van Put­ten, Matthew Ha­gen, Jas­mine Savard, and Alyssa Ben­der were hon­oured at the Bravo Break­fast at Holy Trin­ity Se­condary School last Tues­day morn­ing.

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