Students honoured at Bravo Breakfast
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.
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.