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Five Grade 11 students from Pictou County received Lieutenant Governor’s Education Medals last week, in recognition of their academic performance, leadership and service to their school and community.

The medals were presented by Nova Scotia Lt. Gov. J. J. Grant at a ceremony hosted at North Colchester High School in Tatamagouche.

The Lieutenant Governor's Education Medals are awarded annually to one male student and one female student in Grade 11 from every high school. Students are nominated by their school based on academic performance and qualities of leadership and service demonstrated in their school and community.

 

Emma Curley, North Nova Education Centre: In addition to her honours academic standing, Curley is an active tri-athlete, accomplished musician, dancer/choreographer and community leader. She is co-chair of registration for the annual Johnny Miles Marathon in New Glasgow and volunteer/participant in numerous other charity athletic events. Curley is a junior counsellor at YMCA youth camps in Pictou County, supervises child safety at the Funtopia indoor playground and is an assistant dance instructor. At NNEC, Emma is on the student council and active in musical and dramatic arts having received the Ken Roy Memorial Award for Passion and Dedication to the Performing Arts. She also holds down a part-time job.

Kaelan Schmidt, North Nova Education Centre: Schmidt continues in high school the legacy he set for himself in middle school with three years designated as Athlete of the Year and earning Highest Average. Schmidt is an accomplished athlete and is the recipient of the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation’s Ron O’Flaherty Scholar-Athlete Award. He is a gold, silver and bronze medalist in high jump and triple jump for the past two years at the National Legion Youth Track and Field meet. Schmidt is also an annual participant at the New Glasgow Music Festival and has received prizes in voice, piano and violin.

James Lees, Northumberland Regional High: Lees is an International Baccalaureate Program student who has demonstrated excellence in academics and dedication to the school and community. He has consistently achieved Academic Excellence as a Pre-IB and IB student while actively involved in numerous school clubs and committees. Currently, Lees is the editor of the school paper, the co-head of the communications committee, the co-head of the Gamers Club, and a member of the Students Council executive, in addition to past involvement in robotics and as acting school president. In recent years, Lees has been the recipient of multiple prestigious awards as well as scholarships and bursaries. Most notably, he received recognition in the Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia for Scientific Achievements, won the Australian National Youth Science Forum Award, and a silver and bronze Medal of Excellence at the Canada Wide Science Fair. In addition to these awards, Lees has also received an EF Global Citizen Scholarship and scholarships to Saint Mary’s University and Western University.

Katie Warren, Northumberland Regional High: Warren has demonstrated academic excellence and superior school, community, and global involvement. She maintains academic excellence while still participating in Encounters with Canada, the Pictou County Athletics track team, the school’s track and ski teams, band, Nova Scotia Secondary Schools’ Association and the Subway Sharks Swim team, as well as volunteering on a regular basis. Warren organized a soup kitchen, served as a camp counselor, taught Sunday School, worked to help raise funds for Coldest Night of the Year, is a co-head of the school’s SALT program, and serves as a peer tutor. She is currently planning a mission trip to Philadelphia this summer. With all of these activities, Warren has received several awards including the Shawna MacBeth Award, the second highest average in Grade 10 pre-IB, second place in Chignecto Regional Science Fair, an Agricultural Awareness Award, cross-country top female athlete, Subway Athlete of the month, silver at the Summer Atlantic championships, won the Kejimikujik short story and photo contest and had two short stories published by Polar Expressions.

 

Aran MacDonald, Pictou Academy: MacDonald is very active in all aspects of school life while maintaining a high academic standard.  She is currently serving as vice president of student council and has been active in promoting sport and spirit as a member of many school teams and committees. MacDonald loves to sing and act, and has performed in the annual school musical production each year since Grade 7. She sings in her church choir and teaches Sunday school, and has attended the Presbyterian Synod Conferences each of the last two years. She is one of two Canadian youth leading the preparations for the Canada Wide Youth Ministry Conference in 2016. MacDonald recently received the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award at a ceremony at Government House.

THE NEWS

Five Grade 11 students from Pictou County received Lieutenant Governor’s Education Medals last week, in recognition of their academic performance, leadership and service to their school and community.

The medals were presented by Nova Scotia Lt. Gov. J. J. Grant at a ceremony hosted at North Colchester High School in Tatamagouche.

The Lieutenant Governor's Education Medals are awarded annually to one male student and one female student in Grade 11 from every high school. Students are nominated by their school based on academic performance and qualities of leadership and service demonstrated in their school and community.

 

Emma Curley, North Nova Education Centre: In addition to her honours academic standing, Curley is an active tri-athlete, accomplished musician, dancer/choreographer and community leader. She is co-chair of registration for the annual Johnny Miles Marathon in New Glasgow and volunteer/participant in numerous other charity athletic events. Curley is a junior counsellor at YMCA youth camps in Pictou County, supervises child safety at the Funtopia indoor playground and is an assistant dance instructor. At NNEC, Emma is on the student council and active in musical and dramatic arts having received the Ken Roy Memorial Award for Passion and Dedication to the Performing Arts. She also holds down a part-time job.

Kaelan Schmidt, North Nova Education Centre: Schmidt continues in high school the legacy he set for himself in middle school with three years designated as Athlete of the Year and earning Highest Average. Schmidt is an accomplished athlete and is the recipient of the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation’s Ron O’Flaherty Scholar-Athlete Award. He is a gold, silver and bronze medalist in high jump and triple jump for the past two years at the National Legion Youth Track and Field meet. Schmidt is also an annual participant at the New Glasgow Music Festival and has received prizes in voice, piano and violin.

James Lees, Northumberland Regional High: Lees is an International Baccalaureate Program student who has demonstrated excellence in academics and dedication to the school and community. He has consistently achieved Academic Excellence as a Pre-IB and IB student while actively involved in numerous school clubs and committees. Currently, Lees is the editor of the school paper, the co-head of the communications committee, the co-head of the Gamers Club, and a member of the Students Council executive, in addition to past involvement in robotics and as acting school president. In recent years, Lees has been the recipient of multiple prestigious awards as well as scholarships and bursaries. Most notably, he received recognition in the Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia for Scientific Achievements, won the Australian National Youth Science Forum Award, and a silver and bronze Medal of Excellence at the Canada Wide Science Fair. In addition to these awards, Lees has also received an EF Global Citizen Scholarship and scholarships to Saint Mary’s University and Western University.

Katie Warren, Northumberland Regional High: Warren has demonstrated academic excellence and superior school, community, and global involvement. She maintains academic excellence while still participating in Encounters with Canada, the Pictou County Athletics track team, the school’s track and ski teams, band, Nova Scotia Secondary Schools’ Association and the Subway Sharks Swim team, as well as volunteering on a regular basis. Warren organized a soup kitchen, served as a camp counselor, taught Sunday School, worked to help raise funds for Coldest Night of the Year, is a co-head of the school’s SALT program, and serves as a peer tutor. She is currently planning a mission trip to Philadelphia this summer. With all of these activities, Warren has received several awards including the Shawna MacBeth Award, the second highest average in Grade 10 pre-IB, second place in Chignecto Regional Science Fair, an Agricultural Awareness Award, cross-country top female athlete, Subway Athlete of the month, silver at the Summer Atlantic championships, won the Kejimikujik short story and photo contest and had two short stories published by Polar Expressions.

 

Aran MacDonald, Pictou Academy: MacDonald is very active in all aspects of school life while maintaining a high academic standard.  She is currently serving as vice president of student council and has been active in promoting sport and spirit as a member of many school teams and committees. MacDonald loves to sing and act, and has performed in the annual school musical production each year since Grade 7. She sings in her church choir and teaches Sunday school, and has attended the Presbyterian Synod Conferences each of the last two years. She is one of two Canadian youth leading the preparations for the Canada Wide Youth Ministry Conference in 2016. MacDonald recently received the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award at a ceremony at Government House.

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