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Local students awarded Lt.-Gov. medals


ALMA -- Six students from Pictou County high schools were recipients of the Lieutenant Governor’s Education Medal last week at a ceremony held at Northumberland Regional High School. 

The medals are awarded annually to two Grade 11 students at each school who are nominated by the school based on academic performance and qualities of leadership and service demonstrated in the school and community.

 

The 2016 winners are Gaelen Bent and Cheyenne Heath of North Nova Education Centre, Kelsey Robson and Taylor Sutherland of Northumberland Regional High School and Clare MacDonald and Tim Shea of Pictou Academy.

 

Gaelen Bent
has achieved an impressive academic standing as a Grade 11 student at NNEC. He is currently a member of the yearbook committee and the Robotics Club. Outside of school, he has been involved in the Northumberland Karate Club for a number of years, where he earned a Blue Belt and continues to train towards a Brown Belt. Bent volunteers his time at the Northumberland Karate Club instructing young students as they learn karate, and helping with tournaments. In his spare time, he enjoys drawing, working on computers and writing.  He is currently completing his first novel.

 

Cheyenne Heath has maintained a strong academic standing as a French Immersion student at NNEC. Named to the Principal’s List, she has received recognition for achieving the highest grade in various subjects and is a member of the Interact Club. Outside of school, Heath holds the rank of a Master Warrant Officer and the position of Drill Sergeant Major for the 219 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps of New Glasgow. She also competes in biathlons at the regional, provincial and national levels. She volunteers for the local food bank, visits with war veterans, works the Poppy drive for Remembrance Day and looks after lawn and home care for elderly people in her neighbourhood. 

 

Kelsey Robson excels in all areas of school life. She is a member of the NRHS soccer, rugby and JV basketball teams and has received numerous awards for her hard work, dedication and sportsmanship. She is a Student Council executive member and has acted as secretary, spirit co-head, Free the Children co-head and Council’s Chief Administrative Officer. Outside of school, Robson is a regular volunteer for community events such as the Relay for Life, Coldest Night of the year, the Central and East Pictou Community Health Board and MORE. Kelsey has maintained an average of 93 per cent in her courses through Grade 10, and is currently one of the top students in the International Baccalaureate program at NRHS.

 

Taylor Sutherland is an excellent student and school citizen who has consistently maintained a high level of academic achievement, evidenced by her top-of-the-class standing in the International Baccalaureate program at NRHS. She is an avid volunteer and has participated in activities such as the Walk for Autism, the Me to We Leadership Camp, Roots for Youth and the Food Bank Drive.  She is also a member of the Free the Children Committee and the Pictou County Intergenerational Communication Forum. Sutherland’s volunteering also extends internationally; she has gone on service trips to Nicaragua and India. She is a competitive horse rider and trainer who also works with animals at Sumac Farms.

 

Clare MacDonaldis an honours student who is active in all aspects of student life at Pictou Academy. As the vice-president of Student Council, she has taken a leadership role in daily school announcements, Spirit Committee, Oktoberfest Committee, IWK Committee, and Winter Carnival Committee. She is a team player who is involved in softball, soccer, basketball, curling and ultimate frisbee. MacDonald is a volunteer at the Maritime Oddfellows Home, deCoste Entertainment Centre, Hector Heritage Quay, Tall Ships, and Clean the Air Concert. She is also an active member in her church as part of the youth group and youth choir, as well as a Sunday School teacher.

 

Timothy Shea is an honours student at Pictou Academy who holds himself to a high academic standard. He has received the Principal’s Award, the Bronze level of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, and is a member of the 90s Club. Shea has taken on leadership roles in the Student Council and is a member of the lacrosse, soccer, and curling teams, as well as track and field, cross country and ultimate frisbee. He is an active member of his community, volunteering for Bikes for Kids, We Scare Hunger and Curl for Cancer. Shea also plays competitive hockey, Pictou County Lacrosse and is a member of the Pictou County Cycle Race team.   

The medals are awarded annually to two Grade 11 students at each school who are nominated by the school based on academic performance and qualities of leadership and service demonstrated in the school and community.

 

The 2016 winners are Gaelen Bent and Cheyenne Heath of North Nova Education Centre, Kelsey Robson and Taylor Sutherland of Northumberland Regional High School and Clare MacDonald and Tim Shea of Pictou Academy.

 

Gaelen Bent
has achieved an impressive academic standing as a Grade 11 student at NNEC. He is currently a member of the yearbook committee and the Robotics Club. Outside of school, he has been involved in the Northumberland Karate Club for a number of years, where he earned a Blue Belt and continues to train towards a Brown Belt. Bent volunteers his time at the Northumberland Karate Club instructing young students as they learn karate, and helping with tournaments. In his spare time, he enjoys drawing, working on computers and writing.  He is currently completing his first novel.

 

Cheyenne Heath has maintained a strong academic standing as a French Immersion student at NNEC. Named to the Principal’s List, she has received recognition for achieving the highest grade in various subjects and is a member of the Interact Club. Outside of school, Heath holds the rank of a Master Warrant Officer and the position of Drill Sergeant Major for the 219 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps of New Glasgow. She also competes in biathlons at the regional, provincial and national levels. She volunteers for the local food bank, visits with war veterans, works the Poppy drive for Remembrance Day and looks after lawn and home care for elderly people in her neighbourhood. 

 

Kelsey Robson excels in all areas of school life. She is a member of the NRHS soccer, rugby and JV basketball teams and has received numerous awards for her hard work, dedication and sportsmanship. She is a Student Council executive member and has acted as secretary, spirit co-head, Free the Children co-head and Council’s Chief Administrative Officer. Outside of school, Robson is a regular volunteer for community events such as the Relay for Life, Coldest Night of the year, the Central and East Pictou Community Health Board and MORE. Kelsey has maintained an average of 93 per cent in her courses through Grade 10, and is currently one of the top students in the International Baccalaureate program at NRHS.

 

Taylor Sutherland is an excellent student and school citizen who has consistently maintained a high level of academic achievement, evidenced by her top-of-the-class standing in the International Baccalaureate program at NRHS. She is an avid volunteer and has participated in activities such as the Walk for Autism, the Me to We Leadership Camp, Roots for Youth and the Food Bank Drive.  She is also a member of the Free the Children Committee and the Pictou County Intergenerational Communication Forum. Sutherland’s volunteering also extends internationally; she has gone on service trips to Nicaragua and India. She is a competitive horse rider and trainer who also works with animals at Sumac Farms.

 

Clare MacDonaldis an honours student who is active in all aspects of student life at Pictou Academy. As the vice-president of Student Council, she has taken a leadership role in daily school announcements, Spirit Committee, Oktoberfest Committee, IWK Committee, and Winter Carnival Committee. She is a team player who is involved in softball, soccer, basketball, curling and ultimate frisbee. MacDonald is a volunteer at the Maritime Oddfellows Home, deCoste Entertainment Centre, Hector Heritage Quay, Tall Ships, and Clean the Air Concert. She is also an active member in her church as part of the youth group and youth choir, as well as a Sunday School teacher.

 

Timothy Shea is an honours student at Pictou Academy who holds himself to a high academic standard. He has received the Principal’s Award, the Bronze level of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, and is a member of the 90s Club. Shea has taken on leadership roles in the Student Council and is a member of the lacrosse, soccer, and curling teams, as well as track and field, cross country and ultimate frisbee. He is an active member of his community, volunteering for Bikes for Kids, We Scare Hunger and Curl for Cancer. Shea also plays competitive hockey, Pictou County Lacrosse and is a member of the Pictou County Cycle Race team.   

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