2022 Limestone Student Achievers Awards

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2022 Limestone Student Achievers Awards
Posted on 06/15/2022
2022 Student Achievers Awards

Trustees of the Limestone District School Board honoured 11 secondary students with the 2022 Limestone Student Achievers Awards at the Regular Board Meeting June 15, 2022.

The Limestone Student Achievers Award recognizes outstanding achievements of secondary students whose exception accomplishments merit recognition beyond the separate categories of awards at the school level. Recipients should have demonstrated exemplary achievement in all three categories: Leadership, positive attitude, energy and school spirit, and academic standing.

Congratulations to the 2022 Student Achievers Award recipients:

Breanna Roy – Napanee District High School

  • Honour role status each year throughout high school.
  • Energetic and skilled athlete, participating in many different sports including cross country, volleyball, and hockey.
  • Epitomizes what it means to be a leader and has been a leader in the school as well as being the Indigenous Student Trustee for the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Has lead Orange Shirt Day initiatives, did class visits, and organized smudge with elders, as well as visited neighbouring elementary school to discuss Truth and Reconciliation with younger students.

Erin Smith – Sydenham High School

  • High-achieving honour role student with grade in mid-to-high nineties in science, mathematics, English, French, leadership, social science, and cooperative education.
  • Recipient of the Sydenham High School Gold Award for achieving the highest academic standing in Grades 9 and 11, and the Silver Award in Grade 10.
  • Member of the Students’ Council, helping organize spirit activities, plays soccer, is the co-captain of the school field hockey team, KASSA All-Star, and women’s hockey league organiser.
  • Created a new athletics school website and put together a mental health one-week information campaign for the Sydenham High School chapter of Jack.org.
  • Outside of school Erin works two part-time jobs, plays hockey, and volunteers with the South Frontenac Community Services Food Bank.

Sarah Gillan – Ernestown Secondary School

  • One of Ernestown’s highest achieving and most dedicated students when it comes to academics, athletics, and student life.
  • Has been active on many school teams including field hockey, volleyball, soccer, track, and field throughout her time at Ernestown, as well as being named Captain of man of those teams on multiple occasions. A true leader on the athletic field and a supportive teammate in trying to ensure everyone feels included.
  • Has been a member of Student Council since Grade 9 and has been Co-President of Student Council this past year.
  • Has been an honour role student every year since arriving at Ernestown Secondary School.
  • Sarah is continuing her studies in a Bachelor of Nursing Science French Language program starting in the fall.

Amica Levesque – Granite Ridge Education Centre

  • A well-rounded student who demonstrates her leadership by exemplifying admirable qualities for all citizens to emulate.
  • Has been an honour role student for all four years of high school.
  • Recipient of the Gryphon of Excellence Award for learning skills (all E’s in 6 courses) for four years, as well as the Proficiency Trophy for Grades 10 and 11, and numerous subject awards for excellence.
  • Very involved in Granit Ridge Education Centre’s prom committee, leadership camp, peer tutoring, as well as the basketball, volleyball, and track and field teams.
  • Outside of school, Amica is a soccer coach and volunteers with the Parham Agricultural Society, local Food Bank, and letter writing to senior citizens.

Dom Bryant – Katarokwi Learning Centre 

  • Achieved academic success in Grades 9 and 10 in the Portage Program and in Grades 11 and 12 in the River Program.
  • A great writer and storyteller.
  • An honourary member of almost every classroom within KLC.
  • Welcomes other students to participate in Indigenous experiences such as beading workshops, drumming circles, and explaining the importance and relevance of Every Child Matters and Orange Shirt Day.
  • His dedication, optimism, openness, and hard work has allowed him to achieve his goal of a College Pathway Diploma.

Nell Sykes – Loyalist Collegiate Vocational Institute 

  • Exceptionally bright, kind, and well rounded, continuously expecting the best from herself and carries herself with poise, dignity, and self-respect.
  • An active participant in her class, a leader in athletics, a vital member of the Leadership Class, and engaged in student life to its fullest.
  • Earned 10 subject excellence awards and the second highest average all around in Grade 11, with academic achievements in the subject areas of Fine Arts, Language, Math, Sciences, and Physical Education.
  • Described as one of the strongest writers her Grade 12 English teachers has ever had, who contributes to class discussions with respect for her peers and has a very mature insight into the world around her.
  • A natural leader that has the unique ability to lead quietly, without dominating, and without the need or desire for recognition, while always being kind and compassionate towards students, staff, and everyone else.
  • An athlete that consistently demonstrates determination, perseverance, and grit on the field and court, reaching out to teammates with encouragement and enthusiasm, and always willing to lend a hand.

Jillian Morris – Frontenac Secondary School

  • A four-year honour roll student, achieving an academic average placing her in the top three position of the graduating class.
  • On and off the field, works to support and inspire her teammates and peers to reach their potential.
  • One of the few youths currently playing on Kingston’s Tier 1 Premiere Women’s soccer team, with various coaches and teachers describing Jillian as determined, resilient, passionate, hard-working, and authentic, genuine, and inspiring – a complete team member.
  • Outside of school, Jillian contributes to her community in various ways, including being a coach at Queen’s summer camps, working with children of all ages, and actively contributing to community fundraisers including clothing and food drives, and the Boys and Girls Club Pink Shirt Day.
  • Jillian is planning on continuing her education at university, with a focus on studying health sciences.

Bridget Campbell – North Addington Education Centre

  • An exemplary student with a clear vision of her future, always striving to learn more.
  • A quiet, behind the scenes affective leader and community builder, finding many ways to volunteer and help promote and develop NAEC, including the Fun Fair and school Yearbook.
  • An active member of the volleyball team, continuously showing her dedication to the sport, and team through her effort at both practices and games – her positive energy boosts the spirit of the team.
  • With a passion for photography, Bridge successfully competed in the LDSB Skills Competition for Photography in Grade 9 and Grade 10.
  • A very organized and diligent student, always asking great questions and looks for further learning, while being more than willing to help her peers.

Claire Brackenbury – Kingston Secondary School

  • An accomplished academic, talented musician, and very skilled athlete, with unparalleled optimism in the face of adversity and a steadfast dedication to make her community better.
  • A curious learner, who is diligent in her work, and critical in her thinking.
  • Committed to her own academic success and helping build a safe and collaborative learning environment for others.
  • An exceptional student, regularly ranking among the top in her class academically, and will graduate with the French Immersion Certificate.
  • Coaches regularly remark that Claire is the hardest working at any practice, and a natural leader on any team she is apart of.
  • Produced an album, entitled “Silver Linings” made up of 15 original songs, written and performed by her during the pandemic.
  • Committed to making the lives of everyone around her better and being co-chair of her school’s equity committee, Claire has worked hard to amplify underrepresented voices and work to create a more inclusive school.
  • Continuing her education at university next year and is a recipient of the prestigious Chancellor’s Award.

Nick Doran – La Salle Intermediate and Secondary        School

  • A responsible student, critical thinker, has an excellent worth ethic, achieved marks in the 90s in his Grade 12 classes, including English, Kinesiology, and Literacy Tutoring, and an Honour Roll student every year throughout high school.
  • Described as a quiet leader in the school, always helping to support junior students who struggle with literacy and numeracy, going the extra mile to help these students at lunch and after school to ensure they are on-track with their lessons and to answer questions.
  • Helped run a new mental health initiative called “Warm and Cozy Wednesdays” that was organized to help students through the difficult winter months, as well as being instrumental in the “Coffee for Clean Water” fundraiser which is raising money to bring water filtration systems to Indigenous communities.
  • His collaborative approach with his peers has been beneficial to the success of many events run by Leadership Council, including currently being on the Executive.
  • In addition to being an excellent student and school leader, Nick has continued to the local community through regular volunteering with the Start to Finish Reading and Running program at Molly Brand Elementary School and at Sports of All Sorts and Grass Creek camps, in addition to having a part time job.

Wyatt Falcao – Bayridge Secondary School

  • Successfully achieved Level 4 throughout high school in all subjects, with maths and computer sciences being his true passion.
  • An exceptional ambassador for Bayridge before, during and after the peak of the pandemic, exuding positive and an ever-present growth mindset, while continuing to support the well-being of his fellow students and community during these challenging times.
  • He has contributed over 300 hours to various initiatives, most of which have been behind the scenes, as well as through his work as Student Council Co-President.
  • A foundational member of the Bayridge Computer Specialist Program, a hallmark program that strives to foster curiosity, critical thinking, and innovation.
  • Described as being goal-oriented, with a kind soul who needs no fanfare or recognition, working to foster a safe, inclusive, and welcoming community at Bayridge Secondary School.
  • Planning on attending university, with a focus on computer sciences and business.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients. No matter what path these students are taking after graduation, it is clear they will continue to make a positive and significant impact and will forever be wonderful ambassadors of the Limestone District School Board.

The Limestone District School Board is situated on traditional territories of the Anishinaabe & Haudenosaunee.