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Community News 2010-2011 TCS scholars honoured at dinner

2010-2011 TCS scholars honoured at dinner

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Wednesday, 28 September 2011

 The achievements of Trinity College School’s top academic students from 2010-2011 were celebrated on Monday, September 26th, at the annual Scholars’ Dinner in Osler Hall. This event provides an opportunity to honour our returning students’ achievements from their June 2011 report cards. Exactly 100 students achieved an overall average of 86% or higher and earned the coveted distinction of “TCS Scholar.”

Our scholars and their families were invited to attend the dinner and evening’s festivities. Scholars and their guests were received in the Davies Student Centre, before moving to Osler Hall to enjoy a wonderful meal prepared by the TCS food services department.

After dinner, Grade 12 student Justin Morin introduced our guest speaker, and TCS alumnus, Ms. Alexandra Landegger '06. Ms. Landegger lived in Scott House from 2004-2006 and excelled academically; she was a TCS Scholar, an AP Scholar in Grade 11, as well as earning the prestigious AP Canadian National Scholar distinction in her graduating year. She was an outstanding speaker and debater, earning a number of awards, including the first annual Peter Jennings Prize in English. She also played Bigside softball and managed the Bigside basketball team. Ms. Landegger graduated from Georgetown University in 2010 and is currently employed as a senior consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, a strategy and technology consulting firm, based in Washington, D.C. She has also enrolled in a part-time graduate programme at Georgetown and is working towards her master’s degree in communication, culture and technology.

Ms. Landegger spoke fondly of her two years at TCS and how the School has opened doors to different opportunities. She referenced a few examples, including an intimidating AP History class of only two students. Despite the challenge of being on the “hot seat” daily, this was one of her favourite classes ever! As well, she broadened her horizons by taking both art history and French, and this, by chance, also led to a summer position at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. She encouraged students to learn from others, take the time to discover different opportunities and search for something that they are passionate about. Once you have found your passion, then take pride in doing it, as you never know where it might lead you in life! Grade 12 student Madeline Baker thanked Ms. Landegger for her interesting and insightful address.

The awarding of the scholars’ ties, pins and medals followed. Ties were presented to 12 first-time scholars, and returning scholars were awarded gold lapel pins. Students with the top three averages at each grade level were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals. Ms. Landegger, Mrs. Barb Piccini (head of Junior School), Mr. Kristopher Churchill (head of Senior School) and Headmaster Stuart Grainger presented these awards to our scholars. The gold medals were presented to Ivana Massabki (Grade 7), Julian McDonald (Grade 8), Cole Clifford, Peter Frostad and Aria Wills in Grade 9, Zack Chauvin (Grade 10), and Lia Cho (Grade 11). Meryl Fang was also recognized for earning the distinction of AP Scholar in Grade 11, which has only been accomplished a few times in TCS history.

All scholars are congratulated for their outstanding achievement and we look forward to our next Scholars’ Evening on February 13, 2012 in the Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre.

Click here for more photos from Scholars’ Dinner.

- By David Brown, director of academic administration


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