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The Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows News is pleased to offer the sixth edition of ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ in which we celebrate local students who have excelled in academics, athletics, the arts and community involvement. Special thanks to Irena Pochop, Manager of Communications at School District #42 for her help in coordinating this project and to the principals of School District #42 for committing their time and expertise to select students worthy of recognition. Special thanks as well to James Cameron School and Maple Ridge

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Christian School for their contributions this year. Keep in mind that this was not a competition, and there are many hard working, talented and deserving young people who could have been selected, but our principals went above and beyond to provide us with a sample of youth who exemplify the qualities of excellence, maturity and leadership. So, please enjoy ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ and be comfortable in the knowledge that our future is in good hands.

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Westview Secondary School

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Abraha, Thomas Adagbonyin, Trevonn Ashour, Amina Biamonte, Nicolas Blogg, Yasmine Boroevich, Sabina Boswell, Dawsen Boulter, Jenae Bruce, Gavin Bruno, Alexzandra Burgess, Molly Cabanban, Francis Cannell, Madison Carniel, Cody Champagne, Haley Chang, Paul Chenatte, Jenevieve Chiasson, Julia Choi, Anthony Churchill, Kayla Cloete, Justin Cooper, Travis Cordoni, Ryan Da Costa, Anthony

Demke, Kole Dick, Rebecca Dozie, Zikora Fabbro, Viktoria Farquhar, Hannah Fink, Chandler Gallagher, Calnan Gareau, Jessica Gervais, Braeden Gillespie, Spencer Gold, Trevor Gosse, Dabria Grant, Sara Grewal, Tanjot Grisewood, Brooke Gushue, Nolan Hansra, Khushleen Hebeler, Seth Hernandez, Calysta HoisingtonMaddaloni, Devan Horodyski, Nicholas Horwood, Dylan Howard, Noah Huang, Kaicheng

Hughes, Benjamin Jellie, Konner Jensen, Brittney Jensen, Gary Jensen, Keeley Judge, Harpreet Kelly, Heather Kelly, Kristy Kelsey, Tristan Kennedy, Phoenix Knapp, Cameron Kopasz, Shawn Krystik, Chris Laking, Erika Laveaux-Calder, Dylan Leech Lawrence, Jeanette Leslie, Liam Lingenfelter, Willow Littler, Dakota LopeteguiCristallini, Maite Lor, Nhia Lor, Jerry

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LEADERS of TOMORROW Kierstin Earle Albion elementary

Whether she is fundraising to provide clean water for Africa or monitoring a primary class at recess and lunch, Kierstin Earle cheerfully gives her time to making Albion elementary a great place to be. She has demonstrated leadership in and out of the classroom as a member of the Albion leadership team, as is an active participant in Student Voice. She is also an excellent Big Buddy to primary students. Academically, Kierstin is not satisfied with her work until she has gone the extra mile and done her best. She was chosen to represent Albion at the district public speaking forum. From the start of her Grade 7 year in 201718, Kierstin became an important part of the leadership team and she is seen by classmates and adults as someone they can

depend on to get the job done. Her thoughtful way of dealing with people, as well as her maturity make her someone to look up to.

Will Stafford Albion elementary

Will Stafford enjoys a challenge, whether it’s in the classroom, the gym, or in the district public speaking forum. He puts thought and effort into everything he does. Will excels in academics and he finds the time to help his peers. He is well liked by adults and peers because of his friendly disposition and the positive energy he brings. His maturity level allows him to do his best on the field and demonstrate good sportsmanship. Never satisfied with the status quo, Will is a member of Student Voice and he participated in the Albion leadership team. His efforts to make the world a better place include: We Scare Hunger, and the most recent fundraiser surpassed its goal and provided clean water for many Africans.

By giving his time to improve the school and world community, Will has shown that he is a leader of today and tomorrow.

Adrianna Severud

Alexander Robinson elementary Adrianna carries herself with great poise. She is a kind, compassionate young woman who understands what it means to care for herself and others. She continues to look for ways to improve our school community by volunteering with our younger students, participating in Me to We, DSAC, our school arts program- AR’s Got Talent, and school athletics. Outside of school Adrianna shares a passion for Acro, performed in Showstoppers and Mary Poppins and volunteers her time helping younger children. Adrianna is an exceptional role model that leads with empathy and understanding for all students.

“Education is not preparation for life; Education is life itself.” John Dewey


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Evan

Alexander Robinson elementary The moment you meet Evan, you know he’s destined for greatness. This Grade 7 Alexander Robinson student is known for his strong work ethic and attention to detail. While he excels in all subject areas, his favourite is mathematics; he enjoys being challenged. Evan is actively involved in his school and his community. He is a member of Alexander Robinson elementary’s Got Talent – a monthly showcase of student talent. Here, he has emceed, performed dance routines and piano solos, and created and showcased a video for Pink Shirt Day. Evan is continually trying to recruit new members to showcase their skills

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and abilities. Evan is a member of our Me to We program, in which he is actively raising resources locally for organizations such as Cythera House, and internationally in Sierra Leone. He belongs to the Kindness Club, in which he helps younger children realize the large impact of small acts of kindness. He continually looks out for his fellow students, helping where help is needed; whether that be assisting a fellow classmate with a math problem, or helping them make good choices. Evan enjoys playing on the school basketball team and plays soccer in the alternate season. He enjoys hip hop dance. He will be in Level 6 in his piano lessons and he is a member of Showstoppers. He has, in the past, enjoyed both skating and swimming lessons.

Evan is looking forward to the challenges and experiences that wait for him in high school. He is excited to meet new teachers for each subject taught. He is looking forward to new clubs and organizations that will expand his horizons – specifically, drama, book club, track and field, basketball, and soccer. He is excited about finding his direction as he takes one more step towards university, where he can focus on sciences and explore the possibilities that exist there. He wants to explore the sciences – he’s currently interested in space, or paleontology. As he continues to absorb his education, we’re sure that Evan will find success in whatever path he chooses. Alexander Robinson elementary is going to miss him.

Kai Skerratt

Marlee Van Balkom

Kai Skerratt is in his second year of The Wheelhouse in SD42, where developing leadership skills is one of the program’s core components. Kai feels that being a part of The Wheelhouse has helped his leadership develop in many ways. The program provides many opportunities for students to help out in the community and learn about their passions. “I was challenged to do things outside of my comfort zone,” he describes, “and it was safe to make mistakes.” The students and staff at Alouette elementary are grateful for Kai, as he devotes a significant amount of time and energy into making a positive impact on the school community. He is a peer counselor, a school representative on the Student Voice team, and participates in nearly every fundraising, and leadership activity that is offered. What do staff members at the school say about Kai? The most common sentiments are, “Oh, I love that boy.” And, “What an amazing kid!” Outside of school, he is passionate about mountain biking, reading, and spending time with his family. He is active in his church youth group, including past participation leading younger children in the church. Kai and his family make time to participate in various local fundraising events, and he also enjoys spreading kindness around his community whenever possible. Kai believes there are several reasons that young people should be active in their community. He thinks: “It is important to give back to the community, to make it a better place.” He also feels that it is imperative for today’s youth to speak up and speak out so that adults can hear the collective voice of our youth. He hopes that increasing the voice of today’s youth will empower youth with more ability to make change in the world.

Marlee Van Balkom is currently a Grade 6 student, in her first year of The Wheelhouse program. She previously attended the Environmental School from Kindergarten through Grade 5, and she enjoys sharing the knowledge gained from her experiences at this school with her peers. She is very appreciative of the supportive and caring community that exists in The Wheelhouse program. Marlee describes the class as, “super nice and kind” and that “everyone cares about each other”. She says that this kindness is shown by the way the students interact with each other. “We include each other. We look out for one another.” Marlee is involved in many activities outside of school, including community theatre, a youth group, and in her church community. She is also dedicated as a competitive gymnast. She competes in trampoline and tumbling and has been in the sport since she was eight years old. She currently trains approximately 12.5 hours a week, and has competed at the provincial championships and Western Canada Cup. This year, she was awarded a first place at the provincials in the synchro trampoline event. What does it mean to Marlee to be a leader? “It means being responsible, being kind, making good choices and showing good judgment. Oh, and setting a good example.” When asked about what she has learned from good leaders, Marlee gives simple advice: “Be nice and kind – if somebody is sitting there and is sad, and if we don’t walk up to them and talk to them, they will just stay sad. And that’s no good.” Marlee’s peers will tell you that she is always happy and cheerful, and her cheerful nature is infectious. In fact, her speech topic this year was “How to Spread Happiness.” One thing that stands out about Marlee is her commitment to healthy living and eating. Her

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However, Kai does not hog the spotlight or show an interest for glory or fame as a leader. Instead, he prefers to gently create a positive impact to the people and environment that surround him. Kai stands out as a leader through the impact and influence of his actions. You can’t always catch him in action, but you can certainly see evidence of his presence. If you ask Kai about the people who have influenced him, his dad is at the top of the list. Kai looks up to his dad for inspiration and guidance, and his dad provides that and more. Kai says that his dad is an “outside the box thinker” and that his dad can always find a solution to problems. As for his dad’s leadership style? “My dad leads by doing. He is humble and always quietly helping others.” Looking to the future, Kai would like to be the type of person who “makes things happen and inspires others to do the same.” He hopes to continue his participation with the Student Voice leadership team. He would also like to join a community youth group with a focus on social justice. Kai still believes in a world where everyone can feel accepted and cherished, and he works toward achieving this goal in every way that he can.

family grows their own fruits and vegetables in a large garden at the house. Marlee explains that it is much healthier by avoiding the use of pesticides, sprays, and also cuts out the added pollution that would be necessary to transport food to the local supermarket. Marlee enjoys sharing information about healthy eating with her peers, and does so in a manner that feels casual and kind. She is determined to influence people to eat healthier. In the future, Marlee would like to qualify to compete in gymnastics at the national championships – she hopes to make it in the next two to three years. She has already expressed a desire to participate on the Student Voice team next year in Grade 7. Marlee has a lot of wishes for the world, but one stands out above the rest: “Stop eating processed and packaged food.” She would also like people to reduce their meat intake and eat more fruits and vegetables. She eats vegetarian, but understands that cutting out meat is not something that everyone is willing to do. However, she does believe that eating meat in moderation is a healthier alternative. As for the fruits and vegetables? “Everyone needs their daily nutrients…if you don’t have them, you won’t have as much energy.”

“Now, a good education is about so much more than just learning geometry or memorizing dates in history. All of that is important, but an education is also about exploring new things - discovering what makes you come alive, and then being your best at whatever you choose.” Michelle Obama


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Hanna Stelmack

Abby Vossenaar

This year, Hanna Stelmack has contributed to Blue Mountain elementary by helping out in the school by lunch monitoring and peer modeling. She is very responsible with younger students and is an excellent model for her peers. Hanna has participated at the district finals in track and field, she has played on the school’s ultimate Frisbee team and the girls’ volleyball team. She has volunteered as scorekeeper for the boys’ basketball team, and has even helped with our Christmas concerts. Hanna is an avid reader and has been a part of Book Fest. She is a positive, keen and patient individual who works well in groups and is a terrific organizer. She completes all her homework on time and is more than willing to help her peers. Hanna is a great writer and does so with lots of detail. She has demonstrated an interest in environmental concerns.

Abby Vossenaar is a dedicated student and gymnast as she balances school and her passion. Abby started gymnastics at the age of five. In Grade 6, Abby attends school half days, four times a week, and then heads to gymnastics training. She trains five days a week (approximately 24 hours per week) in order to compete at a high level, on the vault, bars, beam and floor events. She travels nationally and internationally for competitions. Recently, Abby won a silver medal at the western Canadian championships in Edmonton. Abby hopes to get a gymnastics scholarship in the future. Abby likes to volunteer at the gym. At school, on her one full day, she has volunteered with the Active Noon Hour program with Grade 3’s. Abby enjoys participating in track and field in her spare time. Her classroom teacher praises Abby’s ability to exceed in school and gymnastics

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In her spare time, Hanna has volunteered at the SPCA and completed her Red Cross Swim Kids Level 10. Currently, Hanna has her brown belt in taekwondo and is working towards her black belt. When Hanna is not in school, she enjoys gymnastics, art, gardening, baking, bike riding and hiking with her family, as well as taking her dog for walks.

by being demonstrating excellent selfresponsibility and dedication.

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Congratulations

...to all our amazing students in the Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows School District, some of whom are in this publication. We thank you for all your hard work, your joy and your passion. You make us shine! Thank you also to all our dedicated teachers and staff. The success of our students is a testament to your passion and commitment!


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Mireya Myers

Jada Southall

Davie Jones elementary

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Mireya Myers is a Grade 7 student at Davie Jones elementary. She is known around the school for her kind nature and willingness to help others. This year, in particular, Mireya has been dedicated to reading with a little buddy almost every day, and takes the time to make connections with her little buddies before she helps them learn. She is a helpful hand in the classroom, always making sure tasks are done and homework is completed. Mireya is a wonderful addition to both

the classroom and school community, encouraging everyone to be their own, unique self. Mireya is a leader in our school, and we are sure she will also be a leader of tomorrow.

Nethkini Liyanage Davie Jones elementary

Nethkini Liyanage’s greatest attribute is that she embodies kindness. She is able to work with any student in the school and is helpful and generous with her time. Nethkini monitors primary classrooms and helps in the office during our lunch hours. When there are new students in our school, she goes out of her way to be welcoming and friendly.  Nethkini is a polite, hardworking, thoughtful and reflective student. She is a

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At school, Jada Southall is a natural leader by example, and is admired and respected by adults, peers, and younger students. She is gentle, kind, respectful, accepting and inclusive of all, and embraces the true essence of our school culture. She eagerly volunteers in our school community, including monitoring younger students, assisting in the office, being a big buddy, being primary reading buddy, and babysitting for PAC events (just to name a few). Jada has been an integral member of the Student Global Citizen Community for two years, attending We Day and helping to organize several fundraisers throughout the year. Jada is a very talented athlete and innately leads by example when it comes to

teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play. Academically, Jada strives for excellence and always makes a concerted effort. She balances her academic demands with her busy extra-curricular endeavors whether it be sports, volunteering or helping out in her community. These attributes, and numerous others, make her an excellent Leader of Tomorrow.

“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.” dream to teach. We are very lucky to have Nethkini in our school and community.

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Daniel Kalinich

Edith McDermott elementary Daniel Kalinich demonstrates leadership in everything that he undertakes at school and in the community. He has been involved as a leader in all of the competitive athletic activities at Edith McDermott elementary, ensuring the inclusion of all and setting a positive tone for all teams. His leadership also shows in his willingness to offer help for any school activities, and in his reputation as a dependable responsible student. Participating in Set Up Crew, buddy classes, or just helping out around the school, Dan is always the first to step up and always

sees the jobs through. He is dependable, reliable and inclusive, and is a fine example of a leader of today and tomorrow.

Jaida Ellis

Edith McDermott elementary Jaida Ellis is a great choice for Leader of Tomorrow from Edith McDermott elementary. She is very involved in school events as a go-to member of our Global Citizens leadership group, which organizes fundraisers and spirit days. She is also very helpful in and around both the class and the school, and is always inclusive and kind.  Jaida is a member of the district student advisory council and brings ideas back from meetings to our school.  She is a great role model – especially for her Kindergarten buddy and for the class she monitors at lunch time.  Jaida also deserves recognition for the extra time she volunteers to help in the school office and for her work to decorate

our school. In the community, Jaida is heavily involved in hockey and helps grow the sport by volunteering to give others a chance to play. She also supports organizations like the SPCA and children’s hospitals through donations.

Finnley Belsey

École Eric Langton elementary Finnley Belsey is a Grade 7 French Immersion student at École Eric Langton elementary. She is a dynamic citizen and an amazing leader at our school. She has experienced academic success in all subject areas and she works hard to set and achieve her goals. Finley makes many worthwhile contributions to the school community: she is an excellent role model for Grade 6 students; a Lunch Monitor in a Grade 1/2 class; and a great big buddy for a student in Kindergarten. She demonstrates excellent leadership skills in her own class, as well. Finley is a member of DSAC and is actively involved in all school-wide events. Recently, she played the role of Banzai (a hyena) in the school’s musical production of The Lion King Jr. Big or small, Finnley doesn’t mind helping out with anything; she was backstage manager at our Christmas concert and said she would like to do it again. Finnley likes being in charge and is ready for any challenge that comes her way. Her

passion is to help others in need and she enjoys playing sports, including softball and basketball. This year, she enjoyed being part of our school basketball team. Finnley is excited to go to high school to continue to pursue her passions by joining clubs and the basketball team. Finnley is respected as a difference maker with an infectious smile. Given her leadership strengths and her optimistic outlook, we know she will continue to do amazing things in the community. Finnley is undoubtedly a Leader of Tomorrow.


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James Murdoch

Olivia Torgerson

James Murdoch is a Grade 7 student at École Eric Langton elementary. James is kind towards others and is readily available to help wherever needed. He is a terrific leader and helper in the classroom and is part of our school community’s DSAC program. James has worked very hard over the past three years to emerge as a fair and respectful problem solver in the classroom and as an individual who initiates and leads class meetings. As a member of DSAC, James has learned to set up the sound system for assemblies and events, he has taken the initiative to facilitate meetings, and he has emceed more than one event in front of the school.

During the 2017/18 school year, Olivia Torgerson was a Grade 7 student at Fairview elementary. Olivia always has a smile on her face and an unfailing positive attitude, contagious to everyone around her. Olivia is a wonderful role model with an incredibly kind heart. She has a strong presence throughout the classroom and our school. In class, she will work with, sit with, or help any of her classmates while making them feel comfortable and more willing to participate. She actively looks for ways she can lend a helping hand and is always the first to volunteer for anything that is needed. Once a week, Olivia helps set up the computers in the computer lab for one of our Kindergarten classes. She is also an office monitor and Kindergarten lunch monitor, and does morning announcements. Being an athlete, Olivia has been a part of our school volleyball, basketball, and track and field teams. She demonstrates strong leadership qualities and encourages her teammates to do their best. Olivia is also an integral part of our school’s leadership group, with which she has

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James’ positive transformation into an outgoing leader over the past three years makes him a terrific role model for other children in the school and a fantastic choice as a Leader of Tomorrow.

“When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.” Dalai Lama

helped with school assemblies, spirit days, a bake sale, Walk for Water, and packing the backpacks for the Starfish Pack Program in our district. Outside of school, Olivia is an active participant of her soccer team and has volunteered serving food with the Salvation Army. She enjoys spending time with friends and family and dreams of one day owning a pet pig.

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Lily Currie

Rowan Danton

During the 2017/18 school year, Lily Currie was a Grade 7 student at Fairview elementary. Lily is an active participant throughout the school and her natural leadership qualities allow her to be counted on for anything. Lily is a thoughtful, reliable, caring, and helpful person. For years, Lily has volunteered her time for office monitoring, primary lunch monitoring, and morning announcements. As a member of the leadership group, Lily has been involved in organizing many activities, such as Walk for Water, spirit days, assemblies and a bake sale. She has also helped prepare the backpacks for the Starfish Pack Program in our district. As Lily cares immensely about our school and the people in it, she is currently creating a mural for each of the change rooms in our gym so students have a positive message they can see every time they go in there. Lily is also very involved in the volleyball, basketball, and track and field teams. While she is very competitive, she is also a very cooperative and respectful team player

Rowan Danton is an ambitious Grade 10 student with exceptional grades. She has extensive leadership and volunteer experience and has demonstrated the ability to work as a team member or in leadership capacity. She has proven to be dependable, flexible, and goal oriented. Rowan is an energetic and positive student who is always smiling and enjoying whatever task or activity she is undertaking. Academically, Rowan is currently taking all honors courses in preparation for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program (DP), which begins in her Grade 11 year. She has attained a perfect 4.0 GPA certificate between 2015-2018 and received many academic and leadership awards. Rowan is actively involved in many clubs and activities. In some cases, she is a participant and in others she is in a leadership role. She is a member of the Garibaldi Student Government and has attended the YES Camp to develop her Leadership Training in

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whom works well with anyone she plays with. Outside of school, Lily is an active member of our community. She belongs to a track and field club, participates in aerial silks, and attends German school, where she recently passed a test which put her at the equivalent of Grade 11 German. Throughout the year, Lily volunteers with the Salvation Army, where she has helped serve food and was a bell ringer during the holiday season.

Cooperative Values. She is the media manager/photographer for Rebels for a Cause at Garibaldi secondary, a club that fundraises and promotes events to raise money to help Garibaldi families in need, local food shelters, and children in Ecuador. Rowan attended the Mini Med School Attendee at B.C. Children’s Hospital in November 2017 and also plays in the Vancouver ultimate frisbee league. Rowan is a true Leader of Tomorrow.

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LEADERS of TOMORROW Julian Bodner Garibaldi secondary

Julian Bodner, in Grade 10 at Garibaldi secondary, is an experienced student leader who inspires his peers. He is active in leadership roles, athletics and music while maintaining excellent grades. During his three years at Garibaldi secondary, he has repeatedly demonstrated effective communication and leadership skills. As evidenced by his success as a student, judo athlete and musician, Julian enjoys and is experienced at working under the direction of instructors and teachers. Most importantly, Julian is a student of integrity and character who not only has high academic marks, but also received straight Gs (good) for work habit from his teachers, demonstrating that he is a responsible and contributing member of his classes and the school. Academically, Julian is currently enrolled in all honors courses, including Grade 11 physics, despite being in only Grade 10. Julian is taking all honors courses in preparation for the International Baccalaureate diploma program, which begins in his Grade 11 year. Julian is involved in many clubs and

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activities. He is a student aide who works with Grade 8 students supporting their learning and has accumulated 50-plus hours of community service hours helping youth working to improve their musical skills. Julian has a love for travelling as well as a wide range of interests from politics to sports to coding. He is an accomplished musician and athlete and has basic first aid. Julian is a true Leader of Tomorrow.

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We have been very blessed over the past 18 years with a tremendous group of graduation students visiting our flower garden for that special corsage or boutonniere to match their outfits. To honour the many young people of our world we encourage all our readers to stop by anytime during the month of June to receive a Rainbow rose to pass on to a young person in their life, to remind them what a very special part of our community they are. A special congratulations to all this year’s graduating students, and remembering all those who have graduated over the past few years, and those preparing for graduation in 2019.

Nola Dyck does a lot within and outside our school community. She participates in DSAC, leadership team; she helps with all Me to We fundraisers, and is in Pathfinders. Nola volunteers to help with guide camps, is a patrol leader, and is very helpful in class. Nola role models social and personal responsibility, and is invaluable in our morning announcements and office monitoring. Nola is dependable, has great manners, is friendly, approachable, and has an awesome sense of humour.

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Farzan Ghorbani is an exceptional example of what Glenwood elementary strives to achieve every day as a community. He is an extremely mature student for his age, is respectful of all people at Glenwood and has fostered wonderful relationships with his peers, adults, and little buddies. He arrives at school each day with a positive attitude and is always willing to help as we have seen daily in our lunch program. He helps clean up after lunch club, not because he is asked to help, but because he wants to help. Showing this pride in his school community is a very special quality that Farzan has and he quietly leads by setting a positive example. He has excellent manners and helps to set such a positive example for all students in our school community. Farzan works hard on all of his classwork,

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Vicky Xynis

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Vicky Xynis is an amazing school leader at Golden Ears. She is very skilled at helping the younger students solve problems and do their best. Vicky has a very kind manner and is someone other students find easy to talk with. She is flexible, respectful, and always willing to take the lead. Vicky loves to dance and has been in many sports teams and clubs both at Golden Ears and in the community. She is always striving to do her best and has made a true difference in the lives of many

Megan Ollenberger is an outstanding student leader at Golden Ears elementary. She greets everyone with a smile and is always willing to help others. Megan is a terrific role model for the school’s younger students and has spent many hours helping them as both a Kindergarten monitor and playground leader. She is an important part of the school’s fine arts program both as a performer, assembly leader, and as part of the technology club. Outside of school, Megan enjoys playing

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other students at Golden Ears. She is an outstanding role model.

Hannah Salchert

Kiyora Nagai-Woods

Hannah Salchert is a Grade 7 student at Hammond elementary. Hannah is involved in all areas of school: student leadership, athletics, and academics. She was a key member of both the school’s volleyball, basketball, and ultimate teams. Not only did she play at a high level, she is a great team player. Her peers feel she is always easy to talk to; she’s kind; and in class she works well with everyone. She is on the Grade 7 leadership Me to We team, is a buddy to many younger students, helps primary teachers with cooking and technology, and has been a primary class

Kiyora Nagai-Woods is a Grade 7 student at Hammond elementary. Behind the scenes, Kiyora is a quiet leader. Her peers report that she is a very nice person to be around. They respect her for never involving herself in relationship dramas and for being kind and respectful to all. She is in the Grade 7 leadership Me to We team. She is a valuable buddy to many younger students and has been a leader with the introduction of cooking in primary classes. She has been an office monitor and primary class lunch monitor. Kiyora participated in cross country and track and field and she

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soccer. Megan has a wonderfully kind heart and has made a difference in the lives of many at Golden Ears. She is an amazing leader.

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lunch time monitor. Outside of school, Hannah is very active as a junior Olympic gymnast. She enjoys hiking, playing tennis, and playing basketball with her brother and cousins. She is looking forward to attending Westview secondary.

enjoyed the challenge. Outside of school, Kiyora enjoys writing stories, drawing, and playing guitar. Next year, Kiyora is looking forward to attending Westview secondary.

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Spencer Nakamura

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Spencer Nakamura is an exceptional leader at Harry Hooge elementary. He is keenly interested in social justice and international humanitarian efforts, and has been an integral part of the school’s leadership club, The Knights 4 Change.  Spencer has spearheaded a number of initiatives over the past two years, including a battery collection program that ensures that zinc gets properly recycled (and that equivalent amounts of zinc are donated to countries where their youth don’t get enough zinc in their diet), and a campaign to feed the homeless at Anita Place here in Maple Ridge.  In class, Spencer demonstrates compassion and a mature sense of fairness – often

Matthew Shanley, in Grade 6, is one of our Leaders of Tomorrow at Harry Hooge elementary for the 2017-18 school year because he is recognized by staff and teachers as a natural leader. He often looks for ways to include other students both in the classroom and around the school. His commitment to school teams is evident in his involvement in many activities. Matthew is on our District Student Voice team and jumps at opportunities to have his voice heard. He is a team player, a vital member of our school leadership group, has given tours of our school, has been a lunch time monitor, and can be relied on to represent our school at any given moment. Matthew is a great athlete and an integral

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foregoing opportunities so that others can be given a chance to experience them. Constantly inquisitive, kind, and hardworking, Spencer is definitely a Leader of Tomorrow.

Alexis Cutler Highland Park elementary Alexis Cutler is a leader at Highland Park elementary because she is always willing to help out anyone in the school at any time. She has done jobs for the school instead of going outside to play at recess and lunch. Also, Alexis participates in Letter Buddies three times a week helping primary students. Alexis was a part of the school energy team facilitating energy saving ideas, tracking

classes progress and how they save energy each day, doing spot checks, and assembly presentations. This year Alexis also was in charge of a battery collection program to help get zinc to be sent to third-world countries where children aren’t getting enough zinc in their diets. Alexis continuously stands up for what she believes in and she is always ready for any challenge.

part of both our basketball and track teams, both as a player and a leader. Matthew has high ambitions for his future in athletics. Matthew is a key member of our community at Harry Hooge. He often shows us what understanding and inclusion are.

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Emily Van Gogh

Zahra Squalli Houssaini

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Emily Van Gogh is a Grade 7 student at James Cameron School who has inspired her schoolmates with her commitment to fundraising and compassion for those in need. This year, she motivated her classmates to make their charity drive a fundraiser for the non-profit organization, Ruben’s Shoes. She led the organization of the event, inspiring everyone in her class and school to come on board and give generously to the cause. The donations were in the form of gentlyworn shoes or new ones brought to school, packaged and then sent to the non-profit, which works to give children basic necessities such as shoes so they can go to school. Her commitment to making posters, talking to classes and sustaining everyone’s interest made the drive a big success. Emily has also been the first to sign up for every fundraiser her class was involved in

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this year, whether it was to raise funds for camp, the Terry Fox Run or her class sharing and caring lunch – her spirit of giving and stepping up for the task makes her the kind of leader who inspires others to get involved and make the world a better place. We are so proud of her and know that she will take this spirit of generosity with her as she graduates from James Cameron School this year. May you go on to make a difference in many lives Emily – we know you will.

Zahra Squalli Houssaini, in Grade 7, is an exemplary young woman. As a student, she always goes above and beyond on all assignments and exceeds expectations across subjects. Representing Kanaka Creek at the district speaking finals over four consecutive years, Zahra has a natural talent for researching, speaking, and capturing the attention of her audience. In developing a persuasive and confident voice, her selection of topics is always thought-provoking and challenging for listening ears.   She was described by her teacher as being “undeniably one of the best public speakers I have seen for her age.”   As a leader, Zahra is quick to volunteer for numerous school and community opportunities, often bringing along a group

of friends. She is a very active member of the Me to We group. In addition, she is a leader in the community. Not only is Zahra actively involved at school, but she also was recently chosen to have one of the lead parts in Mary Poppins. Zahra always puts her best foot forward in everything she does.

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Kanaka Creek elementary Vivian Mah, in Grade 6, is described by her teacher as a young person who “is very kind and inclusive to everyone.” Vivian provides leadership through her character and action. Having a sincere ethical standard of helping others, she is often seen coming to the aid of those in need and enthusiastically participated in the Me to We group. As part of this group, Vivian also helped to create Kanaka’s first Santa Land photo fundraiser, with monies raised going to a sponsored We village in Africa. Outside of school, Vivian practices jazz dance and plays rugby on the Ridge Meadows Bruins. Vivian tries her best at everything she does, and in working with the Kanaka Green Team she provided good ideas and follow through. The Green Team was important to Kanaka students because, as Vivian pointed out, “It teaches kids they can’t use all the electricity; it’s not endless.”  In part, her drive to make a change along with classmates earned them first place in the School District No. 42 Energy Challenge.  Vivian has a natural ability to teach others and desires to share knowledge. Whether

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amongst students in her class or in front of a larger audience, she has good insight and isn’t afraid to state her opinion or stand up for what’s right. Drawing from her heritage, Vivian made personal connections in researching and presenting her speech on Chinese Head Tax.  The topic was important as she not only wanted to learn more about her family’s story, but also to share with others important parts of Canadian history, such as when the Chinese were banned from moving to Canada.  “I want other people to know about what happened in Canada.”   As a developing leader, she clearly has a sense of purpose and a respect for history.

Peyton Dick is a Grade 7 student at Laity View elementary and has attended here since Kindergarten. She has been a member of both the school leadership team and the school district Student Voice groups for the past two years. In addition, Peyton participated in We Day 2017. Other school activities include being a lunch hour monitor for two years, as well as acting as a big buddy to many younger students for the past three years. One of Peyton’s many strengths is her ability to see and help friends in need. She is always willing to volunteer as a peer leader. A well-rounded athlete, Peyton played basketball this year and was a member of the school track team last year (and likely this year, too). This year, she had the opportunity to travel to Québec on the school exchange program. A highlight for her was the snowshoeing and skiing activities. She is very much looking forward to the return of her exchange buddy later in June. Outside of school, Peyton has been active since Kindergarten in Showstoppers and has appeared in many shows, her favourite of which is The Lion King. She has played ringette for the past six years and has helped some of the younger players during practice times. When she’s

older, Peyton plans on coaching and reffing for ringette. Next year, Peyton will be attending Maple Ridge secondary. She is looking forward to many things – the sign language club, track and field, school leadership and Student Voice, choir and photography club, among others. After high school, Peyton plans on attending either college or university and hopes to study education, as she wants to be an elementary or middle school teacher. Her other plans include travel, as she would love to visit India, as well as family in Australia.

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Bridget Langmead

Kevin Chai

Bridget Langmead is a Grade 7 French Immersion student at Laity View elementary and has attended here since Kindergarten. She has been participating in student leadership for the past two years and is involved in the district Student Voice group this year. Along with other students, she attended We Day 2016. At school, Bridget has been a student lunch hour monitor since Grade 5 and has been a big buddy to many younger students since Grade 4. Along with a couple of her friends, Bridget leads a group of younger students in a Dance Team lunch hour program in our gym every week. Her heart is with animals who need help. Last year, Bridget organized a school-wide cupcake sale to benefit the Maple Ridge SPCA and raised $416 for the cause. This year, she is donating the proceeds of her sales at the Entrepreneur Fair to the SPCA, as well. In the community, Bridget is very involved in softball. This year, she took an umpiring clinic and is now umpiring games for younger players. In addition to sports, Bridget participates in the school choir, the band program, dance

In September 2015, Kevin Chai entered the International Education Program at Maple Ridge Christian School for Grade 10. Over the past three years, he has had a profound impact on his classmates and in the high school. Kevin is a leader who is motivated by inclusion. In his role as the student council president, Kevin makes it his mission to create opportunities for all of the grades to work together. With his strong and positive leadership qualities, he fosters a culture of community where every student in the high school feels like they belong. Language and social barriers are often experienced by international students, but Kevin has overcome them. In fact, he has achieved top marks in all of his courses this year and he has been accepted into his university of choice with a president’s scholarship. He is also a gifted athlete, public speaker, and he challenges himself to express himself in course projects like writing songs and making music videos.

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(ballet and Irish dancing) and is a preferred babysitter for many families. Next year, Bridget will be attending Maple Ridge secondary to continue her studies is French. She is looking forward to remaining involved with Student Voice and the leadership program there. She’s planning on participating in both the band and choir programs as well. Looking forward, Bridget hopes to centre her career around animals, though she’s not totally sure of the path she’ll take.

Kevin is a respected individual in our graduation class who inspires those around him. He will be missed at MRCS, but we are confident that he will make a positive impact in his future endeavours.

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Maple Ridge elementary Trevor Belson is a Leader of Tomorrow because he goes out of his way to help others in the Maple Ridge elementary school community. He is involved in our Global Citizenship group, where he helps plan fundraisers and awareness campaigns for homelessness and hunger in Maple Ridge, and for health care, education and clean water around the world. Trevor volunteers his time to monitor Kindergarten classes during recess and lunch and reads with Kindergarten buddies at the end of each school day. His school assignments are always creative and go well above and beyond what is expected of him. He is also a kind and respectful classmate who serves as a great

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role model for others. In addition to all this, Trevor has also played trumpet for the past two years in junior band at Westview secondary. We are lucky to have Trevor at our school and are excited to see the amazing things he accomplishes in the future.

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Lucas Holbrook is a student who problem solves without prompting. He is curious, motivated, respectful and has a great sense of humour. He also always looks at both sides of an issue and has a strong sense of fairness and justice. Reliable, responsible, empathetic and wellliked, Lucas is observant and is the kind of student who takes the initiative to help without waiting to be asked. He is enthusiastic about learning, takes part in all discussions, and his questions are always enlightening and demonstrate his thirst for learning. Lucas has taken on many leadership roles

in school from participating on a variety of sports teams, to playing the lead roles in several musicals, to helping many of our primary students. He’s able to accomplish all this while still achieving high academic results.

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Bronte Elphick-Miner is one of those few leaders who is absolutely well rounded. She is multi-talented and willing to try almost anything that leads to improving herself and her community. A true role model, Bronte leads those around her on an optimistic path towards change. As Bronte actively pursues knowledge, she is also a top athlete in soccer and track. She competes with great determination and skill, and as a result has been asked to be a part of Abbotsford’s senior select team, and to compete (even in the U.S.) in the 100-metre hurdles. As a junior journalist for the Maple RidgePitt Meadows News, Bronte encourages readers to ask key questions as she provides another perspective on numerous issues affecting the community. She has resolutely committed to this work for over two years, staying open to positive and negative feedback, and has also led MRSS’s Toastmasters Club.

Bronte’s creativity and entrepreneurship are rooted in the arts, and particularly come to life when she is sitting at a sewing machine and creating a piece of her own design, or at a pottery wheel with clay spinning in her hands. Although she wears many of her own creations (including her graduation dress), she also sells her products or gives them away as gifts. With offers from multiple universities across Canada, Bronte is already putting her many talents to work to shape the future and improve this world. Bronte always finishes what she starts, and with an unforgettable style and flair.


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Eugenia Khramtsova

Kate Janicijevic

If you are ever able to overhear Eugenia Khramtsova’s explanation that quantum theory is “kind of like a beautiful puzzle,” and that it puts everyone at a level playing field “because we all know well-near nothing,” you will have a glimpse into the nature of this brilliant and passionate young lady. She dedicates her time to creating meaningful situations for herself and those around her, and has mastered the coveted skill of creative and collaborative problem solving. Communication skills are Eugenia’s forte, and she has relied on these skills in the past to help other students achieve their goals. Eugenia has also drawn on her love of writing and public speaking to create several publishable stories. Eugenia has a genuinely beautiful character. She is ambitious and willing to take risks, and she moves forward with optimism, resilience, and an ability to laugh at herself. She applies herself in her academic career and strives to set an example for her peers. As a competitive dancer, Eugenia worked with two crews for about 13.5 hours a week. This was an amazing

Kate Janicijevic is an outgoing, helpful and thoughtful student who is always thinking about others. At school, she is the first to volunteer to help with younger students, whether it is learning to read, offering to lunch monitor, helping in PE classes or just being there for someone in need.  Kate is a positive role model and is always keen to do her best. Outside of school, Kate delivers newspapers and has completed her babysitting course. She has a huge interest in protecting animals and wants to be a marine biologist when she grows up so that she can help to

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accomplishment, especially given the fact that Eugenia feels rather than hears the music. Eugenia’s hearing loss has inspired her to work even harder – both in school and outside of it. Last year, she began MRSS’s Sign Language Club to lead others on the journey to find the power of a silent voice. Eugenia’s initiative to lead her club towards understanding and embracing the world of hearing-impaired individuals is invaluable. Eugenia’s gracious character has led multiple people to find a niche, to connect themselves, and to feel empowered. She has been a leader for years and will no doubt continue leading into the future.

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Pitt Meadows elementary Ella and Emma Masters are optimistic, hard working and considerate, and yet incredibly modest about their contributions to others. They have been valuable members of the student leadership group for the past two years. They helped raise money for a school in India, and were instrumental in collecting warm clothing and blankets for the Salvation Army. They helped with the Friends in Need Food Bank, Pink Shirt Day, Jersey Day, as well as raising money for the Christmas Hamper Society.   Ella and Emma are both very athletic and participate actively in soccer and track and field and often help to sell food and clean up at sports events.  In the future, Ella and Emma would like to help out in shelters for abused women and children. They are generous, kind and

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Drew Andre, in Grade 11, is a very good example of how leaders act and how leaders get involved in their community. Most know Drew as a top lacrosse player. He has played this very Canadian sport for more than 10 years, and has received many accolades in a relatively short period of time. He was a member of Team B.C. for box and field lacrosse in the under-16 category, and is also a member of box lacrosse for Team Canada (under-17). This summer, Drew will participate in a huge junior championship in Ontario, where he will be one of the youngest players. He has been approached by American universities, and hopes to one day get a scholarship to pursue his passion and perhaps become a professional lacrosse player. He is one step closer to realizing his dream after writing his SAT in early May. Drew is a good student who loves many subjects, including physics and math. He is always willing to lend a hand, gets involved at his school, and is a very positive influence on many younger students. Drew is an optimist and understands his role as an older student at PMSS. He will soon become a Link Leader and incoming

Grade 8’s will undoubtedly benefit from his friendly demeanour and willingness to help others. Drew is a true altruist. Finally, Drew is also an important member of the Vancouver Canucks Autism network. In that role, he helps in any way he can, and coaches young autistic kids in a variety of sports. He really believes that giving back helps all of us in the long run. He is a hard worker who plans to become an entrepreneur. Besides his many accomplishments, Drew will always be remembered for his infectious smile, friendly demeanour, and positive impact on the community.

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” Anthony J. D’Angelo


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Mackenzie Kyle

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Mackenzie Kyle is a French immersion graduate of the PMSS class of 2018. A former Pitt Meadows elementary student, Mackenzie aspires to become a teacher upon completion of her studies at Douglas College and SFU. Mackenzie knew this career was for her at a very young age as she has always loved taking care of young children. She has also had a stellar five-year stay at Pitt Meadows Secondary and leaves the school having had a major impact on the culture and climate of our school community. Mackenzie has spent countless hours volunteering both within her school and the community of Pitt Meadows. Whether she is assisting with bingo night at the Wesbrook Seniors’ Centre, teaching immersion Kindergarten students at PME to read and write in our official second language, or getting involved in the many community activities connected to the Pitt Meadows fire department, Mackenzie’s dedication to helping others is truly amazing. Over her high school years, Mackenzie has developed a passion for firefighting (it runs in the family) and she was honoured to have been asked to attend Camp Ignite, a

We are very proud to call David Buzza an SRT Titan. David is an excellent student and a strong leader at SRT. Academically, David is one of the top overall graduating students at the school in 2017-18 and is in competition for the Governor General’s Bronze Medallion (awarded to the top academic graduating student). David was the overall Top Academic Grade 11 student, he has been a straight-A student (Top Titan) for every report card since starting at SRT in Grade 8, and he has won a number of awards, including a top finish for the SFU Math Award. David has also been offered a $27,000 entrance scholarship to UBC for September. David is an outstanding athlete. He was the starting point guard for the senior boys’ basketball team, captain of the soccer team and has been our Athlete of Month several times.   Somehow, David finds time, as an Aboriginal Team Leader, to volunteer his time tutoring students and supporting games and tournaments.   One of David’s many goals is to “educate our student body on past and present

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young woman’s firefighting program. Moreover, during her Grade 12 year she enrolled in the PMFD’s youth academy and progressed through this program with flying colours. Perhaps Mackenzie’s overwhelming generosity is best exemplified by her receiving a $150 grant from the RBC ‘Make 150 Count’ initiative and immediately turning around and using these funds to purchase toiletries and other necessities for individuals connected to the Maple Ridge homeless shelter. While PMSS will miss Mackenzie, we hope to see her in the district’s teaching ranks in the years ahead.

aboriginal culture and to assist any struggling aboriginal students in our school.” In the community, David has volunteered in summer camps and his church’s pre-teen youth group, as well as collecting thousand pounds of clothing for donation. David has managed all of this while playing for the Fraser Valley Premier Soccer Club and maintained a straight-A average for the last five years. We look forward to watching David’s career. Go, Titans.

Congratulations Garibaldi Secondary School Grads 2018 Ayling, Sky Bai, Vicky Bailey Madison Baker, Jackson Baxter, Liam Beadell, MacKenzie Beadell, Morgan Bonifacio, Jeremy Bourguignon, Megan Brindley, May Butterworth, Paul Carich, Adam Chen, Alex Chen, Eric Cherkas, Kisha Cho, Chloe Choi, Kristine Cooper, Drake Coops, Meghan

Czech, Nathanael Davis, Nathan Demmitt, Brennen Dias Linan, Martin Dimitrijevic, Jamie Doss, Kiara Dowall, Katrina Dunn, Ryan Espinosa Diaz, Maria Estrada, Mcsheren Evans, Ashlin Fang, Raymond Fuller, Shay Georgescu, Stefan Gibson, Mariah Glaus, Becky Goes, Marlin Green, Ian Harman, Jarrod Hassan, Leila Heppner, Elden Her, Stephanie

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Katherine Still

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Katherine Still is a quiet leader who prefers to lead by example. She has a strong work ethic and is always happy to help out wherever she is needed. Academically, Katherine received SRT’s Excellence in Physical Education, Spanish and Social Studies in Grade 9.   She received the Award of Excellence in Earth Science in Grade 11 and she was our Top Spanish 12 student.   Katherine has maintained a straight-A average for every report card since Grade 8 and in 2017-18 she will receive SRT’s Gold Pin awarded to graduating students who have maintained a straight-A average for all five years of secondary school.   When Katherine is not helping out somewhere in the school, she is playing on the school’s basketball, soccer and volleyball teams.   Katherine has collected 600 points in athletics over the last four years and will be recognized at graduation for her athletic achievements.  

Reaunna Barnett is a remarkable Grade 9 student at Thomas Haney secondary. On most school days, Reaunna can be found before school starts holding the front door open for staff and students. She greets many of the people by name and provides verbal encouragement to have a great day. She is admired by her whole school community for such a positive contribution to the school. As well, Reaunna is an important member of the THSS recycling team, assisting in environmental efforts at the school as well as at the Ridge Meadows Home Show. Reaunna also volunteers in the THSS school store and assists students who need additional learning support. Her positive attitude is infectious and she makes THSS a better place every day.

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Katherine is also active in the community. She volunteers at the Britannia Mining Museum and at B.C. Children’s Hospital. Katherine will pursue a post-secondary degree in science, with a major in geology. She has been offered a $27,000 entrance scholarship to SFU.

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

“If you want to change the world … pick up your pen and write.”

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Aidan Serra

“Nothing will work unless you do.”

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Aidan Serra is a Grade 10 student at Thomas Haney secondary who looks for challenges and is experiencing great success. Aidan’s community involvement is mainly in his sports connections. As captain of both of the ball hockey teams he plays on, Aidan plays a pivotal role in the Thomas Haney ball hockey program ensuring it runs smoothly. As captain, Aidan is in constant contact and communication with both the program head and the managers, and also fields all of the players’ questions, comments, or concerns surrounding ball hockey. Aidan is a natural born leader, with many of his contributions occurring off the floor. This year, Aidan helped fundraise over

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Maya Angelou $1,200 for the “Humboldt Strong” movement. In the next year, Aidan will run the Thomas Haney ball hockey program. Aidan is an excellent example of a young athlete giving back to his sport, school, and community.

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Webster’s Corners is excited about a new leadership program which brings two schools together with the goal of developing some amazing Leaders of Tomorrow. Webster’s Corners elementary, along with Thomas Haney secondary have taken leadership to a whole new level. Senior leadership students from THSS are inspiring our younger youth at Webster’s to become leaders themselves. At Webster’s Corners, we’ve developed a school-wide social emotional learning program called PEAK, which strives to help all of our elementary students become Passionate, Engaged, Active and Kind global citizens. This year has seen senior high school leadership students from THSS work with Webster’s Grade 4 and 5 students who would like to volunteer to become PEAK leaders. The high school students guide our intermediate students to become positive role models in our community. Throughout the school year, several Thomas Haney leadership students came to Webster’s Corners to mentor our volunteer PEAK Leaders. They helped the younger

students to develop their own ideas and lead their own initiatives. Through this process, the Peak Leaders decided to organize lunch time games and activities for the younger (Kindergarten – Grade 3) students. Turning the idea into action took initiative, commitment and passion from our PEAK leaders. Our students took on the challenge to create engaging lunch time activities which all of our primary students (about 100 children) could enjoy. They held many planning sessions during their own lunch and recess breaks to discuss what activities they should organize, who would run each one, and where the activities would be held. And now, once each week at Webster’s, we are fortunate to have student organized noon-hour activities such as friendship art, board games, tag, and soccer for all of our primary students to enjoy. The PEAK leaders do an impressive job of running the activities themselves and the primary students appreciate participating in the fun. Our volunteer PEAK leaders have worked hard, alongside the THSS Leadership students and, together, they have all become Leaders of Tomorrow.

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Ethan Raymond

Curtis Cunningham

Webster’s Corners elementary is happy to introduce Ethan Raymond for this year’s edition of the Leaders of Tomorrow. Ethan is a kind and caring individual who is always ready to help. He volunteers wherever he can at Webster’s Corners and is helpful, both in his classroom and at the school level. In his own class, Ethan always volunteers to help with classroom projects, or else he aids and encourages individual classmates when they need help. For his own work, Ethan always tries his best and he perseveres, even when challenging situations arise. Ethan is a strong student and a solid citizen of Webster’s, It’s a pleasure to be in the company of this upstanding individual. At Webster’s Corners, Ethan can often be seen around the school, helping out in a variety of ways such as being an office monitor or a lunch monitor. He tends to go above and beyond in fulfilling his helpful roles. For example, as a lunch monitor, he made treats to give to his monitoring class in order to make them feel special and to reward them for their good behaviour. Beyond his noon-hour volunteer activities,

Curtis Cunningham is a Grade 7 student at Yennadon elementary. In his time at Yennadon, Curtis has shown himself to be an excellent citizen in both his classroom and throughout the school. Regardless of whether he is participating in classroom activities, playing school sports, or helping around the school, Curtis is an excellent role model to both his peers and younger students. Curtis exhibits excellent leadership qualities in his Grade 6/7 class. He consistently helps others without being directed to do so and, because he is enrolled in an accelerated math program, he peer tutors during math blocks. His work habits, attitude and determination have helped him set the standard for academic achievement in the classroom. Over the past two years, Curtis has participated in a variety of extra-curricular activities at Yennadon, and has been an integral member of the volleyball, track and field, and basketball teams. This year, his competitive basketball team competed in the district championship game. Outside of school, Curtis demonstrates leadership in the Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows athletic community. He plays at a competitive level in both ice hockey and baseball. Curtis is viewed by his coaches as dependable, positive and hard-working. He

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Ethan also enjoys joining other Webster’s volunteers at the Salvation Army, where he helps to serve lunch to needy people in our community. In addition to the many ways in which he contributes to the positive culture at Webster’s, Ethan is also active in community sports. He is involved in both lacrosse and hockey, where his leadership skills are further appreciated. He was captain of his hockey team this year and his good sportsmanship, honed on the ice rink, definitely spills over into our school. We, at Webster’s, are proud of Ethan and are grateful for all that he gives back to our school community.

Lily Ferguson Westview secondary

Lily Ferguson is a Grade 10 student at Westview secondary who excels in the school and the community. At Westview, Lily is a straight-A student who takes time to give back and help others. She is an active member of Westview’s Student Voice and she advocates for positive change. Lily plays Metro level soccer and competes on Team BC’s field lacrosse team. Lily also gives back in the community as the assistant coach for midget girls’ box lacrosse. 

is competitive, but treats his teammates, opponents and referees with respect. Curtis is not one to draw attention to himself as evidenced by his coach’s words: “Curtis is fine with taking on the less glamorous roles to support his teammates and to better the team.” Curtis is a quiet leader who helps others succeed. He has demonstrated leadership on and off the ice as an assistant captain for his team. His dedication, persistence and work ethic have been instrumental in his being selected to play on rep level teams in both hockey and baseball. While Curtis is a strong student and an exceptional athlete, he is most importantly an outstanding citizen. His friendly smile and desire to help others enriches the lives of students, staff, coaches and team mates. His drive, positive attitude and tireless work ethic will support him well as he transitions to Thomas Haney secondary in the fall.

Lauren Sullivan Yennadon elementary

Lily hopes to become a physiotherapist in the future. For these reasons, Westview secondary sees Lily as a Leader of Tomorrow.

Becca Fiscu

Whonnock elementary Becca Fiscu is most definitely a leader of tomorrow as she is already showing significant leadership qualities at school and in her community. Becca has a rare combination of genuine empathy, kindness, and positivity that helps her stand out amongst her peers. She gives back to our school as an office, library, and classroom lunch monitor. In each of these roles, she is always friendly and respectful, which helps put the students and adults she interacts with at ease very quickly. She has also played on our ultimate, basketball, and volleyball teams where her enthusiasm and leadership was most appreciated. Athletically, Becca’s abilities extend to the 800-metre event and shot put, and she hopes to represent our school at the district track meet. Becca is also one of our District Student

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Advisory Council members, representing our school and bringing the district voice back to us. In addition, Becca has volunteered within her community to help underprivileged people by preparing and delivering meals on weekends. As you can tell, Becca is a student on the go who has found a way to give back to her community while experiencing all that elementary school has to offer. We are all very proud of her.

Lauren Sullivan is an outstanding role model in Grade 7 at Yennadon elementary. Her enthusiasm and determination contributes to her leadership both in and out of the classroom. She is a good role model for peers as she leads by her example of being involved and helping others. Lauren has a fantastic work ethic and is intuitive about helping out others in need. She always goes above and beyond anything requested and is willing to speak up and participate in a variety of activities. She has been involved with Student Voice and buddies, and has also been involved with the Me to We organization for two years. Lauren is also very involved in sports. She participates in soccer and karate in the community, and also volunteers as a karate

instructor. Not only is she reliable and trustworthy, Lauren is also inclusive of others and very compassionate – she is a true Leader of Tomorrow. Though we are sad to see you go at the end of the 2017/18 school year, Lauren, we wish you all the best for your high school years. We know you will continue to be a great asset to any school you attend.

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