President's Scholars

2008-2009 Recipients

Evan Bell
Evan Bell
Orillia District Collegiate and Vocational Institute
Orillia, Ontario

Evan Bell has received a number of awards and honours for academics and athletics. Among his accomplishments, he was named Athlete of the Year three times, took top honours in the University of Waterloo math contest and earned the Principal’s Student Leadership Award at graduation.
He was a member of the swimming, track-and-field, basketball, volleyball, and badminton teams. He played for the Barrie Elites Volleyball Club, the Orillia Lakers Basketball Club and coached at the Thunderhoops Basketball Camp.
Evan also has an interest in the arts. An actor, vocalist and trumpet player in the senior concert and stage bands, he performed in school productions and had a role in the YTV movie “King of the Camp.” He served as head boy, received the Excellence in Education Award and organized an anti-smoking campaign at his school. In the community, he has worked for the Canadian Paraplegic Association, local food banks and the Ontario Special Olympics.

Lydia Frost
Lydia Frost
Sir James Dunn Academy
St. Andrews, New Brunswick

Lydia Frost grew up in rural New Brunswick, but has taken her academic, athletic and musical talents to the national and international stage.
When it comes to academics, Lydia was a peer tutor and has maintained a 97-per-cent average since Grade 7. Her high school English teacher writes that “her potential in academics is limitless.”
So is her energy. Lydia is a national-level athlete who in addition to mentoring younger athletes and being a certified Level 1 track-and-field official and “Run Throw Jump” coach, captured a bronze medal at the National Legion Track and Field competition in 2007.
Only a week before that competition, she performed in Beijing, China, playing bassoon with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra. The orchestra also performed at the opening gala for the 2007 East Coast Music Awards, where they took home the award for Best Classical Recording.

Nadine Frost
Nadine Frost
Sir James Dunn Academy
St. Andrews, New Brunswick

As a student leader and athlete, Nadine Frost has found success in the classroom, on the stage and on the playing field. She is one of Sir James Dunn Academy’s all-time top students. Her teachers cite her thoughtful approach to assignments and her strong comprehension of complex material as key to her academic success.
She served as a peer tutor, was a member of Teens Against Drinking and Driving, organized a 30 Hour Famine and served as props director for her school’s production of Hamlet.
An accomplished musician, Nadine has traveled with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra to Italy and China. As an athlete, she is ranked nationally as a top middle-distance runner. She represented the Atlantic region at the North American Track and Field Championships and is a registered track coach. In addition, Athletics New Brunswick selected her as one of its leading athlete ambassadors.

Kerith Gordon
Kerith Gordon
Citadel High School
Halifax, Nova Scotia

A proud Maritimer, Kerith Gordon discovered U of G while touring Ontario universities. “I can’t wait until this Gordon gets to walk down Gordon Street to get to her morning classes,” she wrote in her nomination package.
Kerith received the Nova Scotia schools Exemplary Participation Award and is a three-time recipient of honours with distinction whose academic background is balanced by success in athletics. As a member of Nova Scotia’s ringette team, she has competed at five Canadian championships and at the Canada Winter Games. She also competes in soccer, ice hockey, field hockey, cross-country, track and field, rowing and Highland dancing.
In addition to her competitive side, Kerith possesses a strong commitment to community service. She has led programming at the Adventure Earth Centre, knitted booties for premature babies at the IWK Children’s Hospital, mentored young ringette players and worked with a local church to aid the disadvantaged.

Paisley McLeod
Paisley MacLeod
John F. Ross Collegiate Vocational Institute
Guelph, Ontario

Paisley MacLeod has consistently impressed her teachers with her ability to take assignments in unexpected and refreshing directions.
Paisley is a musician, songwriter, fashion designer and filmmaker. She produced a CD titled Fancy Pants and Pseudo Hairstyles and a music video for the single “Mr. Fancy Pants.” As a member of her high school’s suicide prevention group, she produced and edited a video and helped to create a post-card campaign to raise awareness of teen suicide. She earned first place in the Skills Canada TV/video regional competition, and her films and videos have been screened at the Speak Up! National Student Film Festival and local film and music festivals.
In high school, Paisley was involved with the arts council, the Gay/Straight Alliance and the Ross Ambassadors. In the community, she volunteered at Rogers Television, the Ed Video Media Arts Centre, the Hillside Festival, the Guelph International Film Festival and the River Run Centre.

Nicole Markwick
Nicole Markwick
Iroquois Ridge High School
Oakville, Ontario

Making a difference in the lives of others is something Nicole Markwick takes seriously. To spread the message of youth involvement in social issues, she organized school conferences on youth culture, youth empowerment and HIV/AIDS. The events were well-received, and featured speakers included Stephen Lewis, former special UN envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. Earlier this year, Nicole became education co-ordinator for Oakville’s “Million or More” campaign, which aims to raise more than $1 million for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. As one of only two youth members on the steering committee, she works with the Halton District School Board, student trustees and other groups involved in the campaign. She has also carried the AIDS message to feeder schools and community groups.
To increase youth involvement, Nicole organized a student mentoring program for Grade 10 students. She was also part of the school’s student-staff learning team,  30 Hour Famine, student council, Relay for Life and a number of fundraising events.  

Lindsay Morris
Lindsay Morris
South Carleton High School
Richmond, Ontario

Lindsay Morris is passionate about community activism and social justice. As students’ council co-president and a student trustee with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, she successfully convinced her teachers, peers and community to support a two-year campaign for Free the Children.
The campaign raised $20,000 in eight months — double her initial goal — to build a school and help provide livestock and crops in a village in Sierra Leone. The school will continue to raise funds to supports Lindsay’s vision now that she’s at U of G.
In addition, she volunteered with an anti-tobacco group, Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving and the mayor’s organizing committee for a “Youth Against Hate” concert. She also organized her school’s 30 Hour Famine and Dollars for Darfur campaign, planned World AIDS Day celebrations and served as volunteer co-ordinator for an AIDS awareness concert that raised $5,000 for an orphanage in Tanzania. In 2006, Lindsay was named “Person of the Year” by the Manotick Messenger.

Isdin Oke
Isdin Oke
Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute
Guelph, Ontario

The secrets of science fascinate Isdin Oke, who is studying the emerging field of nanoscience at U of G. In 2005, he placed first in the Pascal math contest at his high school, and last year, won two gold medals at the Science Olympics. He took top spot at the 2008 Brain Bee, a national competition about the brain and neuroscience research sponsored by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Isdin also developed a project for the National Sanofi-Aventis BioTalent Challenge on the use of an enzyme to preserve the quality of snapdragon flowers. The project earned him gold at the Waterloo Wellington Science and Engineering Fair. He has competed at Reach for the Top regional matches, the National Biology Competition, the Avogadro chemistry contest and the OAPT physics contest.
In addition, Isdin was a member of his school’s student council and Latin club. He was a founding member of the Eta Pi School Enrichment Club, played soccer, badminton and cricket for Centennial and belonged to the chess club.
Outside of school, Isdin is a soccer referee and lifeguard. He works at the YM/YWCA as a water safety and swimming instructor for children with special needs.

Duncan Parviainen
Duncan Parviainen
Uxbridge Secondary School
Uxbridge, Ontario

Being a voice of youth is something that comes naturally to Duncan Parviainen. Academically, Duncan consistently outperforms his peers and was recognized with a number of graduation awards at Uxbridge Secondary School, including the Spirit of Bilingualism Award.
As an active member of the Voices of Youth committee, which organized events to showcase the talents of teens, Duncan’s engagement with his community shows his commitment to helping others shine. He tutored his peers in math, science and biology and organized his school’s involvement in Canada’s National Day against Homophobia. In addition, he is active in a variety of extracurricular activities, including wrestling, rowing, yoga and playing the flute.
Duncan has also participated in several canoe expeditions, including a five-week leadership expedition in Northern Manitoba. After graduation, he backpacked though India and Nepal and spent three months volunteering at two orphanages in Ghana. Duncan did all his own fundraising for this trip and received strong community support for his endeavours.  

Stephynie Sargent
Stephynie Sargent
Clarington Central Secondary School
Bowmanville, Ontario

Always a top student, Stephynie Sargent completed her high school requirements in 2007, but returned for an extra year to take on an exciting challenge: to serve as co–president of students’ council with her brother, Bruce. Student politics was nothing new to Stephynie, who was the prime minister of her middle school.
During high school, she provided leadership to her figure skating team, organized a 30 Hour Famine and received the Ontario Principal’s Award for Leadership. At graduation, she earned the Governor General’s Academic Medal and a number of subject awards and was named one of the top three students by the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board.
As a 4-H member in her rural community, Stephynie was chosen as one of six provincial ambassadors in 2007. She also received the 2007 Holstein Ontario Spirit of 4-H Dairy Award. Although her career goal is to become an optometrist, she wants to stay involved in agriculture in some way.

Sylvie Vigneax
Sylvie Vigneux
West Hill Secondary School
Owen Sound, Ontario

From Grey County to Carnegie Hall, Sylvie Vigneux’s leadership and talent know no bounds. She has received awards for excellence in math, science and English and competed in cross-country running, Nordic skiing and rugby. She has also earned a Grade 4 certificate for piano with first-class honours from the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Over the past decade, Sylvie has participated in a number of community choir and theatre productions. In 2006, she performed at Carnegie Hall in a North American choral showcase.
That same year, she spent a week on Parliament Hill with the Forum of Young Canadians learning about what it will take to lead Canada into the future.
As her school’s social issues representative, Sylvie co-ordinated food drives, a 30 Hour Famine and Cops for Cancer, shaving her head alongside other participants. She also helped the Grey-Bruce Health Unit educate youth about the dangers of smoking and served as co-president of student.

University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1