President's Scholars

2009-2010 Recipients

Anita Acai
Anita Acai
John F. Ross Collegiate Vocational Institute
Guelph, Ontario

Anita is a committed science student, who excelled in the Pascal and Cayley mathematics competitions, yet she is equally at home in the arts and social sciences. She edited her school’s literary and fine arts journal, played saxophone in the concert and jazz bands, and was a member of the school choir. She served as president of the Zonta Club and founded a project to collect supplies for a small school in Sierra Leone. Anita has a black belt in karate and helps with recreation programs at a seniors home, as well as working at least 10 hours a week.  


Laura Christensen
Laura Christensen
University of Toronto Schools
Toronto, Ontario

Laura graduated as one of the top students in a high school where only gifted students are accepted. She participated in the inter-school Envirothon competition and her school’s Eco-Council, worked as a summer research assistant with the Deep River Science Academy and was one of three students featured on a CBC Radio program called “High School Kids Save the Planet.” A well-rounded student, Laura headed the lighting/stage crew for school productions and was captain of the school’s wrestling team. She volunteered with the local food bank, worked with Habitat for Humanity in El Salvador and completed conservation research in the Peruvian rainforest.


Ian Donald
Ian Donald
Nepean High School
Ottawa, Ontario

Ian is an athlete who excels in track and field, cross-country and triathlon. He is a member of the Provincial Triathlon Centre junior development squad. A champion in many other ways, Ian has been an honour roll student throughout high school and has been cast in four of his school’s theatrical productions. He served as co-host of a half-hour cable television show called “High School Sports Zone.” He volunteered with the United Way and as a coach in local running and swimming programs. Ian also mentored younger students, contributed to the school newspaper and was co-president of the student council.


Leslie Kumagai
Leslie Kumagai
Dr. Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute
Agincourt, Ontario

With her career goal in mind, Leslie has accumulated more than 400 hours of volunteer experience at a local veterinary clinic, but that commitment is just one part of her personality. She was a principal flutist in her school’s concert band, played saxophone in the jazz band and is a member of the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra. Leslie received academic honours throughout high school and excelled as a student leader ― organizing charitable fundraisers and launching a committee to promote healthy eating. She also played for a local slo-pitch team and competed provincially as a member of her school’s golf team.


Kevin Lees
Kevin Lees
Sir Winston Churchill Collegiate and Vocational Institute
Thunder Bay, Ontario

After graduating from Port Arthur Collegiate Institute as an honour student, Kevin took a year off to join Canada World Youth, volunteering in a Manitoba Hudderite colony and the community of Gorontalo, Indonesia. He returned to school at Sir Winston Churchill Collegiate to prepare for university admission. Kevin is an environmentalist, a competitive debater and a musician, performing both at school and in an alternative jazz band called Finding Molly Bish. He has also worked as a lifeguard and lifesaving instructor, was a successful competitor in the 100-metre dash and earned the MVP title in basketball.


Abigail Menendez
Abigail Menendez
Peterborough Collegiate
Peterborough, Ontario

Abby is an exceptional scholar and one of the highest achieving students at her school. She was also committed to many extra-curricular activities, including women’s field and ice hockey teams, arts performances, environmental initiatives and an African outreach group dedicated to raising awareness of conditions in Africa. She was chosen to be a “Link Leader” in a program to assimilate new students and was involved with Jamaica Self-Help, an international development agency that promotes healthy Jamaican communities and raises awareness of global issues. Abby was also selected to attend a model United Nations symposium at The Hague.


Erin Stephenson
Erin Stephenson
Waterloo Collegiate
Waterloo, Ontario

Erin’s high school marks demonstrate that she is an outstanding student. Her extra-curricular activities show that she is also a well-rounded individual. An accomplished writer, she represented her school in three poetry competitions. The Perimeter Institute selected her to attend their International Summer School for Young Physicists. She was one of the best javelin throwers in the Waterloo region, but also competed in track and field, field and ice hockey and was an MVP with a local swim club. Erin plays piano, coaches minor sports and earned a Junior Achievement award in product design.   



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