President's Scholars

2010-2011 Recipients

Sarah Buttle
Sarah Buttle
Lakefield District Secondary School
Lakefield, Ontario

Sarah has been a standout performer in both academics and athletics. An accomplished figure skater, she founded and served as captain of the school skating team. She also discovered a passion for international issues as an ambassador at two separate Model United Nations conferences. With these experiences, she helped to educate her school about the effects of critical global issues and actively worked to make a difference both locally and internationally. Sarah is a talented and dedicated scholar and a positive influence on those around her a very worthy candidate for a University of Guelph President's Scholarship.
Faculty Mentor: Paula Barata, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology


Christopher Dulhanty
Christopher Dulhanty
Loyola Catholic Secondary School
Mississauga, Ontario

Christopher believes that if you are committed, passionate and determined, there is nothing that can stop you from achieving your goals. Christopher's many successes are proof that this positive approach works. In 2009, he qualified for the World Youth Track and Field Championships in Italy and placed 11th. In addition to receiving recognition for outstanding academic achievement, he has won awards for literature, theatre, Canadian pride and social awareness. Christopher's commitment, passion and determination on the track, in the classroom and as a leader make him an excellent candidate for a University of Guelph President's Scholarship.
Faculty Mentor: Michele Oliver, Assistant Professor, School of Engineering


Hannah Gray
Hannah Gray
Esquimalt High School
Victoria, British Columbia

Through her enthusiastic involvement in athletics, academics, theatre and music, Hannah has sought and created opportunities to enrich her school and community. She was co-captain of the Esquimalt High School rowing team, a member of the Victoria Children's Choir and president of the student-run club ESCAPE (Esquimalt Students Caring About Peace and the Environment). She also travelled to a small Mexican village to promote literacy. Hannah's commitment to the environment and social justice, coupled with her academic achievements, has led her to the University of Guelph as the recipient of a President's Scholarship.
Faculty Mentor: Lorraine Jadeski, Associate Professor, Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences


Emily Nickerson
Emily Nickerson
Fredericton High School
Fredericton, New Brunswick

Emily was president of Interact (Rotary for Youth) and was selected as a Canadian ambassador for an International Rotary Youth Exchange in Belgium. She has consistently excelled in academics and received funding to lead a team to work in a genetics lab at the University of New Brunswick, preparing DNA samples for genome mapping of black spruce. She is an elite athlete in cycling and speed skating and was a member of her school's cross-country and track-and-field teams. Emily is a high-energy individual who leads by example. Her most recent achievement is being named the recipient of a University of Guelph President's Scholarship.
Faculty Mentor: Andrea Bradford, Associate Professor, School of Engineering


Adam Rubesaat Trott
Adam Rubesaat Trott
Oak Bay Secondary School
Victoria, British Columbia

An accomplished musician, a competitive athlete and a humanitarian, Adam balanced school and community involvement with an outstanding academic record. Adam was chair of the Oak Bay Youth Committee, advising municipal council on youth issues, and was nominated to attend Youth Parliament in Victoria. Of all the projects that Adam has worked on, his involvement with Youth Against Cancer has had perhaps the most impact on him as a leader. Adam's ability to balance his academics with a strong commitment to supporting his community makes him a worthy candidate for a University of Guelph President's Scholarship.
Faculty Mentor: Jeff Mitscherling, Professor, Department of Philosophy


Melissa Wagner
Melissa Wagner
United Mennonite Education Institute
Leamington, Ontario

Creativity, ingenuity and passion have served Melissa well in achieving success and helped her make a significant mark with novel fundraising initiatives that collaborated with local farmers and businesses. As captain of her high school and community basketball teams, she led by example and was respected by both her coaches and her peers. She travelled to New Orleans on a service project to rebuild homes and to Colorado to work with homeless and low-income people. She was the children's activity co-ordinator at the Mennonite Community Festival, was a youth choir leader, and ran the Angel Pet Fund Awareness Booth at the Essex Pet Show. Melissa is a worthy candidate for the University of Guelph President's Scholarship.
Faculty Mentor: Karen Landman, Associate Professor, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development

Alexis Wagner
Alexis Wagner
Centennial Collegiate and Vocational Institute
Guelph, Ontario

Alexis is described by one of her coaches as talented, tenacious and passionate, traits that have helped her to excel in both athletics and the classroom. At the age of 14, Alexis represented Ontario at the U16 National Field Hockey Championships and, as one of the top four players on the team, led the province to a silver medal. The following year she was named captain of the team. Outside of sports, Alexis displays the same level of leadership both at school and in the community. Alexis is a leader, tough competitor and an inspiration to her peers a deserving recipient of a University of Guelph President's Scholarship.
Faculty Mentor: Manjusri Misra, Associate Professor, School of Engineering and Department of Plant Agriculture


John Wynands
John Wynands
Thousand Islands Secondary School
Brockville, Ontario

According to John, he has come a long way from the shy boy who started high school. Through his involvement with HELP the Humanitarian Education Leadership Program, John supported many worthy causes and developed leadership skills that have served his school and community well. John was a senior member of the school cross-country team, and his contributions extended beyond racing to include organization and fundraising. His ability to balance academics with his many contributions to his school and community has been an inspiration to many of his peers. John is recognized for his many successes, and we are delighted to award him a University of Guelph President's Scholarship.
Faculty Mentor: Manish Raizada, Associate Professor and International Relations Officer, Department of Plant Agriculture



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