President's Scholars

2011-2012 Recipients

Caden Depatie

Caden Depatie

Caden was on the Executive of the School Council at Oakville Trafalgar High School and was also the President of the Student Athletic Council. One fundraising event he initiated – the Think Pink Rugby Match to raise money for Breast Cancer research - has become an annual event that will continue after he leaves. He teaches swimming to physically and mentally challenged children and adults, works as a lifeguard and coaches rugby (when not playing or refereeing). One of his teachers commented that “what makes Caden that much stronger a student is that he is involved in numerous things outside the classroom yet is still able to maintain his high academic standards.”


Mara Goodyear
Mara Goodyear

Mara, who received the Governor General's Academic Medal for the highest academic standing in her graduating class, has been a leader in many school organizations including Student Parliament, Peer Support, Link Crew, EcoTeam, Character Education Committee and the Group of 7 Leadership Conference. She credits two outside opportunities she was selected to take part in the 2010 Youth Freshwater Summit and the Gene Researcher for a Week Program as providing her with new insights into learning and leadership. A dedicated badminton athlete, she has competed in provincial championships and the Ontario Winter Games. One of her teachers describes her as "a hardworking young woman with a strong sense of social responsibility. She is an asset to our school, as she will be to any school she attends in the future."


Michael Osmond
Michael Osmond

While he has won many academic achievement awards, Michael is most proud of the Knight of Character award he was given last year for exemplifying the qualities of optimism, fairness, respect, cooperation, responsibility, perseverance, integrity and empathy. He is also a dedicated athlete who has been part of his school's soccer, rugby, cross-country skiing and cross-country running teams, winning the Arthur Cockfield award for his accomplishments and sportsmanship. As president of the school's KEY club, he has organized a winter clothing drive for a local shelter and raised money to build a school in Uganda. One of his teachers commented that "Besides his high intellectual standing, Michael stands out from other students in the class due to his ability to think both critically and creatively.".


Thomas Shoniker
Thomas Shoniker

For the past two years, much of Thomas's energy has been focused on a project in Pimbinyet, Kenya. He worked to raise funds then travelled to Kenya to participate in constructing the first all-girls high school in the community. Thomas also maintained an average grade of 94.6% and won the male athlete of the year title at his high school, an award that recognized his participation in basketball, hockey, volleyball, tennis, track and field and swimming. One of his teachers writes: "Through my 20 years of teaching experience, I have rarely seen a student who has made a similar impact in our school. In all of his pursuits, Tom has demonstrated a unique love of learning, an infectious personality, and a tremendously strong work ethic."


Jenifer Truong
Jenifer Truong

With academic awards in many subjects, a first place in the Science Olympics, and a ninety-plus average, Jenifer's academic credentials are solid. She's also editor in chief of her school's award-winning yearbook, and a member of the school's field hockey, badminton, tennis and soccer teams as well as the school's first wrestling team which captured the District 10 title. In recognition of her contributions as a Special Olympics coach, a Breakfast Club volunteer, a math tutor and a Guelph Youth Council member, Jenifer was awarded the Volunteer Award and Citizenship Cup. Her teacher writes: "Jenifer puts forth her finest and her commitment is evident in all that she does. Her willingness to dedicate herself to making the lives of others better is exceptional."


Laura Jane Weber
Laura Jane Weber

A guidance counsellor at Laura Jane Weber's school writes "Laura leads by example and she leads to make a difference for others. Her compassion for others and her ability to build genuine relationships with people of all ages is a special gift." Her exceptional grades show her academic abilities, and she has also won awards for her music; Laura Jane plays the double bass, the violin, the saxophone and the piano in school concerts, workshops and community music festivals. Her list of volunteer work is extensive and includes providing personal care to seniors, helping with the Bridges program to support new immigrants in the community, working with young children at a two-week camp and fundraising for international development. Laura Jane says she seeks opportunities to be challenged intellectually and is also willing to take risks: her recent skydiving experience attests to that.


Rebecca Wolff
Rebecca Wolff

A passionate social activist, a leader creating positive change, a strong academic who seeks challenges across the arts and sciences, and Nova Scotia's top female high school cross-country runner: that's how Rebecca Wolff describes herself. She has won awards for her high grades, has volunteered in Ecuador for Me to We International and co-founded a Me to We group at her high school to raise funds to help flooded areas of Pakistan. She has also volunteered at IWK Hospital, organized a Trick or Eat program that gathered more than 2,000 items of food for the local food bank, and served as Student Council Secretary. One of her teachers writes "Rebecca is a committed to student who strives for excellence but she finds balance through sports and community service. I ask a lot of my students, but as much as I ask for, Rebecca gives more."

2011-2012 recipients


The deadline for applications is January 25, 2012. For more information on this award please visit the award search listing on the registrar's website or contact the Associate Registrar, Student Financial Services, University of Guelph, Guelph ON  N1G 2W1, 519-824-4120, Ext. 56032.


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