It just gets bigger and better every single year. Over 150 students across Canada shared their amazing stories of graduation nights to remember, athletic triumphs and standing ovations with the SchoolTools team. Needless to say selecting a winner in each category was a tremendous challenge. We thank each and every one of the students that participated and all of the teachers that inspired them to their greatness.
And now the moment you’ve been waiting for – the winner and 1st runner up to each of the three 2014 InviteRight SchoolTools Scholarships!
MAKING GRAD GREAT SCHOLARSHIP
Megan Funke – St. Joseph High School
Mentor – Rachel MacLeod – Grad Committee Teacher
“Seven Hundred Roses”
Over 700 hours. This is how long it took Megan Funke to make over 700 paper rose decorations from discarded English novels by hand for the over 100 tables at the St. Joseph’s High School graduation. But the results were without question were absolutely astounding.
Megan: This year, the St. Joseph’s grad committee was made up of nine grad teachers, ten students, and three grade eleven helpers. Together as a committee, we were able to make this year’s grad the best it has ever been. Each teacher put in an immense amount of effort in order to make grad possible and I want to thank each one of them for their commitment, dedication, and hard work they put in especially a special thanks to Mrs. MacLeod who functioned as one of the grad committee leaders and really helped to make grad possible. I also want to thank the rest of the students in grade committee. We spent hours working to make our grad wonderful with all of our fundraising, social media updates, suggestions and ideas, images, and the other countless tasks we completed. Grad was a fantastic experience and it was because of our committee’s hard work
1st RUNNER UP
Jake Sheardown – Hunting Hills High School
Red Deer, Alberta
Mentor – Daniel Brady – Grad Advisor/English Teacher
“Whistle while you work”
I am always impressed by Jake’s willingness to contribute his time and energy, but what has struck me even more so is how he remains positive and ebullient. Looking back on the year I can honestly say that Jake’s positivty and “can-do attitude” were integral in the success of each and every event our executive sponsored.
ACTING OUT SCHOLARSHIP
Erica Mitchell – Miles Macdonell Collegiate
Mentor – Carrie Gillis – Drama & IB Theatre Teacher
Erica dedicates herself to the theatre as a tribute to her late friend Abbey Ruchkall, who passed away suddenly the year before at the age of 19. Their shared passion for the theatre keeps her legacy alive in the Miles Macdonell theatre. Each time the curtain rises, Erica is reminded of Abbey’s encouraging words – “she told me to do whatever I loved and not to care what anyone else says. I love theatre; this is what I will do with my life.”
Erica: I would like to extend my thank you’s to: Mrs. Carrie Gillis, Mrs. Shelly Lichtman, Mr. Mike Neale – for all that they have helped me within and withoutschool over the last 3 years.
Also, Connor Wielgosz and the WPG Fringe Festival for all the fabulous opportunities. And of course, Abbey Ruchkall for all the advice in the two years I knew her.
1st RUNNER UP
Zachary Holden – Crescent Heights High School
Mentor - Nicole Taylor – English Teacher
“View from the Top”
“I have also been very impressed with the kindness that Zach has shown to all his peers, he works very well with a variety of other students and is a thoughtful and compassionate leader among them. He is always willing to lend an extra hand and share his great sense of humour. Zach has always been artist and I really have seen him grow and flourish in his confidence with his abilities and willingness to share his talents. I truly believe that Zachary has much to contribute and has been a positive force within our school.”
SWEAT YOUR WAY TO GRAD SCHOLARSHIP
Madeline Morris – Rideau District High School
Mentor - Lisa Rice – Athletic Director
I compete not only for my team and myself but also for my school. I am proud to compete for of my school at home games. I give energy to the spectators who cheer for us and in return receive energy from the crowd, which raises our competitiveness.”
Madeline: I’ve known Mrs. Rice as a teacher for the 4 years that I’ve attended Rideau DHS. Regardless of winning the scholarship, she has helped me immensely with my academics, athletics and has helped guide me to my next stage in life. She is passionate about bringing out the best in her students. I feel so lucky to have had her be part of my high school experience. Rideau District HS is a very lucky school to have her.
1st RUNNER UP
Byron Keturakis – Earl Marriott Secondary
Mentor – Taylor Clift – Athletic Director
“Radiating Passion on and off the bench”
“I learned to be a great teammate by supporting others” says Byron. “I also learned that it takes a great amount of hard work and commitment and this fueled my drive to succeed.”