TRURO – Six local students have been honoured for their excellence in academics, leadership and community service.
The students from Chignecto-Central Regional School Board received Lieutenant Governor's Education Medals, which are awarded annually to one Grade 11 male and female from every high school. Students are nominated by their school based on academic performance, leadership and service in their school and community.
The ceremony took place at the deCoste Centre in Pictou and recognized the following local students:
Joanna Burris, Cobequid Educational Centre - Burris has honours with distinction in the international baccalaureate diploma program and is a member of the varsity and hub club volleyball teams. She also performs with the First Baptist Girls’ Choir, and participates in community activities such as shared reading, to name a few.
Oliver Locke, Cobequid Educational Centre – Locke, also an honours with distinction student, is involved with several bands at CEC. He participates in the interact club, student council, band executive and musical pit band, among other activities.
Jesse Lewis Hunt, North Colchester High School – Hunt is an honours with distinction student who enjoys playing multiple sports and helps with snow removal, house renovations and entertainment for the elderly. Hunt also attended the Encounters with Canada program.
Alyson Kathleen Pickard-Tattrie, North Colchester High School – Pickard-Tattrie has a 98 per cent average. She’s a student council class representative, yearbook editor, peer mentor, girls’ leadership member, Reach for the Top player and peer tutor. Pickard-Tattrie is co-captain of the senior girls’ soccer and basketball teams. She was the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation’s Female Athlete of the year for North Colchester for her varied sports and skills.
Melissa Logan, South Colchester Academy – Logan is a member of the Reach for the Top team, participates in Beyond the Hurt Anti-bullying group and is the junior president of the interact committee and girls leadership group. She is the first recipient of the G. E. MacDonald science fair award. She is also captain of her school’s varsity soccer team and plays varsity basketball. Volunteering with the recycling depot and library are pastimes.
Aiden Joseph Schenkels, South Colchester Academy – Schenkels is the co-head of the sound and lighting production for the schools in-house television station, SCA TV. He plays on the senior varsity volleyball team and is the co-captain of the schools StarCraft 2 team. He has a part-time job, volunteers with the Stewiacke District Volunteer Fire Department as a junior firefighter and runs his own VHS conversion business and tutors.