Stephanie Pang was at home when she first received the news that she had received a Director General's Merit Scholarship for entrance to Marianopolis College.."
I was so happy and excited that I literally jumped around the room," explained the modest 17-year-old, who just graduated from Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's School (ECS) in Montreal.
Her entrance scholarship to the prestigious Westmount post-secondary institution is one of only 10 awarded to outstanding students from across the province. The CEGEP chooses recipients on the basis of academic merit, and letters of recommendation from teachers or others who know the student well.
The ECS teachers who provided Stephanie's letters were more than happy to recommend her for this scholarship, which follows upon the one she received throughout her time in high school. Lauren Aslin, Director of I.T. and Curriculum Integration wrote, "Whatever Stephanie sets her mind and heart to, I am certain she will accomplish."
For her part, Stephanie credits ECS with preparing her for CEGEP and beyond as much because of what she learned outside of classroom as in it: "I really benefitted from leadership positions, such as Co-Head of the Digital Art Club and Robotics Club. I also put my skills to use for the school's Literary Magazine and Yearbook. In addition, I was a member of the Global Awareness Club and Reach for the Top. I was the pianist in the school jazz band and lead flutist for the Symphonic Ensemble. I was also honoured to be one of four student representatives selected by my school to attend the CAIS leadership conference."
Stephanie and the other 40 young women in ECS's Class of 2012 are moving on to post-secondary studies, some of them just around the corner at Marianopolis and Dawson College, some further afield at John Abbott and Vanier colleges, and others abroad. Of the 41 graduates, sixteen (39%) are pursuing their studies in the Sciences, eight (19%) in Commerce, eleven (27%) in Social Sciences or Liberal Arts, four (10%) in fine Arts and two are going on to a Grade 12 programme. Their future aspirations are many, and varied: Stephanie herself hopes to study Architecture at McGill after finishing in the Arts & Sciences programme at Marianopolis.
She got an early start in the architecture field this year, wowing both Science Fair judges and visitors with her highly original project on vertical farming, which involved designing a building made to grow ethanol producing switchgrass. Her passion for science is matched by her love for the arts: she is a talented and award-winning artist, poet, and musician, who along with her sister Natalie--also a student at ECS--has played piano at Carnegie Hall.
ECS teachers, alumnae, and students will be watching and listening for more news about Stephanie and her classmates over the coming years!