Our most recent graduates were an especially talented group, characterised by outstanding achievements in academics, athletics and the arts. They also were wonderful models of what Newton’s Grove stands for, and we are grateful for all that they have done for our community. Here are a few examples of this remarkable group that illustrate why we are so proud of them.
Anam capped off a stellar academic career with her strongest year, finishing off with the highest graduating average in our school’s long history, 96.3%. By doing so, Anam won the prestigious Governor General’s Award as the top graduating student. A member of the Senior Student Council, she also placed first in the Science Fair.
Anam’s hard work has led to some incredible opportunities. She received over $65,000 in scholarship offers, and was accepted into every program she applied for. Anam chose to attend Health Sciences at McMaster University. This elite program accepts only 160 students, out of thousands who apply annually, and is regarded as a stepping stone to studying Medicine. Anam has always dreamed of becoming a doctor, and her hard work and first-rate intelligence has brought her one step closer to reaching that goal. Well done, Anam!
Seung-Hyun (William) Song
William joined our school in his grade 10 year, and his exuberant nature and dual passion for music and mathematics soon made an impression on everyone. William became a feature guitar player and percussionist in both our Senior and Jazz bands, and his practicing often filled our halls with his frenetic renderings. William displayed equal zeal to his studies, and he achieved almost perfect in both grade 12 Functions and Calculus, and won the University of Waterloo Chemistry Certificate in the annual competition. He also wrote AP exams in both Calculus and Chemistry. As a result of his efforts, he was one of our top three Outstanding Student Award recipients, graduating with a 94% average.
William was also accepted into every program he applied to. He chose to study Nanotechnology Engineering at the University of Waterloo, a ground-breaking program at Canada’s leader in hard sciences, mathematics and engineering. William was offered a $2000 scholarship, and we are certain that his study of tiny machines will lead to big things in the future.
Ali won the trifecta, taking top honours in athletics, arts and academics. Ali was a co-winner of the Athlete of the Year Award, a distinction she had earned a remarkably three times previously. She was outstanding in soccer, track and field, basketball, volleyball and cross-country, earning numerous medals and banners over the years. In music, Ali was a soloist on the tenor saxophone, playing in the Senior and Jazz bands, and in drama she earned roles in every one of our annual productions. For her outstanding contributions to music and drama, she earned the Graydon Foster Performing Arts Award, given annually in memory of a beloved student. In academics, Ali was one of our three Outstanding Student Award winners, graduating with a 93.8% average.
Ali received over $33,000 in scholarship offers and was accepted in all the programs she applied to. Ali chose to study BHK Human Kinetics at the University of Windsor, receiving a $10,000 scholarship. Ali is pursuing Varsity level soccer, and she will couple her study of kinesiology with her own pursuit of athletic excellence.
Caleb is another remarkable Newton’s Grove graduate who has distinguished himself in everything he has put his hand to. In athletics he was the male Athlete of the year, demonstrating exceptional skills in basketball, cross country, flag football and volleyball. In music, he was a solo performer and composer in our annual Arts and Music night, and he received the Exceptional Contribution Scholarship Award for all that he accomplished for our music program. In academics, Caleb graduated with an impressive average of 93.3%.
Caleb’s heart is in his music. He auditioned and was accepted in all the music programs he applied to. Caleb chose the Music Performance program at the University of Toronto, receiving a $6000 scholarship. This program attracts the top musicians in Canada, and Caleb is now attending the Alma Mater of his mentor and music teacher, Mr. Alonso. We are sure that Caleb will be making beautiful music as he follows his dream.