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June 26, 2014

The sky is the limit, literally, for this QMS grad

June 25th, 2014 - Duncan, BC, Canada – How many people can claim they knew what they wanted to do as a career long before they completed high school? Queen Margaret’s School graduate Alice Young can, and she’s worked hard to ensure she has her chosen path ready for the next step in September. She has been accepted into the University of St. Andrew’s in Scotland to study the universe in their School of Physics & Astronomy.  

Alice Young of Duncan has always enjoyed mathematics and science. “Next to being an avid equestrian rider, I 
have  always  enjoyed  STEM (science, technology,  engineering  and mathematics),”  explains  Young.  “I  have 
wanted to pursue a career in the sciences since I was a young girl, and in the last two years, it became clear 
that astrophysics was my passion and goal.” Alice was accepted to eight universities around the world, many 
with scholarship offers. She selected St. Andrew’s due to their accelerated Master’s of Science program. Alice 
will graduate with a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. 
Alice’s journey to attending this world-renowned post-Â�secondary institution was boosted through engagement 
in challenging summer camps and high scholastic marks. During the summer of 2013, Alice was invited to 
attend the International Summer School for Young Physicists at the Perimeter Institute and the Quantum 
Cryptography  School for  Young  Students  at the University of Waterloo.  “Alice  is  a phenomenal student,” 
praises Carrie Craig, QMS Academic Advisor. “She is mature beyond her years, and her passion for science 
makes her determined to attain her dreams. We look forward to following her career as she follows her path 
to the stars.” 
During Queen Margaret’s School’s end of year student recognition celebrations, Alice was recognized for her 
impressive scholastic achievements and positive citizenship with the following awards: 

  • Honour Roll with Distinction (students with 92% average or higher) 
  • The Mace Shield for Mathematics (Grade 12 student with highest mark in Calculus 12 and Math 12 
  • combined: 93.5%
  • Math Pin (given to top five math students in senior school) 
  • Book prizes for excellence in the subjects of English and Chemistry 
  • The Servite Fortiter Cup (outstanding citizen of QMS who has delivered “over and above”) 
  • Lifer Award (student of QMS for six or more years) 
  • Governor General’s Award (top academic student in Grade 12 for all classes taken in both Grade 11 and 12: 94.58%

Alice has one final goal to achieve locally before leaving for Scotland. As a member of the QMS Equestrian 
Team coached by Cheryl Keith, she was selected to compete in the BC Summer Games. “I’m very excited to 
compete  alongside  my  fellow  teammates  in  July,”  shares  Alice.  “It  will  undoubtedly  be  an  incredible 
About Queen Margaret’s School   
Established in 1921, Queen Margaret's School (QMS) is located on 27 country-like acres in Duncan, BC. QMS 
offers  a  co-Â�ed  ECE  Program,  co-ed  Junior  School  (Kindergarten-Grade  6),  all  boys  Grade  7/8  Program, 
University-Preparatory  School  for  girls  (Grades  7-12)  and  all  girls  Boarding  School  (Grades  6-12). Queen 
Margaret’s School is home to a small, intensive ESL Program and Canada's only on-campus Equestrian Riding 
Program.  The  school's  comprehensive  scholastic  and  extra-curricular  program  provide  opportunities  for 
achievement  and  personal  growth  through  academics,  sports,  visual  and  performing  arts,  riding  and 
community service.   
For more information or to arrange an interview please contact: 
Hayley Picard 
Communications Coordinator 
Queen Margaret’s School 
250-746-4185 ext. 236 | [email protected] 

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