Three seniors from Alexander Galt Regional High School have been named this year’s Excel in the Estrie Essay winners. Finalists Robert Weary, 16, of Sherbrooke, Meggie Bolduc, 17, of Cookshire-Eaton, and Frédéryk Johnson, 17, of East-Angus, shared the prize award totalling $750 and were awarded following Townshippers’ Association’s annual general meeting on June 20 in Orford.
Coinciding with Hooked on School Days in Estrie, the essay completion presented by Make Way For YOUth, a project from Townshippers’ Association that supports youth migration and retention, challenges graduating secondary students to write about obstacles they have overcome and their future plans as part of the Estrie community.
Robert Weary’s essay began by highlighting the outdoor activities, the fun-loving people and the bilingualism of the region and emphasising his appreciation for “our history, culture and ingenuity.” Robert began his education under a French school board then migrated to an English one. His future plans will reverse this trend by beginning his post-secondary studies in English at Champlain College and continuing them in French at the University of Sherbrooke giving him the advantage of being completely bilingual.
Meggie Bolduc focused her essay on lessons, starting at school with her own experience moving from an assisted program to an advanced one, to life lesions such as the “precious and delicate” appreciation for living which was realized following the loss of a fellow classmate. After a little soul searching, Meggie’s discovery of her passion for justice and to defend people’s rights sets her off on a path to become a lawyer.
Frédéryk Johnson wrote about the support found in friendship and how to draw on her own strengths to overcome bulling. Through making strong connections and her own resilience, Frédéryk improved her grades and was awarded for being the female with the highest grades in French. Her dedication to the community, which began at a young age, is inspiring her to pursue a career as a probation officer.
The full essays will be printed in the October issue of Townshippers’ Association’s members only journal, Townshippers. Watch for the third edition of Excel in the Estrie to (be launched again during the sixth edition of Hooked on School Days taking place in the Estrie from February 16 to 20, 2015.
For further information about the Excel in the Estrie contest, contact Jenny Ménard, Make Way for YOUth/Desjardins Migration Agent, at [email protected], 819-566-5717 (toll-free: 1-866-566-5717), or visit the youth section at www.townshippers.qc.ca.
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Photo Credit: Katryna Belanger
Photo Caption: Jenny Ménard, Make Way for YOUth/Desjardins Migration Agent, awarded this year’s Excel in the Estrie Essay contest winners Meggie Bolduc and Robert Weary with the assistance of Kohl Kelso, Townshippers’ Association, Board Member, at the associations’ annual general meeting on June 20 in Orford. (Absent from photo is essay winner Frédéryk Johnson).