High School Winners Chosen in Excel in the Estrie Essay Challenge

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High School Winners Chosen in Excel In the Estrie Essay Challenge


SHERBROOKE, May 10, 2018 – Townshippers’ Association’s Make Way For YOUth (MWFY) project is pleased to announce the winners of its essay challenge to describe overcoming obstacles during high school. Junia Goddard and Sunny Skelling Brooks, both from Alexander Galt Regional High School, have won top prizes for their essays on the theme.

Each year the Excel in the Estrie Essay Challenge invites graduating high school seniors from across the historical Eastern Townships to share stories of overcoming challenges – academic, social or personal – on their path to graduation and to share their plans for living and working in the region in the future. This year students had the option of submitting either written essays or short video essays.

Junia and Sunny’s written essays focused on building confidence and transitioning into adulthood. Both entries clearly illustrated the authors’ attachment to the region and their plans to build their futures in the community after pursuing their educational dreams, for Junia as a future journalist and Sunny as an emergency room or neonatal care nurse.

“Picking winning essays from the pool of articulate entries was quite a challenge,” said Bethany Vanasse, MWFY migration agent. “Participating students wrote with such clarity and enthusiasm. The goal of the essay is to remind students of the impact they have in directing their lives, to inspire them by reminding them of their past actions and to spark their confidence as they start the next leg of their educational journey. I think we’ve achieved that with these essays.”  

The essays were reviewed by a selection committee of community sector representatives: MWFY Migration Agents Holly McMillan and Bethany Vanasse, Townshippers’ Employment Liaison Coordinator Katie Bibbs, and Jayme Marrotte and Jody Robinson from Phelps Helps. Scores were based on student’s creativity and originality, and effectiveness in communicating ideas and meeting the essay requirements.

MWFY, with the participation of the challenge partners Cass Funeral Homes, Global Excel Management, and the Government of Canada, will award prizes of $375 each to Junia and Sunny. Their winning submissions will also be featured in a future edition of Townshippers journal.

The winners will receive their awards following Townshippers’ Annual General Meeting, which begins at 5:30 pm, Friday, June 8, at the Johnville Community Center (62 Jordan Hill). This free event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served, and a cash bar available. RSVP is not required.  

For more information about the challenge visit Townshippers.org/Essay, or contact the MWFY Migration Agent at [email protected], or call 819-566-5717 (toll-free: 1-866-566-5717).

Make Way for YOUth Estrie is an initiative of the province-wide Place aux jeunes en region, which encourages the migration and settlement of youth in areas outside of Quebec’s large city centres and is offered to the English-speaking community by Townshippers’. MWFY’s activities are made possible thanks to the financial support of the Secrétariat à la Jeunesse du Québec and numerous businesses and organizations throughout the Estrie region.

Townshippers’ Association is a non-profit, non-partisan community organization that has been serving the English-speaking community of the historical Eastern Townships since 1979. For more on the Association and its activities, connect online at Townshippers.org or contact Townshippers’ in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen, 819-566-5717, toll-free: 1-866-566-5717 or in Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd. 450-242-4421, toll-free: 1-877-242-4421.



Corrinna Pole, Communications, Townshippers’ Association |[email protected] | 819-566-5717 (toll-free 1-866-566-5717)



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