Adelaide is a high achiever, enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program at Father McGivney Catholic academy who has made her beloved African Caribbean community her priority. Throughout her high school career, Adelaide has maintained an excellent record of academic record of achievement. Adelaide attained the highest marks in her school's Co-Ed Physical Education course in addition to having been inducted into the Award of Honours society, while she attained the distinction of being placed on the Honour Roll every year of her high school career, grades 9 to 12. Adelaide will bring her high level of commitment, leadership qualities and excellent communication skills to bear as she continues her studies at McMaster University.
Elijah is a young leader who has already made a significant impact on his school and his community, taking responsibility and spearheading change for the underserved. As a member of the President's Council, at St Robert Catholic High School, he has used his leadership skills to empower his peers to take action, creating awareness and safe spaces for racialized youth as well as helping to end the stigma around mental health. With his skills of innovation, leadership, and exceptional character, Elijah is well prepared to succeed in the science program at the university of Waterloo.
Julius's desire to help young Black men, understand their identity, worth and value is what makes him such as remarkable young man, in his own words, he desires to "raise the bar and redefine the standard of what a Black person is capable of in all aspects of my life, despite the stereotypes that exist." Julius is not only a talented Spoken Word artist, he is a devoted peer mentor who works with youth to re-imagine their possibilities despite the barriers presented by systemic racism. For his outstanding work with Black youth in the Rise Brothers Mentorship Program, Julius was awarded the community Involvement Award, from the Alliance of Educators for Black Students. Julius will pursue a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the School of Business at Queen's University.
Monique is inspired to excel because of the sacrifices her family has made to secure her future. As a self-described first generation Canadian, she understands the value of hard work and taking hold of your dreams, instilled by her grandmother who she describes as "the biggest inspiration of my life." Monique also understands the importance of acknowledging her privilege and paying it forward through community service. She has focused her energies on volunteerism within the Black community in Newmarket and is working toward creating a generational legacy of education, empowerment and unity that will foster pride in identity, culture and history for people of African descent. Monique is passionate about helping others, and this is evident in her involvement in the Caribbean African Respect Equity (C.A.R.E) Club at Newmarket High School. As an advocate for inclusive education, she also supported teaching staff to revise resources so that they could be more culturally relevant. Monique will bring her strong academic skills, creativity and community leadership to her studies at Sir Wilfrid Laurier University were she is working towards a Bachelor degree in Human Rights and Diversity.
Natacia draws inspiration and strength from her family and takes full advantage of the opportunities presented to her, holding to the belief that taking a leap of faith brings more rewards. Throughout her high school years, Natacia has taken that leap, serving her community by volunteering with a number of organizations while at the same time, excelling academically. She has won several awards in the Health and Wellness High Schools Major program at Dr. J. M. Dennison High School in Newmarket. Natacia is pursuing her passion of inspiring and supporting young people in the Child and Youth Care program a Seneca College.
Tristan is a high achiever and talented athlete who is motivated to bring out the best in herself and others. Throughout her secondary school career at Newmarket High School, she has realized outstanding academic excellence, improving her performance over time through sheer determination and hard work. In grades 11 and 12, Tristan maintained an average of over 90% while being fully committed to her sport of basketball, family obligations and her work in the community. Her achievements have not come easily as challenging life circumstances have tested her resolve, yet possessing remarkable wisdom and humility, she expresses gratitude to have overcome adversity as it has taught her "the importance of being able to balance all aspects of life and find time for school, family friends and extra curricular activities." Tristan will continue to find hidden opportunities while attending McMaster University's Engineering program.
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Ziphion has demonstrated the drive and tenacity to excel both as an elite athlete and as a scholar. He is described as a role model, treating others with respect and always going beyond to support his peers. Ziphion has a bright future ahead of him, which is demonstrated by his ability to carefully balance his schoolwork while managing a very hectic athletic training schedule. An honour student of African –Canadian Heritage, he is an example of the dedication and hard work required to fulfill your dreams. Ziphion is pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Windsor.