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Twenty-three Surrey secondary students are in the nation's capital as part of Canada 150 & Me for more than a week of learning, leadership and community engagement activities.
The local teens – eight from Panorama Ridge Secondary, three from Lord Tweedsmuir, two from Johnston Heights, one from Fleetwood Park, four from Sullivan Heights, three from Fleetwood Park and two from Fraser Heights – are among 150 youth selected from across Canada.
While in Ottawa, the participants will attend the Governor General's Awards on the Performing Arts; volunteer at the Gloucester Community Garden, Gatineau Park and Ottawa 2017's 'Picnic on the Bridge'; as well as visit Parliament Hill and national museums. They'll also perform in the Canada Day noon hour show and act as National Gallery "teen docents for a day."
In addition, the students will present the collective results and recommendations from a series of regional forums that took place across the country, discussing the greatest challenges and opportunities for Canada's future. An estimated 2,900 youth took part in the forums, including 29 from Surrey Schools who travelled to Montreal, Halifax and Winnipeg during April and May to address topics such as mental health, humanitarian assistance and relationships with indigenous people.
The Surrey students in Ottawa include:
Jae Ho Kim
Nineteen students from eight different secondary schools in the Surrey School District have been selected to take part in a summer program known as one of Canada's "top incubators for youth innovation and entrepreneurship."
SHAD is an enrichment program that aims to develop teen talents by inviting them to various universities across the country to be immersed in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.
Students from Johnston Heights, Fleetwood Park, Semiahmoo, Guildford Park, Earl Marriott, Elgin Park, Frank Hurt and Fraser Heights secondary schools will spend a month in residence at designated universities. They'll attend lectures and workshops and be challenged with a theme or social problem for which they must devise a product or service that addresses the issue.
A record 801 youth from across Canada are taking part in the unique residential enrichment program hosted at Canadian universities this year.
Here are the selected Surrey students and where they'll spend the month of July:
Surrey school Trustee Laurae McNally has received a special 'Proclamation of Celebration' signed by Premier Christy Clark and former Surrey-White Rock MLA Gordon Hogg.
At 32 years and counting, McNally is among the longest-serving school trustees in the province. The proclamation reads:
"Laurae you have unselfishly embodied, lived and shared qualities which truly matter. You have enriched our lives, our community and our world. You have given youth a chance to succeed, when odds were against them."
"I just want the children to enjoy going to school as much as I did when I was a child," McNally says. "I continue to enjoy learning and like to share in that with the students."
McNally was also recognized in 2005 by the Lieutenant Governor with a B.C. Community Achievement Award.
As you and your children prepare for summer vacation, the Surrey RCMP and Surrey School District would like to update you on some of the current risks with respect to illicit drugs so you can all have a safe summer. It is imperative that both parents/caregivers and youth are aware of the dangers of experimenting with drugs.
Two Surrey students are among just 50 selected nationwide to receive a prestigious 2017 Schulich Leader Scholarship.
Ali Janjiana, who is graduating from Frank Hurt Secondary this year, was awarded a $100,000 scholarship to study engineering at UBC, while, Princess Margaret Secondary student Jasmine Rai received $80,000 toward her studies at Simon Fraser University.
The pair were chosen from a pool of more than 1,300 nominees for their outstanding academic and extra-curricular achievements.
The scholarships are awarded to study science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) at participating universities in Canada and Isreal. The program awards 100 scholarships annually, valued at more than $7 million.
The carpentry program at Guildford Park and Frank Hurt secondary schools continues to earn a great reputation for students and their creations.
Starting with small projects like outdoor garbage can shelters years ago, the students progressed to building large storage sheds, with all the projects typically being pre-sold.
This year, both schools outdid themselves with the construction of what amounts to small houses. Electrical and plumbing students also worked on the pre-sold units to make them fully equipped and comfortably livable.
Frank Hurt's largest project this year (above) is 11.5 x 3.6 metres (38' x 12') in size. While slightly smaller, the Guildford Park student project (below) has been built on a trailer frame to meet the owner's specifications.
Earl Marriott secondary Grade 12 student Wesley Chang earned a bronze medal in Website Design and Development at the 2017 Skills Canada national competition in Winnipeg earlier this month. Wesley was one of just 25 students to medal in the annual competition.
Four more students from the district also qualified to compete in the nationals after earning gold medals at the provincial level:
North Surrey Secondary – Geoffrey Edorzo, Car Painting
Fraser Heights Secondary – Jaeden Wildenboer, Welding
Fraser Heights Secondary – Alayna Yan and Jessie Shi, 2D Animation
Coralie Tcheune represented Surrey well at the Canadian Parents for French 15th-annual National Concours d'art oratoire finals, bringing home a bronze medal.
Tcheune, a Grade 11 Francophone student at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary, qualified to attend the national competition in Gatineau, Que. after placing first at the provincial level in May at SFU Surrey.
Her award-winning speech, entitled Foxconn, discusses the electronics manufacturing company of the same name and controversy surrounding poor working conditions and employee management.
Just 38 Grade 11 and 12 students from across Canada competed in Quebec – selected from a total of 62,000 participants nationwide. Students competed in five categories: Basic French, Core French, Late French Immersion, Early French Immersion and Francophone, the last of which Tcheune competed in.
The Surrey Board of Education hosted its annual reception to recognize and thank employees who have served the district and its students for 25 years.
This year, 184 staff members reached the milestone and about half were able to attend a reception at the Resource & Education Centre.
After appetizers and refreshments, honourees were treated to an amazing singing performance by Johnston Heights Secondary student Glisha Dela Cruz.
Congratulatory remarks were provided by representatives of each employee group, as well as superintendent Dr. Jordan Tinney and board chairperson Shawn Wilson.
The trustees personally congratulated and thanked each employee and provided a gift silver pen and pencil set.
Eric Linning, a Grade 4 student from George Greenaway Elementary, competes in long jump. Below, Laronde Elementary student Maya Faris, Grade 7, takes her turn in Bantam girls shot put.
Hundreds of students from Surrey's 101 elementary schools are taking part in the 43rd-annual Barry Morley Memorial Track Meet.
The six-day event at Bear Creek Park sees schools compete against one another based on their enrolment size. Competitions began May 30 and continue until June 7.
Teachers, retired and current school administrators, parents and secondary students help stage the annual event. As she does every year, Trustee Laurae McNally sat in the infield documenting the track times.
Tyke girls head for the finish line in the 80m sprint.