czmjovq · 2021-03-17

SCI students pick up education awards

Aaron Bourbonnais, Chris Greer and Tori Iceton, Grade 12 students at Stayner Collegiate Institute (SCI), received Excellence in Education awards last week.

The awards were handed out during the Simcoe County District School Board’s Evening of Excellence on Tues., May 5 at the board office in Midhurst.

Students that received an award were recognized for success in such areas as academics, extra-curricular activities and community involvement.

Teachers nominated students that received awards, said SCI teacher John Limoges, who oversaw the local process.

Bourbonnais, 20, who lives in Avening, said it was an honour to be recognized.

He received the award for excellent grades and a positive in-class attitude.

A member of SCI’s robotics team, he was also recognized for being a solid role model for younger team members and for his overall dedication to the team, which each year builds a robot from scratch and then enters it in a provincial competition.

Bourbonnais said the award was somewhat of a pay-off after a rocky start in high school.

He said his first year in high school his attendance was sketchy. He said school didn’t interest him and so he dropped out.

Unable to find decent work, Bourbonnais said he attended the board’s Adult Learning Centre and began earning credits.

He returned to SCI for Grade 12 and will graduate in June.

“I never thought I’d get to Grade 12. I just thought high school was a bunch of hype,” he said. “I learned the hard way what you need.”

Bourbonnais said he’s not sure what he wants to do after graduation.

Greer, 17, who lives in Creemore, also said it was an honour to be recognized by the board.

He was singled out for his involvement with many of SCI’s sports teams.

Greer has played on soccer teams, basketball teams, badminton teams and hockey teams and according to the teachers that nominated him has shown solid leadership skills.

“I like the release I get from sports – getting away from that pent up energy you get from sitting at a desk,” he said when pressed about what draws him to sports.

Greer was also honoured for his academic success. He’s maintained a near 100 per cent average in school – he’s made the Honour Roll every year – excelling at such diverse subjects as accounting, chemistry, biology, English, history and physical education.

Why such drive?

“I recognize the importance of it [high school] determining my future,” he said. “If I do well, hopefully it pays off down the road. I’m trying to think ahead.”

Greer said he’s not sure what he’ll do after high school.

“I might take a year off. I enjoy traveling so I might do a bit of that.”

He said when he does settle on post-secondary school he’d like to attend Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S. He toured the campus recently and said he’s struck by its aesthetically pleasing layout and the small feel of the place.

Iceton was recognized for her academic and community involvement achievements.

She explained her hard work effort is because she wants to someday be a doctor.

“Post-secondary is a big goal for me. I want to be a doctor and to get there I have to do well here,” she said.

Iceton has made the Honour Roll at SCI each year and nabbed several subject awards for her success in such areas as French, English and math.

Her community involvement for which she was recognized includes helping at Teddy Bears Picnic, a daycare in Creemore. Iceton said she volunteered there in Grade 9, 10 and for part of Grade 11.

She also helped clean up sections of area roadways by volunteering through the Creemore Lions Club, when it was operational. She said she got involved through her mother, who was a member.

That connection with the club also lead her to help with Santa Claus parades and Canada Day celebrations each year.

Iceton is the current student council president at SCI and as a result has helped organize food drives at Thanksgiving and Christmas – with the donations being handed over to the Clearview-Stayner Food Bank.