Nearly 60 recent high school graduates from across Niagara gathered together virtually Wednesday, July 7 as they were celebrated for their accomplishments by Brock University.
The 2021 recipients of the University’s Niagara Principal’s Scholarships, which are presented to two students from nearly every private, public and Catholic high school in the region, each received a portion of the $140,000 distributed this year.
Recipients were individually honoured during the virtual event, which their families, principals and guidance counsellors were also invited to attend.
Guests heard from a panel of current Brock students and past scholarship recipients, who shared their own University experiences, and learned about leadership and engagement opportunities, as well as transition programs.
Interim Brock President Lynn Wells said the nearly $1 million in funds given to Niagara Principal’s scholars since the program began in 2016 is representative of the University’s commitment to the region and its young people.
“Brock is proud to support and celebrate the success of students from across the region,” Wells said. “These bright young minds are the leaders of tomorrow, and we’re excited to see all they will accomplish on their journey as engaged members of both the Brock and Niagara communities.”
Delivering the funds to recipients has also become an important part of the calendar for Geraldine Jones, University Registrar and Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services, and her team.
“We are so proud to recognize high-achieving students in Niagara and we anticipate the positive impact they have on our campus each year,” Jones said.
In addition to the scholarships, award winners also received a box of Brock gear, including a T-shirt, water bottle and lanyard to start them off on the right foot when they arrive at the University this fall.
Carly Dugo, Recruitment Officer, Campus Initiatives, said the boxes provide a tangible connection for scholarship winners to feel like they are officially Brock students.
“We wanted to make sure the recipients felt some extra appreciation, and all of the items in the box will definitely be useful for them when they start their studies this fall,” she said. “We can’t wait to see all of the winners wearing their new Brock gear when they begin their classes.”
The 2020-21 cohort of Niagara Principal’s Scholarships recipients includes:
Holly Farquharso, A.N. Myer Secondary School
Tucker Raina, A.N. Myer Secondary School
Abbey Parker, Beamsville District Secondary School
Evan Rolston, Beamsville District Secondary School
Brooke Metelsky, Blessed Trinity Catholic School
Alexandra Negus, Blessed Trinity Catholic School
Jayden Cruz, Denis Morris Catholic School
Connor Wright, Denis Morris Catholic School
Aliya Aragon, DSBN Academy
Maya Lindsay, DSBN Academy
Deanna Stickney, E.L. Crossley Secondary School
Parker Triano, E.L. Crossley Secondary School
Isabelle Stark-Pelisek, Eastdale Secondary School
Chantal Fortier, École Secondaire Catholique Jean Vanier
Calvin Hendriks, École Secondaire Catholique Jean Vanier
Julia Eccles, Eden High School
Amy McMillan, Eden High School
Allison Addy, Governor Simcoe Secondary School
Sarah Rupcic, Governor Simcoe Secondary School
Zoe Thibault, Great Lakes Christian High School
Nathalie Vasquez, Great Lakes Christian High School
Morgan Hoover, Greater Fort Erie Secondary School
Michael Willey, Greater Fort Erie Secondary School
Maya Koot, Grimsby Secondary School
Emma Ratke, Grimsby Secondary School
Andrea Dekorte, Heritage Christian School
Madelyn Ybema, Heritage Christian School
Calleigh Cunningham, Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School
Thuan Tran, Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School
Natasha Eckhardt, Jordan Christian School
Alexander Deangelis, Lakeshore Catholic High School
Megan Sardella, Lakeshore Catholic High School
Liam Panici, Laura Secord Secondary School
Lucy Teminski, Laura Secord Secondary School
Emily Hamann, Notre Dame College School
Abigale Phillips, Notre Dame College School
Parker Lampman, Port Colborne High School
Madelyn Crawford, Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School
Joseph Thompson, Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School
Ashley Scholman, Smithville District Christian High School
Emily Stiff, Smithville District Christian High School
Daniela Solis Gomez, St. Catharines Collegiate
Molly Nullmeyer, Saint. Francis Catholic Secondary School
Maceo Tripodi, Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School
Thia Dryden, Saint Michael Catholic High School
Khoi Nguyen Vu, Saint Michael Catholic High School
Nicholas Caruso, Saint Paul Catholic High School
Sumin Oh, Saint Paul Catholic High School
Emily Douglas, Stamford Collegiate
Madison Ruddell, Stamford Collegiate
Blayden Burrows, Thorold Secondary School
Chantel Dionne, Thorold Secondary School
Kristy Cutler, Welland Centennial Secondary School
Jackson McNeil, Welland Centennial Secondary School
Andrew Dinh, Westlane Secondary School
Marko Zivkovic, Westlane Secondary School