Press release: The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal presents the twelve winners of the 2004 Outstanding Student Awards

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Added on 18 May 2004 in Press releases

Press release


The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal presents
the twelve winners of the 2004 Outstanding Student Awards

Montreal, May 18, 2004 – Twelve Secondary V and vocational education students from metropolitan Montreal school boards and private educational institutions today received an Outstanding Student Award 2004 from the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. The awards were presented during a cocktail preceding a business luncheon at which Robert Lacroix, rector of Université de Montréal, was guest speaker.

“We live in an age when the creation of wealth depends on the mastery and innovative application of knowledge. Education is a decisive competitive factor for major urban centres like Montreal, and the competence of the local labour force is a major location criterion for many companies and investors. It is therefore essential that our education system succeed in transmitting to students a taste for excellence. It was with this in mind that, more than twenty years ago, we established the Outstanding Student Awards to celebrate the exceptional successes of our younger generation,” declared Benoit Labonté, president and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal.

Since twenty-two years, the Board of Trade has organized an annual Outstanding Student Award competition to acknowledge the excellence of our young people in the following four categories: Science - Mathematics, Arts, Social sciences - Languages and Vocational Education.

“I would like to warmly congratulate all the winners as well as the 70 finalists in the 22 nd edition of this competition, who all demonstrated remarkable ability. Their success pays eloquent homage not only to their talent and perseverance but also to all those who played an active role in their education. We can be proud of this upcoming generation; they are a guarantee of our future prosperity,” added Labonté.

The winners:

In the Science - Mathematics category, the winners are:

Gold – Thea Van Rossum
Quebec Association of Independent Schools
Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's School (ECS)

Silver – Yining Xu
English Montreal School Board
Royal West Academy

Bronze – Xuan An-Binh Nguyen
Commission scolaire de Montréal
École secondaire Joseph-François-Perrault

In the Arts category, the winners are:

Gold – Stéphanie Sauvé
Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l'Île
École secondaire d'Anjou

Silver – Samara Fox
Quebec Association of Independent Schools
Lower Canada College

Bronze – Dumitru Dragutan
Commission scolaire de Montréal
École Saint-Luc

In the Social sciences – Languages category, the winners are:

Gold – Michael Paci
Fédération des établissements d'enseignement privés
Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf

Silver – Rachel Desbiens-Després
Fédération des établissements d'enseignement privés
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie

Bronze – Jean-Baptiste Lacombe
Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l'Île
École secondaire d'Anjou

In the Vocational Education Program category, the winners are:

Gold – Nicholas Jones
Lester-B.-Pearson School Board
Pearson Adult and Career Center

Silver – Julie Matlin
English Montreal School Board
St. Pius X Culinary Institute

Bronze – Hélène Parent
Commission scolaire de Montréal
École des métiers du meuble de Montréal

The gold, silver, and bronze medallists received scholarships of $1,000, $700, and $300 respectively, as well as a gold,silver, or bronze plaque, as well as. This competition highlights the academic achievements, personal attributes and team spirit of our future executives, entrepreneurs, specialists and technicians.

The Outstanding Student Awards is made possible by the financial support of Fédération des Caisses Desjardins du Québec, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, Bell, Air Canada, Alcoa Canada, Aon Parizeau / Aon Reed Stenhouse, Bombardier, Diners Club International, Samson Bélair/Deloitte & Touche, SNC-Lavalin Group, SSQ Financial Group and The Gazette.

The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has some 7,000 members. Its primary mission is to represent the interests of the business community of the Greater Montreal and to provide individuals, merchants, and local businesses of all sizes with a variety of specialized services to help them achieve their full potential in terms of innovation, productivity and competitiveness. The Board of Trade is Quebec's leading private economic development organization.

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Source:
Sylvie Paquette
Coordinator, Media relations
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
Tel.: (514) 871-4000, ext. 4015
sylvie.paquette@ccmm.qc.ca