Press release: The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal honours twelve secondary-school students

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Added on 22 May 2002 in Press releases

Press release

The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal honours twelve secondary-school students

Montreal, May 22, 2002 - Twelve Secondary V and vocational education students from Montreal school boards and private educational institutions today received an Outstanding Student Award 2002 from the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. The award ceremony took place during the final business luncheon of the season, at which explorer and lecturer Bernard Voyer was guest speaker.

For the past twenty years, the Board of Trade has organized an annual competition to reward the excellence of our young people in the following four categories: Arts, Social Sciences/Languages, Science/Mathematics, and Vocational Education. The gold, silver, and bronze medallists receive a palmtop computer, a gold, silver, or bronze plaque, as well as scholarships of $1,000, $700, and $300 respectively.

The winners:

In the Arts category, the winners are:

Gold – Kerianne Wilson
Royal West Academy, English Montreal School Board

Silver – Maude Nepveu-Villeneuve
Collège Mont-Saint-Louis, Fédération des établissements d'enseignement privés

Bronze – Marielle St-Laurent
École secondaire Des Sources, Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys


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

Gold – Patricia Riopel
École secondaire Saint-Georges, Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys

Silver – Stéphanie Rondeau
École secondaire Honoré-Mercier, Commission scolaire de Montréal

Bronze – Catherine Rousseau-Saine
École secondaire Paul-Gérin-Lajoie-d'Outremont, Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys


In the Science – Mathematics category, the winners are:

Gold – Tanya Castelino
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal, Quebec Association of Independent Schools

Silver – Laurence Girouard
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie, Fédération des établissements d'enseignement privés

Bronze – Antonio Pistilli
John F. Kennedy Comprehensive High School, English Montreal School Board


In the Vocational Education category, the winners are:

Gold – Jacinthe Émond
École des Métiers du Sud-Ouest de Montréal, Commission scolaire de Montréal

Silver – Vanessa Geiring
Rosemount Technology Center, English Montreal School Board

Bronze – Gabriel Campeau
Centre integré de mécanique, de métallurgie et d'électricité, Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys



The Board of Trade wishes to congratulate the winners as well as the 73 finalists in the 20th edition of this annual contest. These young people have demonstrated competencies and creativity, and their talent reflects well on the family members and teachers who have influenced them. They are fine representatives of the younger generation.

“The economic prosperity of Montreal depends largely on the quality of its pool of well-trained human resources to ensure the development of a knowledge-based economy. The Board of Trade is committed to investing in our young people: they represent the future of our economy,” declared Benoit Labonté, president of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. The Board of Trade also works to encourage young people to stay in school and acknowledges the excellence of Ph.D. students.

The Outstanding Student Awards are made possible by the financial support of the Fédération des caisses Desjardins, Ernst & Young, Pfizer Canada Inc., VIA Rail Canada, the ministère de l'Éducation du Québec and The Gazette.

The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has more than 7 000 members. Its mission is to be the leading group representing the interests of the Greater Montreal business community. The objectives are to maintain, at all times, relevance to its membership, credibility towards the media and influence towards government and decision-makers.