Press release: The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal salutes the excellence of secondary school and vocational education students who received the 2006 Outstanding Student Awards

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Added on 30 May 2006 in Press releases

Press release

The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal salutes
the excellence of secondary school and vocational education students
who received the 2006 Outstanding Student Awards

Montreal, May 30, 2006 – The 2006 Outstanding Student Awards of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal were presented today to twelve Secondary V and vocational education students from metropolitan Montreal school boards and private educational institutions. The award ceremony was held during a private cocktail party preceding a business luncheon at which Jacques Parisien, president of Astral Media Radio and Astral Media Outdoor, was guest speaker.

“Education is clearly a decisive competitive factor for a major urban centre like Montreal, and many companies and investors choose to locate here knowing they will find a competent local labour force. We must therefore do everything possible to encourage young people to excel and to instil in them a taste for excellence. It was with this in mind that we established the Outstanding Student Awards, a competition highlighting the efforts of the younger generation and its exceptional successes,” declared Isabelle Hudon, president and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal.

For the past twenty-four years, the Board of Trade has organized an annual Outstanding Student Award competition to acknowledge the competence of young people in the following four categories: Science/Mathematics, Arts, Social Sciences/Languages, and Vocational Education.

“I would like to warmly congratulate the twelve winners of the Outstanding Student Award and also highlight the quality of the work of the 68 finalists.  Once again this year, the contest attracted strong applicants. The winners demonstrated that they have the drive and enthusiasm needed to succeed. I would also like to point out that all the participants deserve our praise. For these young people have shown that they have the determination needed to make their mark in the world and can look forward to a bright future. In a metropolis like Montreal, where the competition demands that companies recruit the brightest talents, I have no doubt they will be able to take their place,” added Hudon.

The winners:

In the Arts category, the winners are:

Gold –  Sean Yaphe
Collège de l'Ouest de l'Île
Fédération des établissements d'enseignement privés

Silver – Christina Clark
Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's School
Quebec Association of Independant Schools

Bronze – Kelsey Allan
Lower Canada College
Quebec Association of Independant Schools

In the Vocational Education Program category, the winners are:

Gold – Carolyn Ashley Hill
Gordon Robertson Career Center
Lester-B. Pearson School Board

Silver – Marie-Ève Savard
École des métiers de l'horticulture de Montréal
Commission scolaire de Montréal

Bronze – Céline Bouré
École des métiers du sud-ouest de Montréal
Commission scolaire de Montréal

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

Gold – Anabel Carmel
Pensionnat du St-Nom-de-Marie
Fédération des établissements d'enseignement privés

Silver – Éric Sullivan
École Internationale de Montréal
Commission scolaire de Montréal

Bronze – Anne Desgagné-Wells
Collège Beaubois
Fédération des établissements d'enseignement privés

In the Science – Mathematics category, the winners are:

Gold – Adrian Veres
Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf
Fédération des établissements d'enseignement privés

Silver – Dimitri Poliderakis
LaurenHill Academy
English Montreal School Board

Bronze – Ali Le Pierrès
Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's School
Quebec Association of Independant Schools

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

The Outstanding Student Awards is made possible by the financial support of Fédération des Caisses Desjardins du Québec, in collaboration with Alcoa, Bell, Bombardier, Gowlings, SNC-Lavalin, PricewaterhouseCoopers, 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