27 CCRSB students receive Lieutenant Governor’s Education Medal

Media Release: 
Friday, May 20, 2016

On Thursday, May 19, 27 Grade 11 students from across the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRSB) received the Lieutenant Governor's Education Medal in recognition of their academic performance, leadership and service to their school and community. 

Presented by His Honour, Brigadier-General, J. J. Grant, C.M.M., C.D. (Retired) Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, the ceremony was hosted at Northumberland Regional High School in Westville. CCRSB extends its congratulations to all those students who were honoured.

The Lieutenant Governor's Education Medals are awarded annually to two Grade 11 students from every high school. Students are nominated by their school based on academic performance and qualities of leadership and service demonstrated in their school and community.

The 2016 Medal recipients:

Advocate District School – Jordan William Lawrence MacGillivary 
Jordan is an outstanding member of the school community at Advocate District School. His kind, helpful manner is clearly evident during the school day. Jordan is a good student, maintaining a very acceptable average while being extensively involved in extra-curricular activities and volunteering in his community.  Sports are a very important part of school life in Advocate.  Jordan is a member of the Senior Boys’ Basketball, Badminton, Track & Field and Softball Teams.  Jordan demonstrates his commitment to his community by volunteering as a junior member of the Advocate & District Volunteer Fire Brigade.  He is actively involved in all training, as Level I Fire Fighter, and volunteers in all community events sponsored by the Department.

Amherst Regional High School – Bailey Jordan Chitty 
Baily is an academically outstanding and highly respected student at Amherst Regional High School. She has exceled academically under the rigors of the academic program and is an integral part of the ARHS Band Program. Bailey loves to dance and is a successful, competitive dancer at the Perpetual Motion Dance Academy. Outside of school, she volunteers at local nursing homes as a way to connect with her community. Bailey is often the conversation at school for her commitment to We Day and its yearlong educational program. Without a doubt, Bailey defines this definition as a leader. As a result of this, she has attended the We Day celebration in Ottawa.   

Amherst Regional High School – Adam Richard Gaudet 
Adam is an academically-strong French Immersion student at Amherst Regional High School.  His independence, dependability, and hard work ethic is evident in his academic and extracurricular activities. He balances his high academic achievements through his participation and dedication to the ARHS badminton and track and field teams. Adam has also demonstrated success as an essential part of the ARHS Band Program. In support of his peers, he is an ambassador to the students of the Nova Scotia International Student Program. He has also attended the Encounters with Canada Program in Ottawa exploring opportunities to expand his horizons and the possibilities for an exciting career.

Cobequid Educational Centre – December Olivia Joy Sampson 
December is an academically outstanding bilingual student. She has maintained an honors with distinction standing in the IB/French Immersion program while playing varsity sports and being highly involved in school and community activities. December was the starting libero on the CEC varsity volleyball team, provincial finalist at the Division 1 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Championships and is a member of the CEC Track and Field team. She is a member of student council, the Interact Club, the Anti-Bullying committee, and does shared reading with special needs children. In the community, December has volunteered with the Cobequid Spartans Gymnastic Club, the Cougar Volleyball camp, and a Day Camp for children with special needs. 

Cobequid Educational Centre – Jack Fletcher Lynds 
Jack is an academically outstanding and highly respected student who believes in hard work, respect and doing everything to the best of his ability, evident in both his athletic and academic pursuits. A high performance hockey player and a track and field athlete, as well as in the classroom where his focus, meticulous attention to detail and analytical thinking allow him to produce work of high quality. More importantly, Jack is a young man of character and good nature. He is passionate about helping others and does so on a regular basis in the classroom and through his commitments to CEC’s Shared Reading Program, the Anti-Bullying Committee and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Described by his teachers as modest and unassuming, Jack does not do these things for the accolades, but rather because he believes in doing what he feels is right.  

Hants East Rural High School – Venna Morgan Penney 
Venna is a model student as well as an active participant in her community. She maintains an honours with distinction average while pursuing rigorous extra-curricular involvement. Venna is a member of the Student Council, the Youth Who Care Group, Yearbook committee, Healthy Relationships for Youth and the Varsity Volleyball Team. She has placed third in the Concours d’art oratoire, was nominated for Waterloo Computer Science Program and participated in the Pascal, Cayley and Fermat Math competitions. Venna has also competed in school and regional science fairs. When Venna isn’t in school, she is dancing competitively or volunteering with younger classes. This summer, Venna plans to work at Air Sainte-Pierre and participate in the East Hants Relay for Life. 

Hants East Rural High School – Alyssa Dawn van de Riet 
Alyssa is not only exceptionally strong academically, but also incredibly active in her school and community. While she maintains an honours with distinction average she still finds the time to take part in school events such as Jazz and Concert band, Youth Who Care, Choir, badminton, volleyball, Student Council, and Executive for Yearbook. Outside of school Alyssa keeps very busy dancing and is involved with the local Shu-Mil 4-H Club. She is a member of the Amethyst Scottish Dancers of Nova Scotia, as well as the Halifax Highland Dance Association. Alyssa won a silver medal at the Regional Science fair and is currently competing at the Canada Wide Science Fair in Montreal. 

Hants North Rural High School – Madison MacKenzie Campbell 
Madison is an academically strong student who maintains a balance of school and community involvement. She is a member of the dance committee, has participated in the 30 Hour Famine and is a trained facilitator for the Healthy Relationship for Youth program teaching sessions within the Grade 9 health class. She has been a member of the girls’ soccer and softball ball teams for the last three years. Outside of school activities, Madison has been a committed member of the East Hants Soccer Club, is a volunteer at The Nights of Gore corn maze each year and participates in community roadside clean-ups.  Madison plans to attend St. Francis Xavier in order to pursue a career in nursing.

Hants North Rural High School – Matthew Curtis Hill 
Matthew is an academically strong student who is highly respected among his peers and teachers. Although his main focus is academics, Matthew also participates in school athletics. For the past two years, he has been a keen participant in Math League. Matthew has been a Scout member, a leader, and has received the Chief Scout Award and the Medal of the Maple, two prestigious awards in the Scouting movement. In addition, Matthew has represented Nova Scotia at the World Scouting Jamboree in Japan. Matthew volunteers his time in his home community of Maitland whether at a Gentlemen’s Tea, roadside cleanup, or Launch Day. In the future, Matthew plans to attend Acadia University with an engineering program in mind.

North Colchester High School – Kevin Robert Doyle 
Kevin is an Honours with Distinction student at North Colchester High School who dedicates his time to academics, athletics, his community, and the Canadian Armed Forces. Over the years Kevin has played hockey, basketball, soccer, and softball. In his spare time, he helps coach the Tatamagouche Titans PeeWee hockey team, or lends a helping hand at community events. He is an extremely hard worker who puts his utmost effort into every task he is given. As of this year, Kevin joined the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves and recently graduated from his Basic Military Qualification course. He hopes to pursue a career with the Armed Forces in the near future. 

North Colchester High School – Matthew Alexander Smith 
Matthew is an academically strong student, achieving honors with distinction as well as the highest average in his grade for the last two years. He is a proven leader in and out of the classroom and is well respected by his peers. Matthew participates in Reach for the Top, boy’s leadership and plays on the school's soccer, basketball and softball teams. Outside of school Matthew plays hockey for, and is captain of, the Truro Midget AA Bearcats, the 2016 Provincial Champions. This was the third Minor Hockey Provincial title for Matthew. Matthew devotes time to pucksters on Sunday mornings where he helps to teach beginners the game of hockey. He is also a member of the Christian development committee in his local church. 

North Nova Education Centre – Gaelen Kayne Bent 
Gaelen has achieved an impressive academic standing as a Grade 11 student at North Nova Education Centre. He is currently a member of the Yearbook committee and the Robotics Club.  Outside of school, Gaelen has been involved in the Northumberland Karate Club for a number of years, where he earned a Blue Belt in this sport and continues to train towards a Brown Belt.  Gaelen volunteers his time at the Northumberland Karate Club instructing young students as they learn karate and helping with tournaments. In his spare time, Gaelen enjoys drawing, working on computers and writing.  He is currently completing his first novel.

North Nova Education Centre – Cheyenne Teri Heath 
Cheyenne has maintained a strong academic standing as a French Immersion student at North Nova Education Centre. Named to the Principal’s List, Cheyenne has received recognition for achieving the highest grade in various subjects and is a member of the Interact Club. Outside of school, Cheyenne holds the rank of a Master Warrant Officer and the position of Drill Sergeant Major for the 219 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps of New Glasgow. Cheyenne also competes in biathlons at the regional, provincial and national levels. She volunteers for the local food bank, visits with war veterans, works the Poppy drive for Remembrance Day and looks after lawn and home care for elderly people in her neighborhood.  

Northumberland Regional High School – Kelsey Mikaela Robson 
Kelsey excels in all areas of school life. She is a member of the school soccer, rugby and JV basketball teams and has received numerous awards for her hard work, dedication and sportsmanship. She is a Student Council executive member and has acted as secretary, spirit co-head, Free the Children co-head and Council’s Chief Administrative Officer. Outside of school, Kelsey is a regular volunteer for community events such as the Relay for Life, Coldest Night of the year, the Central and East Pictou Community Health Board and MORE. Kelsey has maintained an average of 93% in her courses through Grade 10, and is currently one of the top students in the International Baccalaureate program NRHS. 

Northumberland Regional High School – Taylor Reid Sutherland 
Taylor is an excellent student and school citizen who has consistently maintained a high level of academic achievement, evidenced by her top-of-the-class standing in the International Baccalaureate program. Taylor is an avid volunteer and has participated in activities such as the Walk for Autism, the Me to We Leadership Camp, Roots for Youth and the Food Bank Drive.  She is also a member of the Free the Children Committee and The Pictou County Intergenerational Communication Forum. Taylor’s volunteering also extends internationally; she has gone on services trips to Nicaragua and India. Taylor is a competitive horse rider and trainer who also volunteers working with animals at Sumac Farms.

Oxford Regional Education Centre – Kelsey Elizabeth Rideout 
Kelsey is a conscientious student who is able to maintain a high average while still participating in extra-curricular activities. She attended this year’s Encounters with Canada for the Science and Technology week, and is an active member of Student Council and Math League. Kelsey is currently a member of the Bears Across Mountains Squad and is an instructor with the Healthy Relationships in Youth program. She also found time to compete with the ski team this year. Kelsey is the Youth Council secretary for the Nazarene Church in Oxford, serves at the soup kitchen at the church and works part-time at Subway, babysitting and tutoring.  

Parrsboro Regional High School – Austin Laurie Trevor Ellis 
Austin is a high achieving student who maintains honours with distinction and a natural leader who exemplifies integrity throughout the school community. In both soccer and archery, Austin demonstrates outstanding commitment, skill and leadership and is a positive role model for other students. He is the vice-president of the Fundy Shore Archery Club and is ranked first in the province for 3D archery and 14th in Canada in his category. Austin is an active volunteer working with the Fundy Shore Auto Club and the local Air Cadet Squadron. As a Duty Flight Sergeant he is responsible for training younger members and has earned many marksmanship awards. 

Parrsboro Regional High School – Ashley Lynn Hamel 
Ashley is an outgoing and talented honours student who is consistently involved in many leadership activities within her school and community. She is the president of the Fundy Shore Archers and has won first place medals in the women’s category. In addition to her excellence in sport, Ashley has captured first place in the Lions Club Speak out competition for the past two years. Ashley’s leadership is also felt through her roles as a figure skating coach, Student Council Leader, Nova Scotia Secondary School Students’ Association Co-Lead, 4-H participant, mentor and judge, and through Junior Achievement position. Ashley is dedicated to others and rises to any leadership opportunity or challenge that presents itself. 

Pictou Academy – Heather Clare MacDonald 
Clare is an honors student who is active in all aspects of student life. As the vice-president of Student Council, she has taken a leadership role in daily school announcements, Spirit Committee, Oktoberfest Committee, IWK Committee, and Winter Carnival Committee. She is a team player who is involved in softball, soccer, basketball, curling and ultimate Frisbee. Clare is a volunteer at the Maritime Oddfellows Home, deCoste Entertainment Centre, Hector Heritage Quay, Tall Ships, and Clean the Air Concert. She is also an active member in her church as part of the youth group and youth choir, as well as a Sunday School Teacher. 

Pictou Academy – Timothy David Shea 
Tim is an honors student who holds himself to a high academic standard. He has received the Principal’s Award, the Bronze level of the Duke of Edinburgh, and is a member of the 90’s Club.  Tim has taken on leadership roles in the Student Council and is a member of the lacrosse, soccer, and curling teams, as well as track and field, cross country and Ultimate Frisbee. Tim is an active member of his community volunteering for Bikes for Kids, We Scare Hunger and Curl for Cancer. Tim also plays competitive hockey, Pictou County Lacrosse and is a member of the Pictou County Cycle Race Team.    

Pugwash District High School – Alissa Claire Anderson 
Alissa maintains an academic standing of Honours and is a senior editor of her school’s yearbook. She can be found daily in the newsroom as Co-anchor, and is an active member of the We Day Committee. She is a valued and experienced member of her schools’ track & field, soccer and ski teams. Alissa formed the International Student Committee and, as Ambassador, helps international students feel welcome with their new surroundings. She has been a member of the local 4-H club for the past nine years; currently serving as Treasurer. She attends NSSSA conferences and participated in this year’s Forum for Young Canadians, Nova Scotia Young Woman’s Conference and Team Tech conferences.  

Pugwash District High School – John Burns Duynisveld 
Leadership requires adaptability and it is this skill that John Burns uses to lead his school and community. He is a strong academic student maintaining a standing of Honours with Distinction. He has attended the Canada-Wide Science Fair on three occasions with great success earning two bronze medals, is a member of the lay ministry team at his church and on the executive of his 4-H club as President. He is a member of numerous school sports teams including curling, cross country and track & field, and competes with the Reach for the Top Team. He works on the family farm in all aspects of animal husbandry and customer service, and has volunteered his time as a peer tutor. 

River Hebert District High School – Sally Jennifer Belliveau 
Sally is a conscientious and well-respected student-leader at River Hebert District School. Insightful and energetic, she participates on multiple school teams and in many extra-curricular activities. Her academic achievements are reflective of her desire to understand the world in which she lives and has earned her numerous awards. Sally is the S.A.V.E. Committee Chair, Yearbook Editor/Developer, Nova Scotia International Student Program Student Ambassador, and an Assistant Basketball coach with the River Hebert Elementary School Mini-Raiders. Sally was recently awarded the Good Sport Award from the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation and was the bronze medalist at the Nova Scotia Skills competition for photography. 

South Colchester Academy – Luke Gordon MacMillan 
An Honors with Distinction student, Luke attended the Canada Wide Science Fair in 2015 where he was awarded a silver medal. He competes in soccer, cross-country and track at the provincial level and was a recipient of the Ron O’Flaherty scholar athlete award. A talented hockey player, Luke played for the Dartmouth Steele Subaru Major Midgets this season and represented Atlantic Canada at the Telus Cup National Championship. Luke is a member of the Brookfield 4-H Club and volunteers as a program assistant for his local Canskate Program teaching children the fundamentals of skating. He has also completed his bronze level Duke of Edinburgh Award. 

South Colchester Academy – Elizabeth Ruth O’Connell  
Beth is the co-editor of the yearbook and plays bass guitar and ukulele in a jazz combo and in a band called Musically Infused. Beth has been in 4-H since she was eight and has been vice-president and president of the Stewiacke Valley Club. Her youth group has raised several thousand dollars for the local homeless shelter, a Syrian refugee family and for Nepal following last year’s earthquake. Beth recently completed a community service trip to Costa Rica, for which she gathered 70 pounds of school supplies and funds to buy 10 ukuleles to donate to the village community center. While there, she taught ukulele to a local school and took part in planting trees in the rainforest. 

Springhill Jr./Sr. High School – Brandon Todd Ray McCormick 
Brandon is an outstanding student who strives to maintain his academic status of Honours with Distinction. He has received many awards in various subject areas for academic excellence.  Brandon has been a team player on the school soccer team since Grade 8 and has received athletic achievement awards including the NSSAF Good Sport Award and The Ron O’Flaherty Scholar-Athlete Award. He volunteers as an assistant hockey and soccer coach where he leads the players in different drills. Brandon also volunteers at the Springhill elementary schools and with The Salvation Army Christmas campaign to help families in need. 

Springhill Jr./Sr. High School – Rebecca Patricia Plamondon 
Becky is an outstanding and respected student. She has received Honours and Honours with Distinction during her high school career, and received Student of the Year in Grade 10 for her academics and work ethic. Becky has participated in Techsploration and the school’s Drama Club. An avid reader she assists the librarian with cataloguing and organizing books, as well as participating in the Book Club. Becky is very involved in the community. She is a member of the Baptist Church’s Youth Group, in which she assists the annual Easter Egg Hunt and Vacation Bible School. Becky also participated in Tidal Impact through the Youth Group, in which they held a food drive for the local food banks.

The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board is comprised of 17 board members and 2,700 staff all striving to develop independent, lifelong learners in a student-centered environment, with high expectations for all. CCRSB serves almost 20,000 students from Primary to Grade 12, throughout the counties of East Hants, Colchester, Cumberland and Pictou.


For more information, contact:

Debbie Buott-Matheson, Communications Manager 
Chignecto-Central Regional School Board

Office: 902-897-8911
Cell: 902-956-8079