House Reach Competition: Upset First Time in a Decade!

The match was intense this morning in the Theatre! ABW was eager to defend their long-standing tile (7 years in a row) and G-West was eager to break the even longer drought for ladies houses (since 1994 when G-East won). The game started with a lively match between Jr. Andrew P. scoring a 4-point ‘Who Am I?’ question about Queen Elizabeth and Liz G. answering two key team questions (G-West displayed excellent cooperation to answer these questions). The Jr. round ended with G-West ahead.

ABW’s Sr. boys worked hard to close the gap, leaving only a two point differential going into the last five questions. Both Sr. teams were very well rounded, with each player answering multiple questions, certainly the strongest field we’ve had in years! In the end G-West was able to gain a three-point lead, securing the first championship for a girls house in 17 years! The G-West girls are now the proud owners of a tree stump (the prize for this house competition) that has been showcased in the ABW common room for many years.

2011 “D” Company Cadet Appointments

Company Commander of “D Company (CC)  – Major Pip Neill- Morabito

Company Sergeant Major (CSM) MWO – Carter Filion

2nd In Command (2IC) – Captain Rachel Kulhanek

#13th Platoon (Algonquin)

Lt.            Nicholas Bahadoorsingh

Sgt.             Lucas Bonifacio- Proetto

#14th Platoon (Huron)

Lt.            Alex Hebert

Sgt.            Jack Gelbart

#15th Platoon (Iroquois)

Lt.             Annie Hinan

Sgt.            Jacob Campbell

#16th Platoon (Mohawk)

Lt.            Ashleigh Sternberg

Sgt.            Dane Sisnni

Colour Party

Lt.            Sandy Morrison

Sgt.            Ben Court

Sgt.            Luke Court

Mr. Fazzari Goes to Parliament

Grade 10 student Alexander F. travelled to Ottawa over March Break for the Forum for Young Canadians, read about his experience:

From the moment I arrived in Ottawa it was a very exciting time.  I had the good fortune to be in Ottawa during a week when an election was called and I had the opportunity to learn all about its process first hand.  I was able to participate in simulations and panel presentations.  I participated in a simulated election, parliament, and debates while learning how to influence public policy.  The Forum for Young Canadians is non-partisan, so that means that no matter your political leanings, you get to hear from all the major political parties in Canada.

In addition, I learned how difficult it is to make laws and how difficult it is to have your opinion align with those of others in order to get a law written in so that all those involved are satisfied.  This process taught me how to get my opinion heard during a voting simulation by debating issues that were important in a mock government.  I was elected Prime Minister of my group and I presented the group’s issues on immigration to the forum.  I delivered the speech in English and in French to the best of my ability.  For my efforts in speaking French, I received the Second Language Award!  The whole experience was amazing!

I visited the Senate, the House of Commons, the Library, and the public viewing area in Parliament.

I was able to meet and have dinner with the Welland riding Member of Parliament, Malcolm Allen, on Parliament Hill.  Also present at the dinner were other MPs, Senators, and VIPs from across Canada.  We heard speeches from MPs and Ministers about their stories.

I wanted to participate in the Forum for Young Canadians because I am very interested in law and politics and the forum gave me the opportunity to learn more about these topics.

I found the experience to be very enjoyable and informative and it helped me to make the decision to pursue a career in law.

Norman C. Wins Beaverbrook Vimy Prize

The Vimy Foundation has chosen Ridley College student Norman C. to be a Beaverbrook Vimy Prize award winner for 2011.  This award provides young students with a historical perspective second to none, the annual scholarship brings together youth from Canada, the United Kingdom and France, so that they can better appreciate the intertwined history of their three nations and come to understand the bravery and sacrifice of war.

The Beaverbrook Vimy Prize competition also builds upon the legacy of Lord Beaverbrook, (1879-1964), a prominent Canadian historical figure known for his creativity, ambition, leadership and vibrant energy. Born in Canada of modest background, Max Aitken rose as a successful entrepreneur, both in Canada and the United Kingdom where he became an influential newspaper publisher, important Government minister and friend and close colleague of Winston Churchill during World War II.

Winners take part in an intensive scholarship program in Europe, participating in educational seminars and museum events, including visits to the iconic Vimy War Memorial and other historic battlefields and gravesites, in England, Belgium and France.