Students Receive Lieutenant Governor's Medal for Academics, Service to School and Community

Sixteen AVRCE students received the Lieutenant Governor's Medal at a ceremony in Halifax on May 3. Presented by His Honour, The Honuorable Arthur J. LeBlanc, ONS, QC, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, these medals are awarded to two deserving grade 11 students from each high school. The medal recognizes students for leadership and service in the school and community, and commendable performance in the courses in which they are enrolled.

Congratulations to the Lieutenant Governor's Medal recipients on their achievements and contributions!


Samuel N. Cooper – Annapolis West Education Centre

Sam has maintained honours with distinction throughout his middle level and high school years.  He has been the team captain for both the school basketball and volleyball teams this past year.  He has been a member of the high school band since he was in grade seven.  In grade nine, Sam received the NSSAF Exemplary Participation Award.  Also this past year, Sam pushed himself outside his comfort zone and became a member of Kings Theatre and was a cast member in a number of productions.  As well, Sam has been an active volunteer at the local pool and church.  He has achieved the Bronze level in the Duke of Edinburgh Program, plays the guitar and is a swimming instructor and National Lifeguard.


Finn K. Hafting – Annapolis West Education Centre

Finn has maintained an impressive academic standing during his years in school.  He has achieved honours with distinction in all of his middle level and high school years and is completing the AP Capstone program.  Outside of the classroom, Finn is involved in a diverse number of activities.  He is a member of the school band, robotics club, social issues club, Annapolis Royal Space Agency and the Annapolis innovation lab.  He is a member of the school track and field, badminton and rock climbing teams.  Finn is a lifeguard at the Annapolis pool.


Jacob Benoit- Avon View High School

Jacob has achieved an impressive academic standing in all subject areas.  He has been actively involved in athletics as a valued member of both the cross-country and track and field teams.  Jacob has displayed leadership in these sports, leading the cross-country team to medals at both the regional and provincial levels, while also earning individual medals at both levels.  Jacob has volunteered as a coach at the middle school level, in both track and field and cross-country running, and has worked as a volunteer curling instructor to children aged 8-11.  He has also demonstrated community service and leadership as a volunteer day camp counsellor for the Town of Windsor. 


Jessica Carver- Avon View High School

Jessica is a top-notch student who demonstrates her leadership skills in her school and community involvement.  She is an active member of the WE Act Committee, working on numerous fundraising events.  She works as a mentor to disadvantaged youth, spending time each week with younger students in the community who would benefit from an older role model.  She also serves as a student ambassador, providing assistance and a friendly face to students who are new to the school.  Her leadership was recognized last summer, when she was chosen to attend the Nova Scotia Legion Leadership camp.  Jessica is also heavily involved in the 4-H program, where she has the opportunity to exercise her leadership skills in numerous ways. 


Hannah Stoddart - Bridgetown Regional Community School

Hannah is an honours student whose full range of interests makes her an ideal candidate for the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal.  At BRCS, she has won the scholar athlete award as she is on numerous teams:  cross-country running, soccer, volleyball, basketball, badminton, and track and field.  Hannah is also involved in community sports, swimming with the Bridgetown Sea Kings and Middleton Missiles, and playing Tier 1 soccer with Valley United.  As well, she is a soccer referee, swimming instructor and lifeguard.  Hannah has gained work experience through volunteering with the Lawrencetown Volunteer Fire Department, March Break Soccer Camp (Kentville indoor facility), Middleton District Soccer Association, BRCS cafeteria, Girl Guides and the Bridgetown Baptist Church; all while maintaining exemplary academics.


Max Wolverton - Bridgetown Regional Community School

Max an impressive student taking accelerated education in mathematics and science is an excellent candidate for the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal.  He is always challenging himself through NS Virtual School, the Advanced Placement Program working toward the AP Capstone diploma and completing the grade 12 requirements with a 99% average while still in grade 11.  Max has received many scholar, athletic, and citizenship awards including the High Achievement AP Calculus Award while he was only in Grade 9.  Max’s other interests include playing in two school bands, track and field, Face aux Questions and some construction work last summer.  Max plans to attend Dalhousie University in the Interdisciplinary Sciences Program with a focus on Medical Sciences.


Alyssa A. Little - Central Kings Rural High School

Alyssa is a motivated student, an avid member of the Annapolis Pony Club, plays the piano and French horn, as well as being a soccer player both in school and in the U21 Women’s League.  She is also a yearbook editor this year.  Alyssa does not back down from challenges.  She challenges herself to do her best, encouraging and supporting others so that all are successful; be that in school, with her teams in soccer, or in Friday Night Quiz Team for Pony Club.  Alyssa aspires to be a veterinarian and she is well on her way to achieving that goal.    


Jillian V. Smith - Central Kings Rural High School

Jillian is an excellent student, an avid athlete, and a dedicated member of the community.  Her academic success is evidenced by her 95% and higher average.  She has participated in high level basketball and soccer programs, both in school and the community.  Among Jillian’s contributions to her community, she is an active volunteer with a focus on sport and personal development; helping younger athletes and special needs individuals to learn skills and build their capacity both in sport, and in life.  Jillian is a respectful, responsible and considerate individual, who gives freely of her time for the betterment of those around her.


Celine L. Opitz – Horton High School

Celine is a grade 11 International Baccalaureate student who first came to Horton High School in grade 10 with an exemplary academic record.  She also brought with her a strong background of school involvement in soccer, dance, basketball and Terry Fox fundraisers.  Within the community, Celine has volunteered at the hospital, the Windsor Elms Nursing Home and currently volunteers at her church where she helps with children’s worship and youth group activities.  Celine participated in the Kings Community Concert Band and is a member of the Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble.  She fosters a connection to her German Heritage as a student and volunteer at the German Heritage School in Halifax. 


Chloe E. Symons – Horton High School

Chloe is an honours with distinction student with an impressive academic and extracurricular record.  She supports global and international awareness through her roles as the president of the Interact Club and as an International Student Ambassador at our school.  Chloe participated in the following school groups and clubs: Me to We,, Cross-Country Running and more recently the Horton Operation Christmas Box, Respect For Diversity and the Horton Multicultural Climbing Club.   Chloe participates in a Girls’ robotics team, climbing team, community orchestra and the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir.  Additionally, she teaches violin, played a role in a Birding Project at Acadia University, and is the coordinator of children’s crafts at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market.  


Elyias J. B. French – Middleton Regional High School

Elyias is truly an impressive young man and a valued member of the Middleton Regional High School community.  Not only does he have an impressive academic record, but also makes significant contributions to his school and the community.  Described by his teachers as enthusiastic and positive, Elyias is a student council leader and contributes in a myriad of ways including a wide variety of sports and several high school bands.  He has been recognized for contributions and leadership in track and field and volleyball.  In all his endeavors, he demonstrates maturity, enthusiasm, dedication and natural leadership.  Outside of school, Elyias volunteers at Tim Horton’s Camp and in community volleyball.


Jenna L. Marshall – Middleton Regional High School

We are proud to have Jenna as a member of the Middleton Regional High School student body.  She demonstrates consistently high academic achievement and makes a significant contribution to her school.  Her teachers describe her as conscientious, an exceptionally hard worker, and a strong support for her peers.  Jenna is actively involved in sports including hockey, soccer, and softball.  She is also a dedicated member of the school band and student council.  In recognition of her leadership skills, Jenna was chosen by her teachers to attend the Legion Leadership Camp last summer.  Outside of school, Jenna volunteers her time with the Free Spirits Therapeutic Riding Association. 


Aiden J. Hainstock – Northeast Kings Education Centre

Aiden is an honours with distinction student.  His is a natural leader and a role model as a team player on the Northeast Kings senior boys’ hockey team, ski team and softball team.  He is a valued member of NKEC’s space Balloon Project, the Student Ambassador Club, the Best Buddies Program and is involved with the Duke of Edinburgh Program.  Aiden is an Ambassador for the Giant Bicycles’ community and a strong promoter and advocate for recreational cycling.  He is a member of the Annapolis Valley Mountain Bike Association and leads youth on group rides with Valley Stove and Cycle.  He also volunteers as a youth counselor at Camp Rising Sun. 


Samuel J. McNally – Northeast Kings Education Centre

Samuel demonstrates his leadership by welcoming and supporting people from diverse backgrounds through Best Buddies, Peer Tutoring, Student Ambassadors, Citizenship Committee, Cultural Committee and International Student Ambassadors; as well as volunteering with former refugees, inner-city shelters, and kids’ camps.  He is a positive team player for varsity and AAA soccer, badminton, four bands, Face aux Questions, Brain Wars and Math League.  He volunteers his musical and technical gifts at church.  He is gifted with the clarinet and saxophone and was the recipient of “Best Woodwind Solo” at the Annapolis Valley Music Festival.  He completed a leadership training camp and is now preparing to counsel at a camp for children affected by HIV/AIDS in Kenya this summer.  Samuel has achieved all of these accomplishments while battling adversity with a chronic illness. 


Emily J. Durling – West Kings District High School

Emily has achieved honours with distinction for the past two years and has been the recipient of numerous in-school academic awards.  She is involved in both girls’ varsity soccer, softball and the squash club.  Her athletic endeavours outside of school include ringette and soccer.  Emily has contributed to her community through volunteering at Brigadoon Village Camp and taking on leadership roles in ringette.  She also finds time in her busy schedule to provide childcare for two families in her community.  She has been described as a supportive, dedicated and focused individual who is always a team player.  Upon completion of high school, Emily plans to attend university to pursue a career as a pediatrician or pediatric nurse.


Emma J. Gallant – West Kings District High School

Emma has achieved honours with distinction for the past two years.  This year, Emma was involved in senior girls’ soccer and is a member of the Duke of Edinburgh Program and the West Kings Travel Club.  Outside of school, she is involved in dance, piano and photography.  She is also a certified level 3 soccer referee and holds numerous lifesaving awards.  Emma has received multiple choreography and performance awards in dance, which is her passion.  She gives back to her community through volunteering in many capacities.  Emma has been described as a well-rounded, conscientious and dedicated individual who exhibits a quiet leadership style.  Upon leaving high school, Emma plans to attend university to study architecture or graphic design.


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