Megan Granter is a Grade 12 student at LDSS this year. She is a very busy student who takes advantage of any opportunity that presents itself. Megan’s favourite subjects are Foods, French and the Social Science courses. She enjoys planning her own education and tends to enjoy courses she gets to choose rather than those she is required to take. As well as her courses, throughout her high school career, Megan was involved in Student Council, the iMatter Mental Health team, and is a student mentor this year. She also played field hockey and soccer. This year she also has two jobs outside of school.
Last year, Megan wasn’t sure what she wanted to study so she enrolled in the Dual Credit program. She took courses in Early Childhood Education and Positive Psychology, as well as Criminology and Law. She really appreciated working in the college setting and meeting new people from many different boards. Late last year Megan was looking for a similar opportunity and came across the WISE program offered by the University of Western Ontario. She applied and was accepted and now goes to Western for a Psychology 1000 course one night a week. She likes her professor but finds that it’s very different than going to college as it’s not as interactive. It’s giving her a real taste of university life and she knows what to expect next year.
Next year, Megan is planning on studying psychology through a Bachelor of Science program at either Western or Laurier. She has a good understanding of what she will be going into and is excited to start this new chapter.
From hard work and dedication comes not only success but a sense of satisfaction!
Although Christina is coming back for a 5th year, her post-secondary plan is to go to university to study chemistry or chemical engineering. In her 5th year she plans to take some courses she could not fit in her Grade 12 timetable like 4U Chemistry and 4U Physics as well as some more tech courses that she is interested in, such as manufacturing and costume woodworking. Christina has always loved math and sciences. “I like chemistry a lot and for me it is the most useful because that is what I hope to do more of in university. I like figuring out and understanding how reactions work – what will happen and why”. Math is a pretty close second, however. “I love being able to figure things out and getting to that point where it all makes sense. In math I like how some problems are more challenging than others and there is a great feeling of satisfaction in figuring out more difficult problems”.
It is pretty clear that Christina is not afraid of hard work. “I try to do well in all courses. Even if I don’t like them I still try to do well. I’ve always pushed myself to do the best I can in all areas of my life including academics.” Christina also applies this same work ethic in track, always pushing her personal best. “Sometimes when I haven’t done my best and I know I could do better it bothers me – it’s hard to let go.”
Balancing school with extra-curricular activities has not been easy but it is still a valuable experience for Christina. Sometimes she has multiple projects due, misses school for band or track but still has to get the work done on time. “I think that has helped me become more organized, more focused. Class work in grades 8 and 9 was not that difficult but now I have to study a lot more, there is a lot more work overall and I have to focus more to be able to maintain the high marks needed for university programs.”
Mackenzie McIntosh is an individual who rises up to meet the world. After coming to DCVI in Grade 11, she immediately immersed herself into the life of a student who knew what she wanted. Her love of guitar, reading, writing and music led her to join various groups and provide support to the start of two new groups. She was part of a writing class that started a DCVI newspaper and continues to be an integral member of the newest group to our school - a Health and Wellness group. Mackenzie also joined Student Council and became a valued member of our Coffee House.
Her plan to attend university for a Bachelor’s in Social Work, and eventually her Master’s, comes from her love of wanting to help people. Mackenzie would like to complete a Master’s in Social Work in order to work with Indigenous Communities. She hopes to make a lasting impact on people’s lives and a difference in the world. Seeing so many people around her struggle with mental health has strengthened her desire to help people from all walks of life.
Both Mackenzie’s parents and Mr. Sumstad have impacted her direction and motivated her at the same time. Her parents have always pushed her to her full potential and encouraged her to follow whatever pathway will make her happy in life. She feels that this lifts pressure often felt by others and allows her to focus on her own goals. As a role model, Mr. Sumstad has revealed to her how important it is to give everyone a chance to prove themselves with no judgement.
Mackenzie’s message to all Grade 9 students would be, “Not to stress over the little things - even if it feels like the end of the world. You can turn it around as long as you take the steps to ask for help and admit you may need help. There are people to help!”
Rhys Britton has been a proud Husky since entering the doors of Northwestern in Grade 7. He plans to attend University for Nursing or Business in the fall of 2019. These two programs appeal to him because he enjoys helping others and working as a team to accomplish a shared goal. High school has allowed Rhys to discover his academic strengths, and has also given him the opportunity to explore possible future occupations. He looks forward to the years beyond school, where he will have financial independence and will be able to travel the world. Rhys also looks forward to becoming a respected and high-achieving nurse practitioner or business figure, while maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle.
When asked to speak about a teacher who had a significant impact on his high school life, Rhys responded, “Ms. Stone, my 3U and 4U Physics teacher has had a significant impact on my high school life. While Ms. Stone was teaching me, her ever-growing positive attitude and love for physics truly motivated me to do well. Through this motivation I found that with hard work and dedication, I had the potential to achieve whatever I desired, regardless of the difficulties or obstacles that may be ahead of me.”
Rhys is an incredibly active student and enjoys pushing himself physically to see what he is capable of. He plays on the Northwestern volleyball and basketball teams, participates in Track & Field, and plays on the Stratford Cobras volleyball team. He is also involved in Student Council and the Global Studies Club, as well as helping out at the local YMCA. Rhys has fond memories of the Husky Games competitions he participated in with his homeroom classes, as well as when the school had a bubble soccer tournament in the gym.
To any new Grade 9 students, Rhys advises them to come in ready to work hard and to try to better themselves as a student, as well as a person: “Don’t just look at what NWSS can do for you, but look at what you can do for NWSS to better yourself and others’ high school experience.”
Quinn Driscoll is graduating from CHSS this year after a very successful academic/university level high school career. Quinn has taken every university level class there is. Quinn has been heavily involved in the extra-curricular program at CHSS throughout his high school career. His message to any new student is to get involved - if you study, you can maintain your average and participate in school activities. He has been a member of the Nordic ski team, and cross-country team where he showed great strength and integrity. He has also been active with the Student Council where he has famously become the voice of CHSS on the morning announcements. With Quinn’s strong academic background he is intending to go to the University of Guelph next year to study business and Agriculture Sciences.