Luncheon Speaker, Barnaby McHarg
Many students across the province are getting ready to graduate high school in the coming weeks and making plans to start college and university this fall. Two students, Bronwyn Jenkins Murray from New Germany High School, and Paige Power of the Strait Area Education Recreation Centre, were happy to receive news that they will be starting school in September with scholarships they received through Techsploration.
Every year, Techsploration and its partners are happy to offer scholarships to students who have participated in our programming and are accepted into a science, trade, technical or technology-related program.
This year, the Techsplorationâ€”Maritimes Energy Association Scholarship, worth $1,500, was presented to Browyn Jenkins Murray to study in the survey technician program at the Centre for Geographic Sciences. She says, â€œThis post-secondary program caught my attention when my grandfather mentioned my mathematical and artistic skills would be best used in a career like surveying. My strengths in math and art, along with my interest in the outdoors, make this program the perfect program for me… It is because of this scholarship from the Maritimes Energy Association that my dream can happen.â€
A participant in the Techsploration Goes to School events at New Germany High School, Bronwyn is an active part of her schoolâ€™s theatre productions, taking roles in thirteen plays throughout junior and senior high. She is also the 2011-2012 studentsâ€™ council president.
Our second scholarship, the Saint Maryâ€™s University and Techsploration Science Award, is provided by Saint Maryâ€™s University to a young woman pursuing a science degree. This $2,000 scholarship, renewable on an annual basis, was presented to Paige Power, who has been accepted into the Bachelor of Science program. With this degree, Paige hopes to either become a cancer researcher or delve into forensics.
A 2009 member of the Strait Area Education Rereation Centre (SAERC) Techsploration team, Paige has grown into a community-minded young woman, volunteering for Skate Cape Breton, Relay for Life, and SAERCâ€™s Halloween Patrol. She has also been captain of both her schoolâ€™s soccer and basketball teams.
â€œPaige has a tremendous attitude. Her constant smile and positive personality allow her to find time to help her friends even as she works to complete her own tasks,â€ says Mark Spear, a physics and math teacher at SAERC. â€œAs Paige gets ready to move off to university, I see a young woman ready for the academic and social challenges beyond her local comfort zone. I believe strongly that her motivation and dedication to her academics will remain with her in all that she does in the future.â€
Congratulations to this yearâ€™s scholarship recipients! Techsploration is proud of you and your accomplishments and wishes you the best in your studies this fall.