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Year Draws to Close at Baccalaureate

Rina Takahashi of Tokyo, Japan, is the winner of Stanstead College’s Pitcher Prize Saturday, the school’s top prize awarded to the student who has exerted the greatest influence for good.
Rina is the school’s first head prefect from Japan and the first Japanese student to win this prize.


Headmaster Michael Wolfe said, “Rina made Stanstead College a better place through her acts of kindness, big and small – a smile here, a word of encouragement there. She didn’t do these things to get attention or to promote herself. She did – and does – them because she truly cares. We are all richer for her exceptional efforts.”

This and other awards were presented at Stanstead’s Baccalaureate and Prize-Giving Service at Centenary Church.

In addition to the Pitcher Prize, Rina was named senior female athlete of the year and recipient of the Yearbook Prize and the Allan Family Friendship Cup, awarded to a student who has shown exceptional friendship, camaraderie, kindness, and support to all members of the school community.

The Wilder Shield, to the junior student with the most positive influence, went to Mariane Picard, Grade 9, of Repentigny, Que. Marianne also had the highest overall average in Grade 9 and earned the Grade 9 English, History and Technology Prizes along with the Sybil Galambos Prize for Français.

The Birks Silver Medal for the highest average in Grade 12 went to Alexander Bimm of Coventry, Vt., who also picked up the Grade 12 Biology, Chemistry, English and Mathematics Prizes along with the senior debating prize, shared with Helen Yao. Alex also won the Thespian Shield for Acting.

Audrey Choi of Weston, Ct had the top overall average in Grade 11 and won the Contemporary World Prize for her grade.

In Grade 8, Xinyu "Cynthia" Zhang won every subject prize by the French-mother-tongue prize.

The senior male athlete of the year was Trevor Grasby of Holland Landing, Ont., while the top female scholar-athlete was Mackenzy St-Pierre of Ogden, and the top male scholar-athlete award was shared by Stanstead residents Will Huckins and Caleb Goudreau. Trevor also won the Davis House Award.

Patrick Young of Derby Line, Vt. won multiple awards, including the Grade 11 English and Economics Prizes, the Faculty-Staff Award, the Leonard McGilton Award and the Ralph V. Merry Award.

The Headmaster’s Award went to Alexandrea Gray of Brownlee, Sask. described as “a constant presence and a dynamic force at school activities” as well as someone who made the most of every minute here.”

The full list of prize-winners is available here. Selected photos at Vidigami.

The guest speaker at Baccalaureate was Claudia Hess, Class of 1983, who told the students that they should find their way with a combination of passion and preparedness. She also reminded them that Stanstead was part of that preparedness and for them to be thankful for it.

"As you leave Stanstead today make a point of grabbing the hand of those special teachers and coaches that made you better. Heck forget the hand! Hug them when you thank them and know it’s ok to cry. Passion is as much about tears as it is about smiles," she said.