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Baccalaureate Highlights Vermonters, Siblings

Emily Willis of Newport, Vt was among the top prize winners at Stanstead College’s Baccalaureate and Prize-Giving Service, held at Centenary Church on Saturday.

Emily had the top overall average in Grade 12 and also earned the the Spofforth Trophy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics, the Arthur E. Curtis Jr. Award (to the top student entering an engineering program), the Trueman-McFadyan Award for the top student-athlete, the Biology and Chemistry Prizes.

Matthew Campbell of Enosburg Fall, Vt, won the Governor General's Medal for the top overall average in Grade 11.

Co-head prefect Quentin Biettron, Grade 12, of Paris was the recipient of the Pitcher Prize, presented to the student who has exerted the greatest influence for good and the school’s top prize. Quentin was also the co-recipient of the Allan Family Friendship Cup along with Nicolas Del Rio Weinberg, Grade 12, of Mexico City.

Head of School Michael Wolfe described Quentin as "someone who is personable, charismatic and a force of nature. He is driven by curiosity, by the desire to improve, and by the mission to live a life of purpose."

Nicolas also earned the Gordon Usher-Jones Memorial Prize, presented to a Grade 12 student who has attended for one and who has made an exceptional contribution through involvement in all aspects of school life.

Quentin’s co-head prefect Alison Barlow, Grade 12 of Newport, Vt., picked up the Director’s Award for Theatre Arts and the Graham Chandler Sportsmanship Award.

Henry Haase, Grade 12, of Montgomery, Vt. won the Rotary Club Service Award, the Community Service Award, the Bugbee House Award, the U.S. History Prize. Brother Oscar Haase won the Grade 11 Math and Physics Prizes along with the Technology Prize and the Banting Award for a returning local student for academic achievement.

Other sibling winners were Ryan and Patrick Young of Derby Line, Vt. Patrick, Grade 12, received the John T. Hackett Trophy for Senior Debating and the Davis House Award, while Ryan, Grade 10, earned the Fountain Family Memorial Award and co-won the Ashworth Scholarship along with Charlotte Riddell of Hatley, Que.

Mackenzy St-Pierre, Grade 12 of Ogden, Que., was named the top female athlete of the year, while sister Avah St-Pierre picked up the Grade 7 prizes for Art, English, Geography, Music and History as well the top overall average in Grade 7.

The top male athlete was Richard Hall of Shelburne, Vt., while the top student-athlete was Philippe Martel of Laval, Que. Philippe also won the Creativity Prize, the Physics Prize and the Sean Kevin Ingutia Music Award.

Mr. Wolfe also had plenty to say about Audrey Choi, Grade 12 of Weston, CT, recipient of the Head of School Award.

"Audrey's intelligence, humanity and quiet determination have earned her tremendous admiration and respect, be it in the classroom, the locker room or in her role as a school prefect," he said. "From putting Post-It notes in her teammates' locker room stalls to tell them how much she appreciates them, to organizing TEDx, she had been involved in, and provided outstanding leadership to, just about every school activity."

The guest speaker of the day was Jason Rodi, Class of 1995, who spoke about dreams and the willingness to fail in the pursuit of something special.

Full prize list available at www.stansteadcollege.com/bacc2019.