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Stanstead Closes School 2023-24 School Year with Baccalaureate

Luke DeLaBruere, Grade 11, of Derby, Vt, took home a significant number of prizes at Stanstead College’s 2024 Baccalaureate and Prize-Giving Service Saturday, while the school’s head prefects shared the Pitcher Prize, the school’s top award.
Luke, who will be next year’s co-head prefect, was co-winner with Enrui “Eric” Zhang of the Sean Kevin Ingutia Music Award for contribution to music in the school; the Technology Prize; the Leonard McGilton Memorial Award (to a local senior student returning to school); the A.P. Gordon Prize for Science; and the Governor General’s Medal for the highest overall average in Grade 11. He also one the following academic prizes: the A. Mackenzie Prize for Grade 11 English and prizes for Grade 11 Chemistry, Contemporary World, Mathematics and Physics.

Fellow Vermonter Madeline Lippmann of Newport was the co-winner of the Pitcher Prize along with Mauricio Lopez Sanchez. The co-head prefects were recognized as the students who had exerted the greatest influence for good. Madelline, Grade 12, also won the Arthur E. Curtis Jr. Award as the top student entering an engineering program; Trueman-McFadyen Award as the top female student-athlete; and the Grade 12 Physics prize.

The top male student-athlete was Jiaxuan “Jacky” Xu of Taizhou City, China. Jacky was also the recipient of the Black Sweater for the third term, presented to a Major S winner with a top overall average.

The overall male student athlete of the year was Chaz Grenier of Stanstead, while the female senior athlete of the year was Camryn Moore of Derby, Vt. Junior male athlete was Liam Sumun of Stanstead, while female junior athlete of the year was Natalia Chenier of Baie d'Urfe, Que.

Noah Grenier, Grade 9 of Stanstead, was the recipient of the Wilder Shield, presented to the junior student with the most positive influence.

Sum Long “Summer” Wong of Hong Kong won the Birks Silver  Medal for the highest overall average in Grade 12 as well as the Spofforth Trophy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics and the Grade 12 prizes for Biology, Chemistry and Economics.

Tyler Battah, Grade 12 of Montreal, earned a number of rewards reflecting his character: the House Director’s Award for Cowen House; the Rotary Club Service Award for service above self in the school community; the Everest Award, presented to a student who has overcome challenges and shown significant improvement; and the Raymond Lester Memorial Award, to the student who has most benefited from being at the school, co-won with Braden Chastanet of St-Lucia.

The guest speaker for the day was Dr. Anchi Numfor, Class of 2012. Dr. Numfor attended Monmouth University, where she played D1 soccer for two seasons, then graduated from Rutgers University, where she played D3 soccer, D1 rugby and graduated summa cum laude with a BA in biological science. Following this, she earned her medical degree at University of Pennsylvania and her master of science degree at King's College London. Dr. Numfor is currently an emergency resident physician at Yale New Haven Health with an interest in health literacy, strengthening healthcare for the African diaspora and mentoring underserved youth interested in medical careers.  

Dr. Numfor spoke of what she remembered at Stanstead College (“je me souvien”…) and how those lessons applied to her after university.