Westwood's 2018 Awards Assembly
Last week Westwood assembled to recognize academic, artistic and athletic excellence in our students for the 2017-2018 school year. The following is a list of our awards recipients. The full album of pictures from the event can be found here. There are also views of the assembly available on our YouTube Channel.
Congratulations to all of our students on continuing your persuit of excellence.
The Perseverance Awards will be presented to one student in each grade level, of this our current school year who demonstrates:
A strong work ethic
Determination in overcoming obstacles
Dedication to success
Our 2018 Perseverance Award Recipients are:
Grade 7: Owen Paluch & Hadley Williams
Grade 8: Rhyz Jalon
Grade 9: Hafsah Mohummed
Grade 10: Jonas James
Grade 11: Isabella O-Sullivan & Horizon Chief
Grade 12: Jade Tulk
The Citizenship Awards will be presented to one student in each grade level, of this our current school year who demonstrates:
Respect for diversity and the view of others
Is highly regarded by staff and students
Assumes a leadership role in school activities and in the community
An excellent attitude to education and school life
Community spirit and is an outstanding citizen of the school
Our 2018 Citizenship Award Recipients are:
Grade 7: Brianna House & Ryan Perera
Grade 8: Mina Alsoufi & Kasvi Mavani
Grade 9: Riya Mehta
Grade 10: Ella McDonald & Morgan Bowie
Grade 11: Nifemi Adebayo
Grade 12: Layal Abbas & Christian Cao
The Wood Buffalo Spirit Award is a prize given out by the YMM International Film Festival. This year our own Calder Fadden was celebrated for winning the Wood Buffalo Spirit Award (on behalf of the Green Initiative) at the Fort McMurray International Film Festival. He produced a a short documentary on the Green Initiative, which highlighted the groups many successes and can be viewed on our Westwood YoutTube channel. Our award winning Green Inititaive, led by Mr. Dulku, also received the title of the Second Greenest School in Canada from the Canada Green Building Council. Calder also was selected this year to participate in The Alberta Emerging Musicians Festival as part of The Alberta Wind Symphony.
WISEST - Stands for Women in Scholarship Engineering, Science & Technology, with the intention to provide a scholarship to women who are interested and excel in these fields. It is a six week paid internship in research at the University of Alberta. Please join us in congratulating Golie Masoumian for participating in her internship in the engineering lab at the University of Alberta. She cpntributed to a project on electical disturbances.
SHAD - SHAD is an award-winning enrichment and entrepreneurship program and network that empowers exceptional high school students, at a pivotal point in their education, to recognize their own capabilities and envision their extraordinary potential as tomorrow’s leaders and change makers.
This summer, Hannah Forward attended the University of Saskatchewan to for a month long program on STEAM-based (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education.
The Multiculutral Association of Wood Buffalo World Human Rights Day Confernece - The United Nations' Human Rights Day is observed on the 10th of December every year; a day to honour the UN's adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Multicultural Association hosts an annual conference to educate members of the public on Human Rights in the context of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Mariam Arain represented the Youth in Wood Buffalo as the selected Youth Speaker at this event and she shared her experiences at Westwood through our volunteerism classes.
Minister’s Youth Council in Sept. of 2018 - In September Jeremy Christopherson and Krish Shah represented FMPSD and Westwood at the Minister’s Youth Council. Jeremy and Krish were involved in giving direct input to Honourable David Eggen, the Minister of Education on issues that directly impact students in such areas as discrimination and racism and breaking the stigma around Mental health.
The Alberta School Board Association of Alberta offers support and builds the capacity of school boards and individual trustees, ranging from advice and training to leadership, development, governance and advocacy. Collectively, ASBA administers a balanced viewpoint to government and other stakeholders, and speaks on behalf of all its school boards. This year their annual conference was attended by Devshri Lala, where she was honoured by being asked to sit on a panel for discussion of issues and represented students from across the city on the provincial platform.
Suncor Arts Award - We have some very talented Artists at Westwood who placed in the top 5 for their artwork at the Public School Exhibition at the Suncor Business Center. They were honored in a public ceremony last year and their work was on display at McDonald Island park. We wish to take this opportunity to congratulate them for their artistic achievement.
1st Place Farah Sadek
2nd Place Heta Patel
3rd Place Abigail Everson
4th Place Hyeqa Ahmed
5th Place Arianne Darveau
5th Place Jasmine Bunch
Westwood students are also very talented in Drama, and participate annually in the Regional One Act Festival where youth compete against other schools from around Alberta in a variety of categories, including best actor, play and director.
Skylar Dupont won for Best actor at the 2018 Regional High School One Act Festival in the play Haiku. She also won for, Actor in a Role at the Provincial Festival.
Brooklynn Zaharchuk was also part of the Regional award winning best play, Haiku- directed by Arpita Islam & stage managed by Arianne Darveau who graduated students in 2018. Gracie Hilton, another of our graduated students also participated in this production.
SUNIA is the North America's longest running Model United Nations, which is a one week summer seminar program. For 65 years they have provided students across the world with the opportunity to meet UN delegates, learn and talk about world issues, engage in simulations covering a variety of social issues, with a focus on how the Security Council is organized. Students are given a country to represent, and an international issue to debate and discuss. This year we had two Westwood student represent at this seminar, and who were given the opportunity to interact with diplomats from the UN and listen to their stories and experiences.
Please join us in congratulating Goalie Masoumian and Meerali Taylor for their participation in the Sunia Program.
Work Experience Standard of Excellence Award is given to students who received 30 work experience credits last year. Although we have many students reach this level, many of them graduated last year. We would like to recognize the 6 students who earned 30 work experience credits by the end of grade 11. Please come down to receive your Award.
In order for students to qualify for the Honour Roll, students needed to have an average of 79.5% -89.4% in five subjects. These subjects must have included ELA or FLA or Francais, two core subjects and 2 option classes in the appropriate grade level. Students needed to take a full course load, earning a minimum of 40 credits in the school year.
In order for students to qualify for the Honours with Distinction Award, students needed to have an average of 89.5% -100% in five subjects. These subjects must have included ELA or FLA or Francais, two core subjects and 2 option classes in the appropriate grade level. Students needed to take a full course load, earning a minimum of 40 credits in the school year.
Last Year's Grade 10 Honours with Distinction
Nina van Genderen
Last Year's Grade 10 - Top 5
Palaash Kolhe 95.6
Declan Webb 95.8
Soham Limbachia 97.4
Last Year's Grade 11 Honours with Distinction
Arianny Hernandez Anaya
Jonathan van der Berg
Taniel Van Niekerk
Last Year's Grade 11 - Top 5
Christian Cao 95.0%
Hyeqa Ahmad 95.2%
Anupam Jay 95.8%
Dakshkumar Patel 96.8%
Jeremy Christopherson 97.6%