The Almonte Lions Club Charitable Foundation has announced the names of 10 Almonte District High School students who are the finalists for the prestigious Robert Tait McKenzie Scholarship Awards.

Finalists were nominated by their peers at ADHS in recognition of their contributions to school life, academic excellence, and volunteer service and leadership in the greater community. A committee of ADHS staff and Lions, then selected the 10 finalists.  They represent the very “best of the best” at ADHS.

The candidates being honoured for their “Joy of Effort” (McKenzie’s plaque which hung at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics) this year are: Jacob Bergevin, Keira Fuchs, Robert Gardiner, Griffen Henshaw, Jack Irvin, Sara Milligan, David Morton, Amelia Norman, Laura Reid, and Lexi Welk.  Each of these students represent the qualities and ideals McKenzie modeled.  All of these students are amazing people who our community can take great pride in recognizing.

McKenzie, an 1883 ADHS graduate, was a medical doctor, athlete, artist and sculptor. He restored an old grist mill, which he named the Mill of Kintail in 1931.  The Mill is his memorial displaying some of his sculptures, and mementos from his lifetime.

Finalist will all be honoured on Tuesday May 16th beginning at 6:30pm. As this is the 51th consecutive awards night, it will be held back in the gym at ADHS, where so many memorable events have occurred over the years.  Coffee, and desserts etc. will be served.

Each of the finalists will be given 3 minutes to highlight their contributions in the 3 areas central to the award– academic excellence, leadership in athletics and school life, and community spirit and involvement. Two winners will be announced at the conclusion of the evening.  This honour carries with it a monetary scholarship and a miniature bronze replica of the Joy of Effort plaque. Their names will be added to a plaque which hangs in the main hall of ADHS.  A review of the names on this plaque reveals many former students who have progressed to distinguished careers since leaving high school. Bursaries will be offered to the other finalists reflecting the conviction that truly “all are winners”.

Tickets for the awards ceremony are only $10. each and are available from Baker Bob’s, the ADHS office, or from Lions Club members. Usually a large number of community members purchase tickets to show their support for the high calibre of students that ADHS generates. This display of support for the young leaders of tomorrow reflects the community pride and shared participation in their development.  The old adage that “it takes a community to raise a child” is lived out in practice at this event.  The evening begins at 6:30 pm.  All are welcome to come and celebrate.

For more information, or to discuss the scholarships further, please contact Bob Bassett, Chair of the Almonte Lions Club Charitable Foundation, at 613-256-4720 or by email at bassetts4@sympatico.ca