Robert Tait McKenzie Scholarship Awards finalists announced

The Almonte Lions Club Charitable Foundation has announced the names of 6 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 6 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: Aidan Dumont, Emma Hill, Pippa Norman, Matt Reid, Sarah Sharp, and Caitlyn Stowe. Each of these students represents 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.

All of the Finalists will all be honoured on Thursday, May 16th.   For 53 consecutive years, the Almonte Lions Club and Almonte District High School have joined together to celebrate the finest achievements of the students. The evening will be held in the gym at ADHS.  Light refreshments will be served.

Each of the finalists will 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 scholarship 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 also 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”.

Special guest speaker for the evening will be Claire Hunter.  Claire is a former ADHS graduate, she is singer, songwriter, actress and, former R. Tait scholarship winner!  We are delighted to welcome Claire home for this very special occasion.

Tickets for the awards ceremony are only $10. 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