Beverley Bimm (far left) and Mayor Bob Sweet (far right) presented six students with Outstanding Student Citizenship Awards on June 13. The recipients are Morgan Finley, Rachel Osterholm, Sarah Travis, Marianne Emond, Jeris Chalmers-Wein and Alyssa Yemen, Sarah Travis. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

Outstanding students receive Citizenship Awards

Community News

By: Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2016

Once more, the Town of Petawawa showcased its well-rounded, inspirational young people by presenting six of them with Outstanding Student Citizenship Awards.

This is the 12th year the town has recognized youth for their involvement in their schools and community. According to Mayor Bob Sweet, 87 students have been honoured since the award was created.

“It is a very touching time, certainly for me,” said Sweet. “... Young people often get a bit of a bad rap, but really when you see what they’ve done here tonight, you see that they are in very good shape.”

Alongside organizer Beverley Bimm, he presented Morgan Finley, Marianne Emond, Jeris Chalmers-Wein, Alyssa Yemen, Sarah Travis, and Rachel Osterholm with the distinction on June 13.

“These six young people have accumulated well over 1,000 hours of service to their school and community,” said Bimm. “I suspect that their commitment will go with them wherever their life journey brings them.”

“I don’t know where they get the time to do everything they do and go to school and obviously get some serious marks,” added Sweet, noting parents and family members should also be recognized for raising such stellar children.

“You should be rightly so proud of their accomplishments,” he added.

Fellowes High School student Morgan Finley is described as a model student athlete, demonstrating maturity beyond his years. He participates in and demonstrates leadership in many school extracurricular activities including playing varsity basketball, volleyball, soccer and badminton as well as being a member of the Reach for the Top team. He was named Spirit King due to his efforts organizing school spirit assemblies. He also helps fundraise for his school and the Volleyball Club, and he also organizes and participates in the Hoops for Heart fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. During the summer, Finley plays house league soccer, and referees. Next year, he will attend McMaster University and study Engineering.

Bishop Smith Catholic High School student Sarah Travis has been the creator, editor and photographer of her yearbook. She went above and beyond in time and commitment to ensure that the yearbook was exemplary in quality. She is always conscious and respectful of deadlines and was the first student ever to get 100 per cent for her work. Demonstrating her photography skills, she won first place at Options for her colour photos. Travis is on the executive of the Social Justice Committee, and has volunteered at the Petawawa Summer Library Program and at its haunted house. She helps out at fundraising bake sales and is part of the Teen Advisory Group. She is also a reading buddy, and helped with set design, props and acting in the production of Annie and Alice in Wonderland. Travis will study English at Carleton University with the goal of becoming a teacher.

Another Bishop Smith Catholic High School student, Rachel Osterholm is described as a friendly and caring young woman. As a very strong academic student Osterholm often helps out friends and classmates when they are struggling with a concept in a respectful and caring manner. She is a member of many school committees; Social Justice, Pastoral, Environmental Action and the Prom Committee. She is a member of two book clubs, Red Pine and White Pine. She has worked on the yearbook and does morning announcements. Osterholm is involved in fundraising within the school and helps outside organizations. She is a member of the Petawawa Inclusion Project, an anti-bullying initiative. She draws and paints; all this and she holds down a part-time job as a cashier. Osterholm plans to attend the University of Ottawa where she will study Biochemistry.

Marianne Emond, from Ecole Secondaire Jeanne-Lajoie has been described as a trustworthy and dependable young woman, confirmed Bimm. She shows leadership skills in countless situations, on sports teams, committees and community involvement. Her enthusiasm contributes to a positive environment. Emond is respectful and honest towards all staff and fellow students and her maturity is appreciated by all. She has been the president of the sports committee, and an active member of the school climate council for two years. Throughout high school she has played on volleyball, soccer, badminton and basketball teams, swims with the Petawawa Predators, and plays on both the Petawawa and Pembroke Soccer teams. She attends lunches and dinners with the Sisters of St. Joseph and works at the Petawawa Fall Family Festival. Emond is a counsellor at Camp Soleil and on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic she spent time tutoring children. She will continue her education at Ryerson University where she will study Child and Youth Care.

Studying at Valour J.K. to 12 School, Alyssa Yemen is known as a popular, motivated and friendly person. She has taken on numerous leadership roles while maintaining her own academic standards. Whether its academics, athletics or volunteer work, Yemen always gives 100 per cent and she does it with a smile. Her committed involvement at school and in the community has helped her become a well-rounded, confident and successful young woman. On the Students’ Council, she is treasurer and athletic representative. She is a member of Link Crew, a group of students who mentor grade nine students, and is president of the Athletic Council. She helps to organize in-school events, emcees at assemblies and broadcasts announcements. She also plays on the basketball, badminton, volleyball and softball teams, and enjoys track and field and cross country, and soccer. She plays the piano and, until recently, danced with Stars in Motion. She is a member of the Karate Club and has become a Sensei. She helps coach the badminton and basketball teams at Pine View Elementary School. She helps out with Pine View’s Book Fair. Yemen is a long standing volunteer for the Pembroke Lumber Kings, helping to run the canteen at the Pembroke Memorial Centre (PMC). She plans to do another year in high school.

Also from Valour J.K. to 12 School, Jeris Chalmers-Wein loves being with people, she can energize a room and mobilize resistant persons to get engaged in worthy community events in minutes. She is a Link Crew Leader, mentoring grade nine students. She helps plan student assemblies and does announcements. She helped conduct Students’ Council elections, and coordinate Mental Health Week. She enjoys track, softball, volleyball and cross country. She’s been on the Reach for the Top Team. Chalmers-Wein volunteers at the Anglican Church helping to plan, prepare and serve at their spaghetti dinners. She went to Nicaragua for a Mission Trip and will be going to Africa this year on another. She volunteers at the Garrison Petawawa Thrift Shop, stocking shelves and assisting customers, and at the Heritage Village during the summer giving tours acting as one of the pioneers. The Civic Centre has also benefited from Chalmers-Wein as she has helped with the planning of events, setting up and working in the canteen.

As well as being a Youth Ambassador for Canada, Chalmers-Wein is a Member of Motivate Canada and a youth leader for Activate Canada. She is a St. John’s Ambulance Cadet, helps at the Pembroke Food Bank, runs the canteen at the Petawawa Ski Hill where she also instructs and does custodial work. Since 2012 Chalmers-Wein has volunteered at the upper canteen during Lumber Kings games, and often fills in for special events which she helps organize. Along with her mother and two others, Chalmers-Wein takes part in a non-profit charity to raise money for the Wheels of Hope. When she isn’t volunteering, she works at Wendy’s. She will return to Valour for another year.