CORNWALL, Ontario – On Monday, June 3, YourTV held their annual Youth Achievement Awards with the support of the Optimist Club of Cornwall.
Students were recognized in three categories and each category was divided into three divisions.
Students were celebrated for At my Best, Caring is Cool, and Difference Maker. Each category had a Grade 4 to 6 division, a Grade 7 to 8 division and a Grade 9 to 10 division.
In the At my Best category for the Grade 4 to 6 division, the semi-finalist was Kyrie Dickenson-Macdermid of Bishop MacDonell Catholic School with Serenah Villeneuve of St. Peter’s Catholic School taking the first place award.
“Serenah Villeneuve is a hard working, responsible, creative and a reliable student who displays helpful actions, a positive attitude, generous spirit and keen awareness of empathy. She shows initiative, always looking for new ways to get involved,” host Shawna Mecteau said. “Serenah is truly a positive role model and leader with a desire to make the world a better place, especially with regards to environmental issues with the Eco Schools group. Each month she assists the Kindergarten children during her school’s mass while also volunteering to organize technology for assemblies and helps with the milk program.”
In the Grade 7 to 8 division for At my Best, Tyson Lapierre of St. Andrews Catholic School took the finalist spot with Devin MacCrimmon of St. Matthew’s Catholic Secondary School being the semi-finalist. For the Grade 9 to 10 division it was Aiden Barkley of St. Matt’s as the finalist and Kaitlyn Spicer of St. Joe’s as the semi-finalist.
For the Caring is Cool Category, Erin Dekker and Bryce Delisle were the finalist and semi-finalist respectively for the Grade 4 to 6 division, Estelle Ngwa and Emma Theriault for the Grade 7 to 8 division and William O’Shea and Hunter Mitchell for the Grade 9 to 10 division.
In the Difference Maker Category in the Grade 4 to 6 division, Isabelle Paquette and Mia Rolley were the finalist and semi-finalist for the Grade 7 to 8 it was Kalem Payment and Umaema Khan and in the Grade 9 to 10 division it was Hope Lightfoot and Ben Malyon.