UCC students earn high honours

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UCC’s Elliott Vince

A student from Ursuline College Chatham has earned a prestigious $100,000 scholarship to study computing at Queen’s University.

Elliott Vince is one of 100 students chosen for the Schulich Leadership Scholarship – Canada’s largest undergraduate scholarship.

Awarded to high school graduates who are enrolling in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) programs at 20 partner universities, recipients are chosen based on academic excellence in STEM, entrepreneurial leadership and financial need.

Each high school is allowed to put one name forward.

UCC principal Lisa Harnarine said Vince is well-deserving.

“Elliott Vince has upheld a high standard of academic excellence, maintaining final averages of 95 per cent or higher, every year, while balancing part-time employment and many extracurricular activities,” Harnarine said in a media release. “Elliott has consistently demonstrated an outstanding work ethic, time management and organizational skills throughout his years at UCC.”

Vince said he’s honoured to receive the scholarship.

“So many people have helped me reach this point – my parents, sister, family, friend, teachers and mentors, and countless others, to whom I am beyond grateful,” Vince said in a media release. “Ultimately, this is a blessing, so I will use everything I learn and acquire from this incredible opportunity to positively change the world.”

Another UCC student has also received top recognition in Chatham-Kent. Samantha Lozon has been chosen to receive the Dr. Parry Award as the top female graduating student in the municipality, for excelling both athletically and academically, while contributing to the community as a whole.

Lozon has a long list of accomplishments. On the court, she contributed greatly to multiple LKSSAA & SWOSSAA championships in basketball, tennis and badminton. In badminton singles, Lozon won gold and bronze OFSAA medals.

Off the court, Lozon was part of the UCC Alliance Club, the UCC Cares Club and led as a Lancer Link leader with Grade 9 students. She was also elected to serve as UCC’s Catholic student trustee for the St. Clair Catholic District School Board.

All the while, Lozon maintained academic excellence with a 98.5-per-cent average throughout her four years of high school.

Samantha Lozon

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