A local student is among the three Canadian students to receive the Paul-Charbonneau Scholarship.
Sébastien Whissell, a graduate from École secondaire catholique Champlain (Chelmsford), was presented with the scholarship during the annual convention of the Fédération nationale des conseils scolaires francophones (FNCSF).
Valued at $1,000, this scholarship is presented by the Fondation Éduquer en français to a high school graduate from each of the three regions of Canada (Atlantic, Ontario and West/North). This scholarship, awarded for the first time to a Conseil scolaire catholique Nouvelon graduate, aims to encourage the pursuit of post-secondary studies in French in a minority setting in Canada, while rewarding academic success, leadership skills and community involvement.
A recent graduate of ÉSC Champlain, Sébastien Whissell maintained an overall academic average over 90 per cent in Grade 12 in addition to maintaining an exemplary academic performance in grades 9, 10 and 11.
Semi-finalist for the prestigious Loran scholarship, Whissell was greatly appreciated in high school for his involvement in various committees including the Student Parliament where he served as Prime Minister and held the role of ambassador for the organization French for the Future, a press release said.
Whissell also participated in fundraising activities to build a drinking water system in a developing country and took part in humanitarian missions in Guatemala.
He is also the recipient of the Governor General's Academic Medal awarded to the student graduating with the highest average at the completion of his secondary school studies. Additionally, this former Champlain student is the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor Award for Volunteerism in recognition of the more than 1,000 hours of community service accumulated as a secondary school student.
"It is with a sense of great pride that we see Sébastien, a graduate of ÉSC Champlain, stand out at the national level in light of his academic successes, community contributions and leadership skills," said Paul Henry, director of education and secretary-treasurer at Conseil scolaire catholique Nouvelon.
"Recognized for his Francophone pride, this student made a world of difference in his school and his community."