Kudos for Kristen Baker of Harbour Grace

Terry Roberts
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Carbonear Collegiate graduate wins academic medal school honours class of 2011-12

Kristen Baker of Harbour Grace is seen accepting the Governor General's Academic Medal from Milton Peach (left), chair of the Eastern School District board of trustees.

A well-rounded student with an extraordinary academic track record came away with thousands in scholarships and the venerable Governor General's Academic Medal during the annual awards and diplomas night at Carbonear Collegiate on Dec. 18.

Kristen Baker of Harbour Grace recorded the highest overall average among the 130 young people who graduated from Carbonear Collegiate last spring, a distinction that earned her the medal, which is considered by many as the most prestigious award that students in Canadian schools can receive. It was created in 1973.

She also claimed roughly $8,000 in scholarships.

It was an evening that nearly overwhelmed the 18-year-old, who is the daughter of Gary Baker, a medical doctor, and nurse Joy Baker. She has an older sister, Kathryn.

"I'm very proud of all my achievements," Kristen told The Compass.

Kristen is a student at the College of the North Atlantic in Carbonear, where she is completing her transfer year before attending Memorial University in St. John's next fall. She has plans to complete a biology degree, and is considering a career as a physiotherapist.

She described her time at Carbonear Collegiate as "wonderful," and had high praise for her teachers, saying "they helped me succeed."

In addition to her academic excellence, Kristen was also recognized for her extracurricular pursuits, community and volunteer involvement, and her leadership and co-operation by receiving the Retired Teachers' Scholarship.

"I enjoyed all the extracurriculars that Carbonear Collegiate had to offer," added Kristen, who was a member of the choir, band, drama troupe and soccer team.

In all, more than $57,000 in scholarships and other monetary awards were announced on Dec. 18, with the bulk coming from sources outside the school

What's more, 31 graduates achieved honours status.

Meanwhile, the following is a summary of some of the big winners.

° Kristen Baker - graduated with honours French immersion); recipient of a Memorial University scholarship ($3,500); The Fry Family Foundation CNA Leadership Achievement Award ($1,500); Electoral District Scholarship ($1,000); University entrance scholarship ($725); and a Eastern Health scholarship ($500);

° Tyler Butt - graduated with honours; Memorial University entrance scholarship ($2,000); The Fry Family Foundation Junior Leadership Award ($1,000); Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Outstanding School and Community Involvement and Academic Achievement Scholarship ($3,000);

° Mitchell Jones - graduated with honours; awarded the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Scholarship ($1,000); the Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro Scholarship ($1,000) and the Walmart Canada Scholarship ($2,000);

° Colin MacDonald - graduated with honours; Memorial University Entrance Scholarship ($2,000); and the Scotiabank Scholarship v($8,000);

° Dakota Peddle - graduated with honours; the Matthews/Walker Scholarship ($3,000); Memorial University Entrance Scholarship ($2,000); and the Centenary of Responsible Government Scholarship ($1,000);

° Jason Penney - graduated with honours; the Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Scholarship ($3,000); Patrick Tasker Masonic Education Academic Scholarship ($750); and the CeeBees Minor Hockey Scholarship ($500); Jason was also named male athlete of the year;

° Jordan Penney - graduated with honours; awarded a Memorial University Entrance Scholarship ($2,000); and the Electoral District Scholarship ($1,000);

° Laura Kelloway - recipient of the RDC Research Inspired Student Enrichment Award ($6,500). She will be attending the Di Vinci Enrichment Program at the University of Toronto this summer.

° Emily Bishop - graduated with honours (French immersion); Memorial University Entrance Scholarship ($2,000);

° Travis Cole - Dr. Norah Browne Bursary ($2,000);

° Paige Coombs - graduated with honours (French immersion); Leslie Harris Memorial University Scholarship ($1,000); Harbour Grace Volunteer Fire Brigade Scholarship ($500);

° Aaron Finn - graduated with honours; Memorial University Entrance Scholarship ($2,000);

° Alannah Fillier - graduated with honours; Memorial University Entrance Scholarship ($1,000);

° Rebecca Howell - graduated with honours; Tyndale University of Toronto, President's Scholarship of Excellence ($2,000);

° Meaghan Kelloway - graduated with honours; Memorial University Entrance Scholarship ($2,000);

° William O'Keefe - graduated with honours; Memorial University Entrance Scholarship ($2,000);

° Hollie Reynolds - Knights of Columbus Scholarship ($1,000);

° Rhiannon White - Dr. Evan Simmons Aboriginal Entrance Scholarship ($1,000);

° Rhiannon White/KerriLynn Mahoney - (tie) female athlete of the year.

° Brittany Dooley - Carbonear Collegiate Sentinel Award for attendance, academic progress and contributions to the school.

editor@cbncompass.ca

Organizations: College of the North Atlantic, The Compass, Retired Teachers University of Toronto Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Outstanding School Community Involvement International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro Scholarship Walmart Canada Scholarship Scotiabank Scholarship Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Scholarship Patrick Tasker Masonic Education Academic Scholarship CeeBees Minor Hockey Scholarship Knights of Columbus Scholarship

Geographic location: Carbonear, St. John's

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