Last school year, we launched an unusual recruitment campaign: we made available a once-in-a-lifetime contest experience for North American high school students. Up for grabs was a full year living and studying at St. Michaels University School so they could have their Best School Year Ever!
Our three winners – Santiago Mazoy, Silke Kuhn and Alessandra Massa – have been SMUS students for just two months, and already their school year is living up to the contest’s name.
Santiago has gone surfing in Tofino, hiked up the Forbidden Plateau near Mount Washington and participated in an immersive, four-day marine sciences program in Bamfield under the tutelage of a world-class scientist.
Silke’s travelled to Saskatchewan with the Senior girls volleyball team, and she earned her PADI open water scuba diving certification.
And since her contest win, Alessandra has gone sailing through the Gulf Islands, fly fishing in Sooke – oh, and she travelled to Ottawa to meet one-on-one with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
“It’s more than I could have ever imagined,” says Alessandra. “I’m really, really thankful to be here.”
The 2014 contest produced an outstanding group of student finalists and semi-finalists so we’re doing it all over again. One student will win full boarding tuition for the 2015-16 school year, worth $50,000; and two students will win boarding scholarships worth $10,000 each.
All interested high school students need to do is submit a short video before January 12 telling us about themselves, why they would be a great addition to the SMUS student body, what they like most about school, and what would make 2015-16 their BEST SCHOOL YEAR EVER!
Last year’s grand prize winner, Santiago, and runner-up Silke have some winning advice for students:
“I would advise them to do all that they can at their current school. If you want to come to this school and feel like you’re a perfect fit, you need to be part of the family at your current school and experience everything that you can: clubs, sports, do all your classes, try hard, and always expect good things from yourself.” – Santiago (watch Santiago’s entry video)
“When I entered the contest, I struggled a little bit for what I wanted to put in my video. I had to sit down and think about what my passions were, what I wanted to convey, who I was, what my values were. That’s a good strategy for how you want people to view you, for how you express who you are. Then when we watch your video we know you’re genuine and it gives us a true sense of who you are.” – Silke (watch Silke’s entry video)
Are you ready to enter the Best School Year Ever contest? Check out BestSchoolYearEver.ca for all the details.