The SMUS campus has been buzzing with Best School Year Ever chatter for months now. We launched the 2015-16 scholarship contest in late October, and from the moment the contest closed in January our judges have been painstakingly working to narrow down the list of talented and qualified entrants.
We managed to narrow it down to an outstanding group of 30 semi-finalists, who all went on to complete a full application. With both their application and entry video in mind, our judges then worked tremendously hard to choose our three finalists.
Thank you to every single student who took the time to enter the contest. It was a very challenging decision for our panel to choose just three entrants, but we are very excited to announce the following three students as finalists in our Best School Year Ever contest:
• Shalese Jordan, Lake Echo, Nova Scotia: a driven student who excels in academics, athletics and ambition, Shalese caught our attention by speaking from the heart about her genuine passion for being involved in such a wide variety of life’s opportunities. (watch Shalese’s entry video)
• Bryce Nurding, Astoria, Oregon: as well-rounded as anyone can be, this young marathoner is a natural leader who delighted us with his community-minded attitude and long list of accomplishments that show us he’d be a great fit in the SMUS community. (watch Bryce’s entry video)
• Elizabeth Watson, Comox, British Columbia: this British import, who makes a habit of challenging herself with new experiences, charmed us with her sense of humour, bilingual video and her enthusiasm to make the most out of being a student. (watch Elizabeth’s entry video)
Our finalists and their families will visit us on campus next Friday, February 27, where they face a final round of interviews mixed in with fun opportunities to get to know our school and our city. Everyone here is really looking forward to welcoming them and showing them what SMUS is all about!
Then we’ll have one last difficult decision to make: who will be the recipient of a full-year scholarship and the best school year ever? Check back on the SMUS Review on March 6 to find out!