When The Best School Year Ever® contest became even bigger and better this year (expanding from three scholarship prizes to 10!) we knew it would attract more amazing students eager to win a life-changing education.
This year’s contest became our biggest yet, drawing more than twice as many student entries as last year! That meant our judging panel had a hard time shortlisting just 30 students, and an even harder time ultimately choosing our five finalists and five runners-up.
Congratulations to our five finalists, who will visit St. Michaels University School next Friday (February 24) for their final interview. The winner will be announced March 6.
Our finalists are:
- Tatum Adair is a hard worker who takes the initiative. The judges really liked the cameos in her video featuring people in her life giving her glowing personal references.
- Youssef El Mays is a well-rounded philomath who has a voracious appetite for learning and speaks four languages: English, Russian, Arabic and French.
- Bella Knezevic is charming young woman who is interested in (and excels at) fashion design and visual art, as well as performing arts.
- Zoe Ouimette is an energetic and positive student who, as a recent transplant from Quebec, has mastered English in a very short time. She is also passionate about soccer.
- Tessa Rehill is a creative and confident student who has been exposed to international culture her entire life, most recently as a student at an international school in Tunisia.
And congratulations to these five runners up, who each receive a $10,000 scholarship to SMUS:
- Lisa Du Plessis from Canmore, AB
- Janet Enge | Yellowknife, NWT
- Brayden Heal | Sooke, BC
- Therese Mortejo | Annapolis, MD
- Sadie Sigfstead | Edmonton, AB
Stay tuned to the SMUSpaper on March 6 to find out who is named winner of The Best School Year Ever®.