High School Honours: OCSB Graduate Award Recipients 2022-2023

In this series, we applaud the difference-makers who have graduated with honours across the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) community of high schools. These outstanding students were recognized with an OCSB graduate award at their graduation ceremony this year. Congratulations to all the graduating students who received awards this year. We celebrate every bit of progress you made towards a promising future!

The Director of Education Award for Academic Perseverance

This award is given to a graduating student who has persevered in completing all the requirements for obtaining an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, including the community service component and has demonstrated courage and determination while facing and overcoming adversity. Recipients of this award will receive a certificate and a $1,500 bursary.

Here are this year’s recipients:

Kayleigh BourgaizeAll Saints High School
Maya HamadHoly Trinity High School
Ferdous SediqiImmaculata High School
Téah ForbesLester B. Pearson High School
Genet AbrahamNotre Dame High School
Emily LawsonSacred Heart High School
Evandro MpembeleSt. Francis Xavier High School
(Student Would Like To Remain Anonymous)St. Joseph High School
Dalal KulaibSt. Josephine Virtual High School
Lauren BeavisSt. Mark High School
Emma Flynn-MantylaSt. Matthew High School
Nabhan HamidSt. Mother Teresa High School
B’Elanna RobinsonSt. Patrick’s High School
Izzy WasilkaSt. Paul High School
Julianna UmadacSt. Peter High School
Ava PallottaSt. Pius X High School

The Director of Education Graduate Student Award

These students exemplify the Ontario Catholic School Graduate expectations and have been accepted at a university or college. Each award winner achieved a high academic average in their Grade 11 and Grade 12 subjects and completed all Ontario Secondary School diploma requirements while consistently demonstrating positive social attitudes throughout their high school years. They are self-directed, responsible, lifelong learners who develop and demonstrate their God-given potential. They are caring individuals who attend to the needs of their family, school, parish and community. Recipients of this award will receive a certificate and a $1,500 bursary.

Here are this year’s recipients:

David RosochaAll Saints High School
Hephzibah OmunizuaHoly Trinity High School
Melody BerhaneImmaculata High School
Pablo GonzalezLester B. Pearson High School
Ralf Mitchel BurlasNotre Dame High School
Troy ArambuloSacred Heart High School
Lilly MeechanSt. Francis Xavier High School
Erika MurphySt. Joseph High School
Monica DimitrovaSt. Josephine Virtual High School
Amelia HinesSt. Mark High School
Lauren UngerSt. Matthew High School
Gemma ValliereSt. Mother Teresa High School
Gabriella WestSt. Patrick’s High School
Ansh KakkarSt. Paul High School
Amy MacDonaldSt. Peter High School
Amanneet SandhuSt. Pius X High School

Walking Towards Reconciliation

The winners of this award have been involved with an initiative, project or event that has tried to encourage reconciliation, demonstrating empathy and understanding of the context, culture, perspectives or history of Indigenous peoples. Through daily actions and behaviours, they have shown an appreciation of the value of Indigenous cultures to Canadian society. Recipients of this award will receive a certificate and a $1,000 bursary.

Here are this year’s recipients:

Celina NguyenAll Saints High School
Rileigh SandemanHoly Trinity High School
Alu Mary UnimnaImmaculata High School
Flavia IngaribeLester B. Pearson High School
Iya MendozaNotre Dame High School
Gabriella ReitanoSacred Heart High School
Abbey RichardsSt. Francis Xavier High School
Trevor NgSt. Joseph High School
Sharaphaajan SivapalanSt. Josephine Virtual High School
Alice NesrallahSt. Mark High School
Jenny BangoubSt. Matthew High School
Lily CyrSt. Mother Teresa High School
Angelina SquirrelSt. Patrick’s High School
Léonie Christelle Lado NguedamSt. Paul High School
Josefine LukaszekSt. Peter High School
Taylor ThibodeauSt. Pius X High School

Inspire Award

The OCSB Inspire award is sponsored by multiple donors, including Deloitte and Kanata Forming LTD. The successful candidate will be a graduating student in an Inclusion, DE or ECL program who was eligible for “school to 21” programs. The recipient of this bursary displays a positive attitude toward their studies and demonstrates good citizenship through a positive contribution to life at school and/or in the community.

Here are this year’s recipients:

Ziggy BeckerImmaculata High School
Jocelynne PetelleLester B. Pearson High School
Ariana BoyceNotre Dame High School
Chloe LawsonSacred Heart High School
Hayward BarrowsSt. Mark High School
Noah ChodnickiSt. Matthew High School
Daniel Baldwin -CunninghamSt. Mother Teresa High School
Halim BitarSt. Patrick’s High School
(No students eligible this year)St. Paul High School
Ben BourassaSt. Pius X High School
Hailey FrostSt. Francis Xavier High School

Destination Employability Award

This award is given to graduating students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the Destination Employability program at their high school. The following students have completed their Ontario Secondary School diploma or certificate requirements and show exceptional talent for their chosen pathway. Recipients of this award will receive a certificate and a $500 bursary.

Here are this year’s recipients:

Kaden MiriguayAll Saints High School
Efrem TeweldeHoly Trinity High School
Miguel Heredia TobarImmaculata High School
A.J. LamotheLester B. Pearson High School
Mohamed ElagamiNotre Dame High School
Kierran O’DonnellSacred Heart High School
(Student Would Like To Remain Anonymous)St. Francis Xavier High School
(Student Would Like To Remain Anonymous)St. Joseph High School
Casey WilsonSt. Mark High School
Damian RochonSt. Matthew High School
Aleksandr TenSt. Mother Teresa High School
Ali AboodSt. Patrick’s High School
Adoni ZitoSt. Paul High School
Joseph GaudreauSt. Peter High School

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program Award

This award is given to graduating students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program at their high school. They have completed their Ontario Secondary School diploma requirements, including the community service component and demonstrate a special dedication to pursuing a career in the skilled trades. They also have:

  • attained outstanding success in the view of their employers and cooperative education teachers;
  • demonstrated a well-rounded achievement in their education and community involvement; and
  • attained exceptional achievement in the context of economic, cultural or social barriers.

Recipients of this award will receive a certificate and a $1,000 bursary.

Here are this year’s recipients:

Samuel PampenaAll Saints High School
Nicholas Le’CountHoly Trinity High School
Ameer Issa-ThageelImmaculata High School
Keren KatunguLester B. Pearson High School
Kenneth MeierNotre Dame High School
Wyatt BelangerSacred Heart High School
Gabriel O’ByrneSt. Francis Xavier High School
Leah CraneSt. Joseph High School
Christopher GillisSt. Mark High School
Jodi BeltranSt. Matthew High School
Holly StoylesSt. Mother Teresa High School
John ByrnesSt. Patrick’s High School
Katelin LaflammeSt. Paul High School
Nicholas RinoSt. Peter High School

Want to see more High School Honours recipients?

Check out all the recipients of the 2023 High School Honours in these additional posts.

  1. High School Honours: OCSB Catholic Graduate Award Recipients 2022-2023
  2. High School Honours: Be Community Awards 2022-2023
  3. High School Honours: Additional Graduate Awards & Scholarships 2022-2023

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