a.m., Nov. 20)
Youth Awards honour
east end's shining lights
By Fred Sherwin
Juzwik and Steffi Didomenicantonio were among 24 youth from across the east
end honoured at this year's Orleans Online Outstanding Youth Awards. Fred
of the east end's most amazing young people were honoured at the Orleans
Theatre on Saturday during the the 4th Annual Orléans Online Outstanding
The awards were
first organized in 2003 to celebrate the exploits and accomplishments of
area youth. Organizers received 42 nominations this year for young people
ranging in age from eight to 18.
submitted a short biography of the person they were nominating which was
passed on to the seven member judging panel. Working independently, the
judges went through the submissions and selected their top 12 candidates.
The lists were then compiled and any nominee who received a minimum of four
selections was bestowed with an award.
Of the 42 nominees,
only two were selected by all seven judges. For the distinction, 17-year-old
Steffi Didomenicantonio, who made it to the top five of Canadian Idol, and
18-year-old Lester B. Pearson grad Camille Juzwik received a special Crystal
Award sponsored by Regimbal Trophies.
Juzwik is currently
attending the University of Ottawa where she is majoring in microbiology.
Last year, she attained the highest average among all four boards in the
east end with a mark of 98 per cent. She also won a gold medal at the city
high school wrestling championships in February and helped launch her school's
Expose! anti smoking campaign.
Beside her experience
on Canadian Idol, Steff D. is also an accomplished puppeteer who writes
her own plays and is an honour student at De La Salle High School.
She is currently
writing her admission exams in anticipation of pursuing her career south
of the border and she's working on a French language play that will be produced
in either Sudbury or Toronto next spring.
Steffi took time
out from her busy schedule to receive her award and bring the ceremony to
a close with a spell-biding rendition of "Sunday Morning" by Maroon
received an Outstanding Youth Award for organizing an Angel Hair for Kids
event at her school. Besides donating her own hair to be used for hair pieces
for kids going through cancer treatment, the nine-year-old recruited 12
of her friends to do the same. The
initiative was so successful that the Angel Hair for Kids organization has
used Sérina's fundraising package as a tool to help others organize similar
Constantineau-Booth is presented with an Orleans Online Outstanding Youth
Award by Tina Chan from the Fallingbrook Travel & Cruise Centre. Fred
Among the 24
award recipients was the Orleans Rebels peewee boys fastball team made up
of Charlie Momy, Andy Barber, Spencer Rodd, Daniel Kemp, Scott Adams, Eric
Dodd, Nick Scott, Matthew Beliveau, Paden Shorey, Tyler Borris and Mark
Stewart that won the Ontario Provincial Championship in August.
included Andrew Both, a 15-year-old St. Peter High School student who is
the chairperson of the highly successful Charity Classic Golf Tournament
that has raised over $40,000 the past two years and Segun Makinde who won
gold and silver in the 15 and under 100 and 200 metre events at the Legion
National Track and Field Championships in Burnaby, B.C. in August and is
also an Honour Roll student at Colonel By Secondary School where he is enrolled
in the International Baccalaureate program.
crowd was entertained throughout the ceremony by some extremely talented
performers from the east end including pianist Claudia Chan; the Cross Town
Youth Chorus; fiddlers Ella and Tessa Bangs; and illusionists Alex Normand,
Léo Trudel and Eric Marcotte from Béatrice-Desloges High School who were
given an extended ovation for their incredible performance.
Fontaine and Dan Pihlainen took time out during the ceremony to acknowledge
the support of the sponsors from all three levels of government, various
community groups and local business leaders for making the awards possible.
Among the this
year's award recipients was Rick Massie who received the Miza Davie Award
for a lifetime commitment to youth for his involvement as a minor football
coach with the Cumberland Panthers for the past 13 years.
Massie was presented
with the award by his long time friend and Panthers' co-founder Dix Lawson.
just a super guy who truly has the best interests of his players at heart,"
This year's awards
were made possible thanks to the support of sponsors like Lacroix Source
For Sports, Place d'Orléans, LOEB, Laporte's Flowers and Nursery,
the Kiwanis Club of Orléans; M.L. Bradley Ltd. and Ace Body Shop..
Last but not
least, Hal MacPherson, Margaret Coleman and a small army of volunteers from
the Navan Lions Club provided the food for the post-awards reception organized
by Fallingtbrook Community Association president Zybina Richards.
For a complete
list of recipients and their accomplishments visit www.orleansonline.ca/OYA.
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