8:30 a.m., July 20)
Wil grad earns near perfect marks, board award for highest
By Fred Sherwin
Kember holds up the Governor-General's Academic
Medal that is awarded to the graduating student
with the highest academic standing in the
recipient's school. Kember will also receive
the D. Aubrey Moodie Award for having the
highest average mark in the Ottawa District
School Board in 2013-2014. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School grad Mitchell Kember
earned the highest average in the Ottawa District School
Board this year, topping fellow grads at Lisgar Collegiate
and Colonel By, with a near perfect 99.83 per cent.
the highest average earned by an east end student in over
10 years and the highest average achieved by a graduating
ODSB student since the inception of the D. Aubrey Moodie
Award in 2006.
earned a perfect mark in five of the seven subjects he
took this year. The exceptions were in physics, in which
he received a 98 per cent, and French.
earning a 99.83 per cent average, Kember also racked up
a number of mathematic awards including Certificates of
Distinction in the Pascal, Cayley and Fermat Mathematics
Contests, the Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest and
the 2013 Senior Canadian Computing Competition.
plans to attend the University of Waterloo this fall where
he will be studying Software Engineering.
the beginning of the school year, Kember's goal was to
simply do the best he could in every subject in order
to earn as many scholarships as possibe, and while he
didn't study every waking hour, he did devout a good deal
of his spare time to making sure he was as prepared as
he could be for each test and exam.
not really super organized so I had to make sure to stay
on top of things and get the work done. I've been improving
my focus and self-discipline with each passing year and
this year was my best yet," says Kember, who tutured
other students during the first semester and played badminton
in his spare time.
second highest mark among the graduating students at the
four ODSB high schools in the east end went to Zi Kai
Chen at Colonel By Secondary School who earned a 97.83
per cent average.
Kember, Chen had to teach himself how to properly manage
his time and not to procrastinate. A common misconception
held by most people is that marks come easy to top scholars
like Kember and Chen and they don't have to study when
nothing can be further from the truth.
do have to work at it. The differnece between 90 and 95
per cent is much greater in terms of the effort you have
to put in, than the trying yo improve your mark from 80
to 85 per cent. A lot of it is psychological. For instance,
when I started out in physics my mark was in the low 90s,
but I took it as a challenge and I studied three times
as hard as I did in my other courses I eventually got
it up to over 95 per cent," says Chen who transferred
to Colonel By from St. Francis Xavier High School prior
to Grade 11.
resident of Manotick, Chen had to walk 1.5 kilometres
to and from his bus stop every day and then ride the bus
for nearly an hour in both directions to get to class
in the spring, fall and winter.
was definitely worth it. Being at Colonel By has made
me a better student and it has really opened up a lot
of doors for me. I was also blessed with a lot of really
great teachers who work extremely hard to get the best
out of every student and helped improve my confidence
in myself," says Chen, who like Kember will be attending
the University of Waterloo next year, only in Computer
top graduating student at Cairine Wilson Secondary School
this year is Chet Parekh with a 95.83 per cent average,
while the top graduating student at Gloucester High School
was Lauren Wise with a 93 per cent average.
top graduating students at the east end's three Catholic
board high schools were not known at the time of publication.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
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