Chapter One complete…

Classof2013On Thursday, I finished the first chapter of my life by graduating from Kingston Vocational & Collegiate Institute.  My graduating class was about 300 kids, with more 80% graduating with honors (academic 80% average) and Ontario scholars of which I was one. I remember walking across the stage, my brothers and sister cheering, apparently my mother cried, my father could not stop taking photos they was so proud and happy.

Besides being an Ontario scholar, I was also the recipient of couple of awards and scholarships. With the first award, my name with forever by etched on the walls of K.C.V.I. as it in engraved on a plague.

AdrienLangloisThe Adrien Langlois Award (Physical Education)

Awarded to a graduating student who has completed a minimum of three physical education credits including PSE4U (Sport Science). The student is considered the best overall physical education student as determined by the Healthy Active living department

The Sandy Prentice Memorial Scholarship

The scholarship is designed to recognize the efforts and accomplishments of a graduating K.C.V.I. student with an identified communication disability. The student must have demonstrated outstanding and persistent effort in overcoming the challenges of their learning difficulty such as reading, writing, organization or social skills. The student must also demonstrate a high degree of academic competence, the ability to self advocate and self regulate, and some level of contribution to the school community in the area of sports, clubs, or student leadership.

IMG_8776Graduating from high school was an extremely important moment for me, since at five years old, my parents were told I would never learn to read or write so not to bother to try and teach me. I have dyslexia, severe auditory processing communication disorder to be more exact, so much so that when officially tested, I scored in 1st percentile.

There is often a misconception about dyslexia, most people think of people reversing letters or numbers; however dyslexia is about learning differently, and auditory processing disorder is a broad umbrella for people who have difficultly either understanding or expressing ideas or information either verbally or written. For an overview about various types of auditory processing disorder check out the Wikipedia article.

This is the first time I have publicly acknowledged my learning challenge. Mainly because I never ever wanted anyone to treat me differently or for one minute think that I could not do something. Personally, I think it is a learning GIFT, since I just learn differently and the list of famous people with dyslexia is very extensive including Muhammad Ali, Cher, Robin Williams, Albert Einstein and many more.

RedeemerAlthough, I had been accepted at Dalhousie and Acadia, I will be attending Redeemer University in Ancaster, Ontario this fall studying Kinesiology, with  goals of becoming a physiotherapist and a national level archery coach.  To all who read this, do not let anyone else dictate your path in life. You can achieve anything you want to, it just takes a little hard work.

Advertisements

Stacey Levitt Women And Sport Memorial Scholarship

I am very pleased to announce I am one of this year’s Stacey Levitt Women And Sport Memorial Scholarship recipients.  It is an honor to be one of this year’s five recipients that include Angel Anderson of Edmonton, Alberta, Sheena Dubyk of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Alannah MacLean of  Sudbury, Ontario and Jenna Spencer, Mount Currie, British Columbia.

With over 500 applicants, this year it is a special honor to even be considered for this prestigious award. Past recipients include Hayley Wickenheiser of Calgary, the University of New Brunswick Red Blazers Women’s Varsity Hockey Team and the Ottawa Banshees Women’s Sports Club.

The Stacey Levitt Women and Sport Scholarship is in memory of a very special 18 year old woman who was struck down by a car while she was jogging on Aug. 30, 1995.

She was a superior athlete, a top student, and loved by many. She participated in sport for the sheer joy of the experience. She loved the camaraderie, the team work, and the competition and she displayed that love in many sports – swimming, scuba diving, tai kwon do, triathlon, gymnastics and jazz. Stacey always strived to be the best she could be, and filled her life with joy and meaning.

The Stacey Levitt Women and Sport Memorial Scholarship, is awarded annually to a young woman, a girls’ team, or a sport organization that exemplify Stacey’s ideals and qualities.

The scholarship is in its sixteenth year of being awarded and as the first archer ever selected, I have a special thanks to Stacey’s parents, Ned and Cheryl Levitt, and the complete selection committee, and promise to continue my efforts to carry on Stacey’s dreams.

“Believe in yourself! You can do whatever you want if you really set your heart to it”  Stacey Levitt Poem, 1989, Age 12