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by Erin Anderson - Thursday, May 23, 2013
Every year the grade eleven students at SJHS face a choice. They must elected the new members of the following year's Grad Class Executive; the students who will be responsible for planning, budgeting and organizing the events that will make their grad year truly memorable. Last week, the nine candidates delivered their speeches in hopes of being elected to the G.C. Executive of 2014.
As a result, Saint John High school's new grad class executive is now made up of:
Julia Loparco - President
Ashley Milton - Vice-President
Josh Shanks - Treasurer
Erin Anderson - Secretary
Each has a very unique personality, and all are looking forward to working together to create fun, original, and exciting activities for you! We're hoping to make 2014 the best grad year yet!
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by Lindsay Alchorn - Thursday, May 23, 2013
May 26th will be the most exciting day of your life. Forget prom. Forget graduation. Don't even consider the day you got your license. The Fuzztival, taking place from 9-2 at the SPCA on Bayside Drive will trump them all! There will be cats, dogs, venders, magic and unicorns. Maybe... Help your fellow hounds support the orphaned animals at the SPCA; we have been working on some pretty unique crafts to sell and will be running a silent auction at our table. Please see the attached pictures for some of available our items! Hurray SPCA Club! Meow for Now, Ms. Alchorn
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by Samantha Wright Allen - Thursday, May 16, 2013
This article is courtesy of Telegraph Journal
Nadia Kashetsky knows the meaning of the overused refrain that hard work pays off. She knows it 60 thousand times over. That’s the amount, in dollars, that Kashetsky earned when she became one of this year’s 40 Schulich Leader Scholarship winners from across Canada.
The 17-year-old Saint John student is in her last year of high school and since Grade 10, she’s been dreaming of a future in dentistry or medicine. But she knew it would be expensive.
“My goal for the past three years was to get my way paid through university to take the burden of money off my parents, so I did everything, like every little test was to keep my average up to get a big scholarship,” Kashetsky said. “It’s such a relief that I completed my goal.”
She beat out close to 1000 other nominees for the scholarship, which is awarded at 20 selected universities in Canada to 40 high school students enrolling in an undergraduate degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. It is funded by billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist Seymour Schulich, who identified leadership in these subject areas as important to push Canada’s economy forward.
“I was kind of in awe for a little bit,” Kashetsky said. “Once I accepted it, it’s pretty real now.”
The full-time Ivy League student received the offer in March, but it wasn’t until last week that she decided on the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, partly for its kinesiology program and partly for the additional $20,000 staying in her home province would give her. She was also offered a $40,000 scholarship at Acadia University in Nova Scotia.
Her mother, Faith Kashetsky, recalled the moment Nadia’s father Herzl Kashetsky – who is a well-known artist in Saint John – told his daughter the news.
“She called him at noon hour and he opened up the letter and read it to her over the phone and he was crying and she was crying, because she worked very hard.”
Faith said she is most proud that her daughter’s hard work will be rewarded.
“She doesn’t study enough to get by; she studies so that she knows everything there is to know. Anything she has ever tried to do, she’s just worked at until she got it. Whether it was tying her shoes, snapping her fingers, blowing bubblegum, she’s just always worked hard.”
Nadia already has her next goal. She said she wants to maintain a high GPA during her chosen major in kinesiology so she can ultimately pursue dentistry.
“I’m more detailed and I like working with my hands,” Nadia said. She also plans to train with UNB’s swim team.
“I’m really interested in sports and how the body works.”
That’s how her nominator Todd Cormier, a guidance counselor at Saint John High School, first met Kashetsky as a volleyball coach three years ago. He also directs her volunteer work in a reading tutor group, made up of strong Grade 12 students who work with Grade 9 students who struggle in reading. She’s also a lifeguard in the summers and has participated on student council.
“She’s just one of those students that I think is extremely motivated, but at the same time she doesn’t lose sight of humanity and being a team player,” Cormier said. “She’s very thoughtful of others and willing to help where she can.”
Saint John seems to have a history of success. Last year Brady Hooley from Saint John was declared a Schulich Leader and he also chose to attend UNB.
Cormier said it’s notable that two local students achieved a national award in academic excellence back-to-back.
“If you look at what I would consider some of the highest awards offered just strictly in the Maritimes, this would be up there and then some.”
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by Ms Lewell - Sunday, May 12, 2013
On a rainy Saturday at UNBSJ, your SJHS Greyhounds cheerleading team won the 2012-2013 provincial banner. This single-day competition was the culmination of the team's hard work since the fall, back when they cheered sidelines for the football team. It's a very long season - it takes months to learn and perfect the performance routine and stunts in addition to learning the sidelines for football. There have been some injuries along the way, but the team persevered following stiff competition from STM, HTHS, CNHS, SHS and others. Congratulations to all the girls and boys of the team! Special congratulations to team captain Shelby Hughes, who has captained two SJHS teams to provincial banners in this, her grade 12 year. Her leadership was key to the team's success. Thanks also to Coach Leanne Charlton - what a fantastic way to celebrate her 20th year coaching your greyhounds cheerleaders. And of course special thanks to the faculty advisory team of Ms Butler, Ms Lewell, Ms Turnbull and Mrs B. White, for the many hours of supervisory time. Please take a look at our photo gallery for photos of the championship-winning routine.
Ms. Alchorn photo/SJHS
by Lindsay Alchorn - Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Hello, kiddos! Last semester the SPCA Club came took its first steps on tentative paws, then roared into action. We get together every Wednesday in the media centre to discuss fundraising ideas and plan volunteer days, the latter of which we spend walking dogs and playing with kittens. We usually go once a month right after school and stay for an hour, though many of our members have started volunteering on their own time as well! From September to December we baked, created, and sold to raise $500 that was donated to the shelter just before the winter break. This semester we have held a bake sale and the very successful “Toonies for Tuna” campaign; thanks to Hounds with good hearts and deep pockets enough was raised to donate 78 cans of tuna that can be used to coax traumatized, rescued felines to eat. We are now working on our next campaign, the details of which I will later reveal, and welcome any new members who would like to join at our weekly meetings in the media centre. Meow for Now, Ms. Alchorn
by A. Colwell - Tuesday, April 30, 2013
One of our Gr11 IB students has been accepted to the Perimeter Institute’s ISSYP program. We have only had a couple of students attend this fully funded program which supports the development of budding physicists. The two week program is held in Waterloo, Ontario. ISSYP is an exciting and challenging two-week program for Canadian and international high school students who have a keen interest in theoretical physics and intend to pursue physics studies at the university level. This year, Samantha Kieffer has been selected to attend! Congratulations, Samantha!
Ms. Turnbull photo/SJHS
by Ms. Turnbull - Sunday, April 28, 2013
Trip to Drama Fest : The proceeds of this painting will go toward the SJHS Drama Club’s trip to Fredericton on May 9th to participate in Drama Fest 2013. The students have been working since September on two plays, both of which are student-directed. An exciting additional feature is that one is a collaborative work, written by the students in the play.
About Gerard Collins : Artist Gerard Collins, a native of Saint John, is one of Canada’s finest painters. Having studied at the St. Martin’s School of Art in London, England, followed by a year of studying with Gerhard Richter in Dusseldorf, Germany, Collins completed his studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he furthered his exploration of conceptual art. Not only can his work be found in many private collections but also in many corporate collections, such as the National Gallery of Canada, the New Brunswick Museum, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the University of New Brunswick, Mount St. Vincent University, and the Owens Art Gallery. Collins has served on juries for the Canada Council and has won numerous grants and awards, including the 2001 Strathbutler Award.
Details of painting : oil on canvas t 3’ x 4’ t approx. value = $3600
Details of auction : Deadline: Monday, May 27th, at 10:00 pm t payable to: Saint John High School
Bidding details : bids to be submitted by email to email@example.com
Bid updates : Once you have submitted your bid, you will be added, as a Bcc, to a distribution group that will receive regular updates on the highest bid. As much as possible, the highest bid will be updated daily on the SJHS website; however, the distribution group will contain the most current information.
by Ms. Morrell - Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Saint John High School Lady Greyhounds ripped, rucked and ran their hearts out at this year’s Ruggers Challenge! The Hound’s first game was played Thursday night against Harbour View. They established themselves right away as a mighty force on the field. Gaia Carpenter and Kate Dunn ran in four tries and converts were achieved by Gaia Carpenter and Shania Maguire. The final score for this match was 26-10. Our Hounds found themselves on the pitch against Harrison Tremble for game two on Friday. Once again they were relentless. Shania Maguire and Gaia Carpenter ran two tries in and Gaia made a convert. The final score for this was 12-0. The final game was played in the rain and mud against Rothesay High but nothing could stop the girls. They were able to run in two more tries (Erica Abagku and Gaia Carpenter) and one convert. The score of the final game reached 12-0. What a great start to our season!
Way to Go Hounds!
Our first regulation play will be held this Wednesday at Millidgeville 1 field with kick off at 5:30 against Hampton.