On Wednesday, May 3 students and staff in the school board gathered to celebrate excellence in our schools. F.E. Madill was well represented with the following students and staff receiving awards.
Bianca Knop — Student
Bianca has been a valuable, contributing member of the F.E. Madill school community. She has achieved an impressive academic record, while juggling a challenging course schedule, extra-curricular activities and a part-time job. Bianca has been on the Honour Roll in each of her high school years. She is creative, goal-oriented and pays attention to detail, which have all contributed to her success. In terms of extra-curricular activities, Bianca has been a key member of the drama guild and has served as the arts representative on Student Council. She is a co-operative and enthusiastic team member, who is dedicated to excellence. She takes initiative when needed and has innovative ideas to share with others. As well, Bianca connects well with people, which makes her very successful in her role as a voluntary peer tutor.
In terms of community involvement, Bianca is an avid volunteer. She has helped at various homecoming events over the years in neighbouring communities. She volunteered with the local Salvation Army Thrift Shore. As well, she is a long-standing member of the Wingham Minor Soccer club. Bianca has certainly proven that she can make a positive impact on her school and community.
Justin Wall — Student
Justin demonstrates excellence in education. In the classroom he is a diligent student. He maintains good grades, but more importantly, he is always trying to improve what he does. He constructively uses feedback to improve, and routinely offers encouragement and support to others on their road to improvement. Since he was in Grade 9, Justin has been an active part of the Madill community. He is on Students’ Council, is a member of the GSA, has been involved in several Drama Guild productions, and is an active member of Mustangs Making a Difference. He stands up for the rights of others and his actions show that he believes in the power that one person can have to make a difference in their world. Independent of any school organization or class assignments, Justin writes inspirational speeches about equality, inclusion, and kindness, and courageously shares his messages at school assemblies and in his classes. In his quiet and unassuming way, he is a leader by example through his words and actions every day.
Evan Skinn — Student
Evan Skinn is very deserving of an Excellence in Education award. Evan takes his school work very seriously, asking intelligent questions and obtaining assistance whenever necessary. When faced with challenges, Evan perseveres and persists. He uses suggestions and feedback from teachers and peers constructively in order to obtain further success. Evan ensures his work is submitted on time and done to the best of his ability. Evan is always extremely polite, respectful and thoughtful in discussions with teachers and peers alike. He is responsible, independent and very dependable. Evan’s friendly demeanor and optimism have certainly been welcomed and appreciated within the classroom and halls at F.E. Madill.
Evan is quite active within his school and local community. He travelled to Ecuador last year with the Mustangs Making a Difference group from the school, for which he helped fundraise. In Ecuador, they poured a foundation for a school and worked with children. He is a member of the Nordic skiing team and travelled to OFSAA this past winter. He also participates on the Cross Country team.
He is currently cooping at the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority and is hoping to pursue a career in Resource Management.
Nancy Cook — Teacher
Nancy has been with Madill since 2001. In her time at Madill, Nancy has become a fixture at the school for students and teachers alike. Nancy is a mother figure for many students who often confide in her when they are having problems. They trust Nancy and affectionately refer to her as “Cookie.” Students often take repeat courses with her because of her gentle and humorous way with kids. If there is any event going on at the school that requires food, Nancy is often seen working late hours not only preparing for the event, but cleaning up also. She generously lets others use her kitchen as needed, and works to keep it in order for the next person.