STUDENTS IN THE NEWS
Quebec Jr. Champions
"A" STUDENT IS ALSO AN
ICE DANCE FIGURE SKATING CHAMPION
Vanier Science student
Andrea Petrucci won first place with her partner
Sylvain Carpentier at the Quebec Junior Figure Skating Championships
which were held November 10, 2001. Next year, Andrea and Sylvain
will compete in the senior division with the likes of Shae-Lynne
Bourne and Victor Kraatz. If you have high-speed access, you
can see videos of their winning programs. Click
& GLOBAL TV PICKS CHEETAHS
QUARTERBACK AS "ATHLETE-OF-THE-WEEK"
Vanier star quarterback
Jabari Arthur was the second Vanier athlete in a month
to be selected by the Montreal Gazette and Global TV as Athlete
Of The Week. (The
other was David Zilberman. See below.) Jabari has shown immense talent, leading the Cheetahs
to an almost perfect season. Click
ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIP WINNER ANNOUNCED AT AWARDS CEREMONY
Kathy Malas was presented the top prize at
the Vanier Entrance Scholarships Awards ceremony held on October
17, 2001 in the auditorium with the top average of 96.2%. The
event was hosted by Academic Dean Peter Ross. Congratulations
to Kathy and all the winners! Click
for the whole story.
WRESTLING CHAMPION FEATURED ON GLOBAL TV & GAZETTE ARTICLE
David Zilberman, a first-year Vanier student,
who won his third consecutive National Wresting Championship
in May was selected by Global TV and the Montreal Gazette as
outstanding Athlete Of The Week. As well as being featured in
a piece on Global TV, David was the subject of an article in
the story and view the video clip.
GRAD WINS FIRST PLACE
IN NATIONAL WRITING CONTEST
Vivienne Lemos, who graduated from Health Science
last spring and went on to attend McGill in Microbiology, was awarded first prize in the Canadian Association of Authors' Annual Writing Contest for her
short story, "Fugue."
Kim Weir and
Female and Male Athletes Of The Year
WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT BANQUET
On April 20, 2001, Vanier
College Athletics saluted their best at this year's annual Athletics
FOR MORE PHOTOS
Quebec Intercollegiate Chess Champs
COLLEGE CHESS TEAM WINS 2ND PROVINCIAL TITLE
Standing: Jerry Wong, Andrei Moskvitch,
Audrey Laurencelle, Mulanda Kayembe.
Sitting: Jonathan Hayon, Matthew Scott, Igor Perez
FOR THE FULL STORY
& Jessica Koury
Lloyd Elder Scholarship Winners
ELDER SCHOLARSHIP AWARD WINNERS FOR 2000-01
Two recipients have been
selected to receive this year's Lloyd Elder Scholarship. Maria
Constandinou and Jessica Koury are both second year students
in Health Sciences.
FOR THE FULL STORY
DDMT STUDENTS FEATURED
IN SAINT LAURENT NEWS ARTICLE
Vanier DDMT students who
are participating in a bilingual exchange program with CEGEP
Saint-Laurent were profiled in a front-page story in the Saint
FOR THE STORY
FEATURED IN ARTICLE
ON HOW TO SUCCEED IN CÉGEP
Brahm Solomon, Maryse Bouchard,
Anthony Di Carlo and Kyle Gervais (left) were featured in a Gazette
article on strategies to succeed in CEGEP.
FOR FULL STORY
JULIE CLAVEAU, Top Scholar
ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD WINNERS
October 18, 2000.
Eighty-eight students received entrance
scholarships ranging from $100.00 to $500.00. These scholarships
were awarded to students beginning full time diploma studies
in the Fall of 2000. They were awarded on the basis of highest
academic average and need. Julie Claveau won the $500
scholarship for her top-rated 95.8% average. Congratulations
to Julie and to all the other winners! Click
here for the whole story and more winners.
SCORES AT CHEMISTRY OLYMPIADE
September 14, 2000.
Francesca Kanapathisinnaiaha, Vanier Health Sciences student, comes from Polyvalente
Lucien Page where she won a special certificate of merit for
her high standing in The Canadian Chemistry Olympiad, sponsored
by the The Chemical Institute of Canada. Congratulations, Francesca!
Left to right, top: Simon Masella, Andrei Moskvitch, Kato Kayembe,
Cristian Constantinescu and Joanne Berta. Bottom:
M aria Constantinescu and Mulanda Kayembe.
Congratulations to our
team for doing a wonderful job representing Vanier at the competition
held at CÉGEP Édouard-Montpetit over the Easter
This is the first time
in the history of this event that Vanier wins first place!
Technology Students Storm Paris!
During the March Spring Break a group
of Arch Tech students had the unique opportunity to view the
architecture of Paris up close. With the support of the college,
they were able to organize a trip with the goal of appreciating
the marvels of Paris landmarks from an architectural perspective.
For more information on their exploits and to view many more
photos, click on the following link to see their page on the
"Vanier In Photos" site.
Tech Trip To Paris in "Vanier In Photos"
4th Vanier Cheetah to
be drafted in the NFL
Richard Mercier Featured in Sports Pages
For the fourth time, a former
Vanier Cheetah football star has been selected in the NFL draft.
LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL of Monday, April 17, 2000 had an extensive
article on Richard's selection in the NFL draft, as well as a
chart detailing all 4 of the Vanier football alumni who have
been drafted by the NFL in the last 5 years. These include Frank
Yeboah-Kodie, Hicham El-Mashtoub, and Tshimanga
Biakabutuka (whose exploits are listed further down this
page). Richard was also the subject of two other stories in the
press which you can view now.
Canadian Contingent at NFL Draft (CP, April 11)
Hat Trick For Canadians
(Toronto Star, April 17)
First Winner of the
Lloyd Elder Scolarship
Scholarship Recipient Announced
April 12, 2000. The first
recipient of the Lloyd Elder Scholarship, presented for excellence
in both sports and the field of mathematics, is Ligeo Kattackal, a second year Vanier student in the Commerce Honours
program. He was involved in competitive volleyball at the high
school level and in community badminton, basketball and soccer.
He continues to participate in competitive soccer and is a soccer
referee with the Pointe-Claire Amateur Soccer Association. Ligeo
has been a participant in various mathematics competitions at
both the elementary and secondary level. He has achieved excellent
results in his mathematics courses here at Vanier. Ligeo was
a Dean's Honor Roll student in H-99. This scholarship has been
established in memory of Lloyd Elder who was a faculty member
of the Physical Education Department at Vanier College from 1973
until his unfortunate passing in 1997.
Women's Basketball Team Captain
Debbie Ruiz Is Named Member Of All Canadian Team,
Mireille Beland Named Quebec Coach Of The Year
Debbie Ruiz, captain of the Vanier
Cheetahs Women's Basketball team, capped off a successful season
by being named to the All Canadian squad, designating her as
one of the top five basketball student athletes in the country.
She also won the Al Silverman Memorial Award, presented to "Player
Of The Year" in the Quebec
Basketball League, at the Provincial Basketball Championships
held March 4-5, 2000 at John Abbott College. Also, in a related
story, Cheetah Coach Mireille Beland was named Quebec Coach Of
for the full story.
PROVINCIAL TITLE IN COACH HERZOG'S LAST SEASON
The Vanier College Men's AA Basketball Team
won the CEGEP AA Provincial Championship the weekend of March
25-26, 2000 in Trois-Rivières in what was a grand farewell
party for coach Andy Herzog who will move on to the AAA ranks
next season. Chris Reid led all scorers in the semi-final victory
(102-91) against Collège Francais with 21 points. Chris
had another strong outing in the final victory against Séminaire
de Sherbrooke (93-73) with 27 points. Keith Delabastide tallied
Captains Chris Norville and Dilip Naayar accepted
the championship banner for a team which Coach Herzog described
as "a great bunch of kids that were always ready to play."
(No photo available)
THE HAGE BROTHERS
LAND MAJOR US FOOTBALL SCHOLARSHIPS
Life is sweet now for the Hage brothers, Rawad and Marwan. After
overcoming a difficult past in war-torn Lebanon, the former Vanier
Cheetah football stars have now landed full athletic scholarships
to the University of Colorado.
Click here for the full story from
Jan.15, 2000. (With permission of the Montreal Gazette)
Photo by Susan Walsh, AP
Vanier Cheetah Alumnus Scores
Big In NFL
Tshimanga Biakabutuka, a former star
of the Vanier Cheetahs football team, who went on to a scholarship
at the University of Michigan, was featured across Canada in
a prominent story of The National Post of October 4/99. The story,
which you can read in full, (with
the kind permission of The National Post) details Tim's amazing
exploits in which he scored three touchdowns in the first quarter
of a game against the Washington Redskins. Known by the nickname
"Touchdown Tim" during his days at Vanier, he was eventually
selected eighth over-all in the 1996 NFL draft. He signed a seven-year,
$12.7-million contract. Way to go, Tim! View his web site
Annual Bridge Building
This exciting contest was held on November 10, 1999 with 27 teams
participating. The goal of the contest was to produce the most
efficient bridge constructed solely with spaghetti and white
carpenter's glue. On the left we see first place winners (efficiency
category) Mau Kei Lau and Mau Pan Lau posing with TLC's Doug
the whole story from "Vanier In Photos")
Vanier Science Plus Student
Honours At Important Competitions
This past year has again been a very active
one for Vanier College Science Plus student PO HIEN
EAR (top). Po, along with her partner ALLY
PEN (bottom) from CÉGEP Bois-de-Boulogne,
received first prize in the Montreal Bell Science Fair. This
gold medal project, which earned them a $1,500.00 scholarship,
focused on integrating an induceable system to regulate protein
expression in both animals and humans.
This dynamic scientific duo competed in the Quebec finals where
their project was one of five selected to exhibit at the International
Science Fair to be held in Mexico in July 1999. Also, they will
be exhibiting at the Printemps du Québec en France, a
scientific exchange in May 1999.
Despite a hectic schedule of studies and science fairs, both
Po and Ally are continuing their recombinant DNA experiment with
the Biotechnology Research Institute in Montreal. Upon Po's graduation
this May, she will continue her studies next Fall in Biochemistry
at McGill University. A resident of Chomedey and a graduate of
Emile Legault, Po is certainly a person who will continue to
make headlines in scientific research and endeavours in the future.
Drummer Beats The Odds
Vanier music student JOSH TRAGER was profiled in an in-depth
story in The Gazette of March 16/99. The article describes how
he overcame adversity and went on to win a scholarship to study
next fall at Boston's renowned Berklee School of Music. Josh
is legally blind, yet he's never let that fact come between him
and his musical dreams.
(Photo at left by Marcos Townsend)
Alan Liddiard Memorial
Award 1998/99 Presented To Xuan Huang
Four excellent candidates applied for
this prestigious award and received 10 letters of recommendation
from faculty and staff. I would like to thank all of you who
participated in this process.
The committee has selected XUAN
HUANG as the 1999 recipient of the Alan Liddiard
Memorial Award. While maintaining an average of 88%, she also
found the time and energy to volunteer in the Learning Centre,
the Science Resource Centre, the West Island Re-adaptation Centre
and the Library.
A truly outstanding young woman, she has already been accepted
into McGill's Engineering Faculty.
She has high praise for the college and her teachers and her
fondest memory of her time at Vanier is winning the Bridge Building
Contest in the Fall of 1998. See
photos from that event.
Patrick Kabongo, University of Nebraska
Larouche, University of Tennessee - Martin
Collinson, University of Tennessee - Martin
Calixte, University of Tennessee - Martin
Bernard, Fordham University
The Learning Centre
is pleased to announce
the following recent contest winners:
"Start Your Engines!"
The Learning.Centre's Formula One 3D Puzzle Contest:
"The Great Debate"
1st place - Lincoln Serjue
2nd place - Harminder Kaur-Singh
3rd place - Ugonna Wosu
AVCA Announces Scholarship
The Association of Vanier College Administrators
is pleased to announce the awarding of scholarships to Melinda
Cape and Mohamad Bakhach. These scholarships, $250.00 each, are awarded to
mature students who successfully combine a very good academic
standing with family responsibilities.
Melinda Cape, a N.D.G. resident, is currently
completing her third year of studies in Office Systems Technology.
Mohamad Bakhach, a St. Laurent resident, is in his second year
of studies in Building Systems Engineering Technology.
Vanier Team Wins
Team Mathematics Contest of 1999.
The contest was hosted and organized by Marianopolis.
Seven teams participated - Two from each of Vanier, Marianopolis
and John Abbott, one from Dawson.
Vanier's first team won the competition. Team
members were all from Science Plus: The winning team consisted
of TAO YE, IGOR KHAVKINE, LANCE CHEN and KAI CAO. The questions were posed
and corrected by McGill professors. Congratulations to both participating
teams who succeeded in keeping up the Vanier tradition of sending
exceptionally strong teams to such competitions.
Vanier's Creative Writing
Contest, 1999 Winners
1. Kimberley Muncey / Stephen Smith
2. Sarah McEvoy
3. Irina Calcan / Cheryl Ann Gundry-White
1. Laura Leboeuf
2. Kimberley Muncey
3. Laura Beuadin
Congraulations to all
to the winners of
The Gazette Challenge Contest!
Chhun Heng Chhea
& Matthew Barkley (left).
The runners-up were
Jonathan Landry & Eli Gabbay. Congratulations to all participants!
View the photographs
on our "Vanier
In Photos" page.
Win Major Scholarships
Two of our Music drumset
students have just won scholarships to the Berklee School of
Music in Boston. Former student Chris
Leroux, $6000 US; and current
student Josh Trager, $4000 US. (See more about Josh near
the middle of this page)
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