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Quebec Jr. Champions

VANIER "A" STUDENT IS ALSO AN
ICE DANCE FIGURE SKATING CHAMPION
November 20, 2001

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 for more.



Jabari Arthur

GAZETTE & GLOBAL TV PICKS CHEETAHS
QUARTERBACK AS "ATHLETE-OF-THE-WEEK"
November 14, 2001

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 for more.



Kathy Malas

TOP ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIP WINNER ANNOUNCED AT AWARDS CEREMONY
October 19, 2001

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.



David Zilberman

VANIER WRESTLING CHAMPION FEATURED ON GLOBAL TV & GAZETTE ARTICLE
October 18, 2001

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 Gazette.
Read the story and view the video clip.



Vivienne Lemos

VANIER GRAD WINS FIRST PLACE
IN NATIONAL WRITING CONTEST
August 28, 2001

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 Glen Bremner
Female and Male Athletes Of The Year

ATHLETE-OF-THE-YEAR WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT BANQUET
April 20, 2001

On April 20, 2001, Vanier College Athletics saluted their best at this year's annual Athletics Awards Banquet.
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Vanier College Chess Team
Quebec Intercollegiate Chess Champs

VANIER COLLEGE CHESS TEAM WINS 2ND PROVINCIAL TITLE
April 13, 2001

Standing: Jerry Wong, Andrei Moskvitch, Audrey Laurencelle, Mulanda Kayembe.
Sitting: Jonathan Hayon, Matthew Scott, Igor Perez

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Maria Constandinou & Jessica Koury
Lloyd Elder Scholarship Winners

LLOYD ELDER SCHOLARSHIP AWARD WINNERS FOR 2000-01
April 6, 2001

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.
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DDMT EXCHANGE
PROGRAM MEMBERS

VANIER DDMT STUDENTS FEATURED
IN SAINT LAURENT NEWS ARTICLE
April 3, 2001

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 Laurent News.
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STUDENTS FEATURED IN ARTICLE
ON HOW TO SUCCEED IN CÉGEP
February 17, 2001

Brahm Solomon, Maryse Bouchard, Anthony Di Carlo and Kyle Gervais (left) were featured in a Gazette article on strategies to succeed in CEGEP.
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JULIE CLAVEAU, Top Scholar

VANIER ANNOUNCES 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.



VANIER STUDENT 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.

Vanier Wins Intercollegiate
Chess Championship!
APRIL 25, 2000

Congratulations to our team for doing a wonderful job representing Vanier at the competition held at CÉGEP Édouard-Montpetit over the Easter Break.

This is the first time in the history of this event that Vanier wins first place!



Vanier Architecture 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.

Arch Tech Trip To Paris in "Vanier In Photos"




Richard Mercier

4th Vanier Cheetah to
be drafted in the NFL

Ex-Cheetah, 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.

Mercier Heads Canadian Contingent at NFL Draft (CP, April 11)
Hat Trick For Canadians (Toronto Star, April 17)




LIGEO KATTACKAL

First Winner of the
Lloyd Elder Scolarship

Lloyd Elder 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.



Vanier Cheetahs 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 The Year.
for the full story.

AA HOOPSTERS CROWNED CHAMPIONS
CAPTURE 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 25.

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."


 

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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 click: http://www.21biak.com

 Annual Bridge Building Contest
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 Miller.
(Get the whole story from "Vanier In Photos")





Vanier Science Plus Student Shares Top
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.



Vanier 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.


Vanier Student Athletes Accept Scholarships To U.S. Schools

SEE THE PHOTOS FROM OUR "VANIER IN PHOTOS" WEB PAGE TAKEN AT THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY.

Patrick Kabongo, University of Nebraska
Louis Larouche, University of Tennessee - Martin
Brad Collinson, University of Tennessee - Martin
Marc Calixte, University of Tennessee - Martin
Jackson 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 1st place team
1st: Coleman Benson, Chris Watson,
      Prashant Shandilya, Tim Tabing

2nd: Kris Brunner, James Britton,
       Fabio Banderas, Giovanni Calvi Jr. 

View the complete event from our "Vanier In Photos" page

and "The Great Debate"

1st place - Lincoln Serjue
2nd place - Harminder Kaur-Singh
3rd place - Ugonna Wosu


AVCA Announces Scholarship Winners

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 Montreal Intercollegiate
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

Short Stories:

1. Kimberley Muncey / Stephen Smith
2. Sarah McEvoy
3. Irina Calcan / Cheryl Ann Gundry-White

Poetry
1. Laura Leboeuf
2. Kimberley Muncey
3. Laura Beuadin

Congraulations to all who participated.

 
Congratulations to the winners of
The Gazette Challenge Contest!
Chhun Heng Chhea (far left)
& Matthew Barkley
(left).
The runners-up were Jonathan Landry & Eli Gabbay. Congratulations to all participants!
View the photographs on our "Vanier In Photos" page.

Music Students 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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