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Carlos Avila ‘16 - Mexico
University of Guelph, Psychology

Like many Mexican boarding students, Carlos was only to spend Grade 9 at Pickering College and then return to high school in Mexico. But along the way he discovered a love of acting that ultimately convinced him to stay. In his Grade 12 year, when cast as lead role Albert Peterson in the full-scale musical production of Bye Bye Birdie, Carlos was already a veteran performer at Pickering College. In the four years he spent on the stage through the drama co-curricular, Carlos, an Ontario Scholar, honed his public speaking skills. A self-taught guitarist, Carlos studied vocal music for three years and also played saxophone in the jazz band.

Margaret Montgomery ‘16 - Canada
Wilfrid Laurier University, Business Administration, Lazaridis School of Business & Economics

Margaret says at Pickering College she enjoyed expanding her perspective through new experiences. “It allowed me to grow and develop as a person.” Counting world issues among her favourite subjects, Margaret says what she learned helped her to better understand “some of the deeper truths and patterns unfolding in the world around us.” One of the biggest highlights of her time at Pickering College was an eye-opening school trip to the Arctic last winter. As someone who loves to try new things, Margaret, an Ontario Scholar, enjoyed being co-captain of the debate team, playing soccer and competing on the Pickering College team at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.

Karen Ji ‘16 - Canada
Royal Veterinary College, London, Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

While at Pickering College, Karen says she learned about the importance of hard work and dedication. “It was vital to my success, both in academics and outside of school.” Describing herself as vaguely artistic, driven and competitive, it was dance that played a huge role in her personal development and helped Karen to overcome childhood shyness. She is passionate about animals which is the main reason she aspires to be a veterinarian. Though she admits her favourite subjects of chemistry and art may seem at odds, the Ontario Scholar says they both capture her curiosity and attention. “Learning how the world functions from a molecular point of view is very intriguing to me.”

Josephine Kanu ‘16 - Sierra Leone
University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Science

Josephine, a boarding student from Sierra Leone, discovered how much she cares about the environment while at Pickering College. Under her leadership, the Green Team launched a number of initiatives that ultimately resulted in the school receiving Gold certification from Ontario Eco Schools. For Josie, an Ontario Scholar, a school trip to Inuvik to learn about Canada’s northern people was a highlight. “Pickering College makes it clear that education is not only about sitting in the class. These experiential trips enrich our knowledge. It is important for us as citizens of the world to know what is going on and to be curious enough to learn about other cultures.”

Petros Anagnostakos ‘16 - Canada
University of Toronto, Bachelor of Music in Performance, Jazz

Petros is passionate about all genres of music and is ‘in his zone’ with his drum sticks in his hands. While at Pickering College, a new course for music composition was developed and offered to provide him with an additional challenge. Petros, an Ontario Scholar, was a vital member of both the band and the jazz band, performing at concerts, events and school fundraisers. He was selected to take part with the Jazz FM Youth Big Band and with the National Youth Jazz Combo (one of only four students in Canada). In his free time, Petros plays at Humber College with the Saturday Music Community Program and writes his own music.

Mandy Coleman ‘16 - Canada
University of Waterloo, Environmental Engineering Co-op

It was during her time at Pickering College that Mandy realized she could be a leader. She played a very active role in school life, ultimately becoming Student Committee Chair. Mandy enjoyed participating in the school’s co-curricular program as a member of the soccer and ultimate Frisbee teams, playing saxophone in jazz band and tackling social justice issues with the Youth Action Organization club. For Mandy, an Ontario Scholar, the biggest highlight of her time at PC was a school service trip to Ghana. “It changed my perspective on the world and shifted my interests towards being a more globally-aware individual.”

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