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November 23, 2017 - Press Release - Holy Spirit Alumni Named 2018 Rhodes Scholar - article up until - Dec 08,2017

Holy Spirit Catholic School Division is incredibly proud to announce that alumni, Iain Sander, has been selected as a 2018 Rhodes Scholar!  The Rhodes Scholarships to Oxford University are considered the oldest and most prestigious international scholarships for outstanding scholars from any academic field of study. Funded by the estate of Cecil J. Rhodes, 11 outstanding students who demonstrate a strong propensity to emerge as "leaders for the world's future" are selected each year from across Canada to continue their postgraduate studies.

As a French Immersion student, Iain Sander attended Ecole St. Mary, St. Francis Junior High School and Catholic Central High School. A Chancellor's and Loran Scholar, Iain graduated from Queen's University with First Class Honours in Chemical Engineering, receiving the medal in Chemical Engineering for highest standing in his discipline.

Beyond his academic pursuits, Iain is an exceptional leader who has supported a number of volunteer organizations with his skills. He has served as a delegate to the Minister of Education's Student Advisory Council, an ambassador for French for the Future, the first teenage member on a L'Arche Board of Directors in Canada, a volunteer live-in assistant in a L'Arche community in France, a mentor and peer tutor at Queen's University, and the head coach of the Kingston Special Olympics swim team- to name just a few.

Iain, who is currently in his first year of medical studies at the University of Alberta, shares, "I am immensely grateful for the high quality of education I received with Holy Spirit Catholic Schools.  Through support and encouragement, the school community helped me develop a love of learning and challenged me to seek new opportunities for growth."

Notes Superintendent Chris Smeaton, "Iain is a model for what it means to be an exceptional Holy Spirit Catholic School graduate and we are blessed to have had him in our schools.  The fact that he is such a well-rounded and socially conscious individual is a credit to, not only himself, but also the amazing supports he has in his parents, family members, educators, and the community at large."

At Oxford, Iain plans to study orthopaedic biomechanics to help improve the health, lives, and independence of individuals with disabilities.

For more information about this press release, please contact:
Chris Smeaton, Superintendent
Phone: (403) 327-9555



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