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SMCS Gathers to Celebrate Academic Achievements

The annual Academic Awards Night at St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) brought our school community together for an evening honouring the incredible academic accomplishments of our students.

“It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our students,” says Emile John ’87, vice principal at SMCS. “It is a night where excellence is honoured as we recognize those students who have achieved honour roll standing with an academic average of 80 per cent or greater.”

SMCS Academic Awards | Top students on stage with awards

Each year, students and their families gather to participate in an evening to recognize the hard work, commitment, and dedication that led to their honour roll standing.

Nearly 60 per cent of the student body earned the honour roll distinction in the 2022-23 academic year. Students who achieved 90 per cent or higher were further recognized with a Basilian Book Award and a $300 cheque from the Basilian Fathers. A staggering 121 students received this distinction. Also, at each grade level, students with the top five academic averages were distinguished with Basilian Scholarships totalling $60,000. The generosity of the Basilian Fathers saw close to $100,000 given in awards and scholarships.

SMCS Academic Awards | Student receiving award from Fr. Andrew Leung

While academic excellence is the primary focus of the evening, the students’ artistic and musical talents were also on display. Two musical interludes during the evening highlighted the artistic excellence that is part of the expectation and programming of St. Michael’s College School. The Sr. Jazz Ensemble provided a fun and uplifting piece while a piano solo by Grade 10 student Marco Boci was moving and beautifully played.

SMCS Academic Awards | Sr. Jazz Ensemble performs for SMCS community

“Held on the Thursday before the Thanksgiving long weekend, the night also expresses gratitude and appreciation,” says John. “It was most fitting this year that the Academic Awards Night occurred on World Teachers Day. Our students’ commitment, hard work, and dedication is matched only by our teachers, who work tirelessly to provide the experiences and opportunities for our students.”

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