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Student Achievements

Havergal students are known for their exceptional achievements outside of the classroom. Each year, they boast an impressive list of accomplishments across a variety of fields, from engineering to arts. Here are some noteworthy items from the 2013-2014 school year.

Athletics 2013-2014 Championships

CISAA

  • Badminton: U13, U20
  • Curling: Open
  • Cross Country: U10
  • Hockey: U20 D2
  • Soccer: U14
  • Softball: U13
  • Swimming Fall: U14, Jr., Sr., Bishops Cup, Overall
  • Swimming Winter: U13, U14, U16, U20, Open, Overall
  • Swimming Fall Junior School: Bishops Cup, Overall
  • Swimming Winter Junior School: U11, U12, Overall
  • Tennis: U14
  • Track and Field: U13, U14, Overall
  • Track and Field Junior School: U10, U12, Overall
  • Ultimate: Open
  • Volleyball: U13, U20

CSSRA

  • Women 59kg 4+ Bronze

OFSAA

  • Badminton: Doubles A Flight Gold
  • Swimming: Junior Women’s 50m Backstroke Gold, Junior Women’s 100m Freestyle Gold, Senior Women’s 50m Butterfly Gold, Senior Women’s 50m Freestyle Silver, Senior Women’s 4x50m Freestyle Gold

Community

  • In May, Grade 9 student Linda Manziaris was named Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2014 Ontario Startup Canada Awards. She won the award for Body Bijou, the jewellry company that she started to support the organization GirlsHelpingGirls. She went on to win the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award at the national level as well.
  • As part of the Junior School Harvest Festival event on October 12, students collected 1,120 lbs. of food for the North York Harvest Food Bank.
  • The Junior School community raised $18,076.40 to support the fall Terry Fox Run.
  • In February 2015, Grade 9 student Melissa Wong received the Honourable Mention prize in her “Committee of Central and South Asian Affairs” at the Model UN conference at the University of Toronto. Angela Hou in Grade 12 received the Best Delegate prize in the “Human Rights Council.”

Debate

  • Grade 12 students Alex and Angela finished in first place at the Fulford Debate Tournament on November 15 at Pickering College.

DECA

  • In February 2015, 20 Havergal students joined close to 8,000 competitors from across Ontario at the DECA provincial competition. Havergal’s Anna Shinn won a Medal for Oral and Coco Wang won a Medal and Plaque for her business plan. Coco has qualified for the international DECA competition for the second year in a row and will go to Florida with the Ontario team in April!

Information & Communications Technology

  • A short animated film created by Havergal students called “Cookies for the Heart” was selected as one of the top 30 short films produced by students in the GTA, and was part of the 2014 Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival (TYSFF).

Languages

  • Alex in Grade 12 represented Havergal at the annual Shakespeare on the Platform competition for high school students at the Arts and Letters Club on November 21, where she finished as runner-up (2nd place).
  • In the spring, Grade 11 student Courtney placed first in the Core French category of the French Contest sponsored by York University. Along with receiving the first place trophy, she received a bursary to study at York University as well as a cash prize for best composition.
  • Grade 10 student Ayana Sunami placed first in the 6th annual Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students on March 29. She won an all-expense-paid two-week trip to China.

Mathematics

  • Qiyi Zhao, Angelina Pan, and Catalina Lu signed-up to write the University of Waterloo’s most challenging math full-answer contests, and respectively earned our top scores for the Grade 11 Hypatia, Grade 10 Galois, and Grade 9 Fryer Contests.
  • Medals were awarded for the top score in the Grade 11 Fermat, Grade 10 Cayley, and Grade 9 Pascal Contests. In the Fermat, the highest scorer was Qiyi Zhao, who placed 8th out of over 15,000 participants. All of our Grade 10s wrote the Cayley, and as a team they placed 10th provincially; the highest scorer was Jamie Kidston, who placed 8th out of over 19,000. In the Pascal, the highest scorer was Charmaine Koo, who placed 189th out of over 24,000.
  • Spring 2014: Sophia Zhang, Sarah Ho Ping Kong, Anne Broughton, Selina Chow, Gerol Fang, Rachel Tam, Gillian Smith, and Sarah Zhao represented Havergal well at the Math Olympics at Holy Trinity School, both as a team (school placed 3rd) and individually.

Music

  • Our Symphonic Band won silver at the National Musicfest Competition in Vancouver on May 13. Our Grade 7 Band won gold at the same competition on May 12.
  • In May, Grade 10 student Sarah Alexis Gritis was recognized for her fundraising efforts at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Sarah Alexis used her musical talents to play and record a classical CD called “Playing for Heroes”, which raised over $2,000 for the Veterans at Sunnybrook.
  • Grade 8 student Arielle Silverberg was selected to perform at the Royal Occasion Gala Fundraiser in honour of Sir Andrew Davis at Koerner Hall on April 29. She opened the program and was the only student performer.

Sciences

  • In the summer, Havergal students swept the WIES Design Competition, held by Toronto Rehab for girls in Grades 7 to 9 across the GTA. Julianna Botros and Rachel Tam placed 1st, Seher Moosabhoy and Sabrina Hwang placed 2nd, and Swanee Douglas and Sabrina Wong placed 3rd out of 17 teams. The objective of the competition was for students to design a product that reduces the risk of falls for seniors in their homes. They were assigned a female engineer mentor to help with the process.

Visual Arts

  • 28 of our Grade 11 students have their sketchbooks on display this year with The Sketchbook Project, a global, collaborative travelling library of artists’ books.
  • Five of our Grade 10 and 11 students had their photos on display in the PhotoSensitive “Aging in the 21st Century” exhibit – congrats to Charlotte Dewson, Nika Khajehdehi, Julia Nicholson, Rachel Young, and Mengxuan Zhang.