Class of 2019
At Havergal College, we offer our students the opportunity to excel in academics, arts, athletics and leadership. When you look at the 111 students in the 2019 graduating class, it is clear that these future leaders have the tools they need to succeed, whatever their passions. They have earned scholarships, created dynamic visionary projects, led their teams to victory and transformed the Havergal experience into unique versions of excellence.
Meet Some of our Graduates
McGill University, Management
Emma’s experience at Havergal is unique as she started in Grade 7 as a Day School student and graduated as a Boarding School student. When her family moved out of the country before she started Grade 8, Emma eagerly waited three years to return to Havergal in the Boarding School. Rejoining the community in Grade 11, she made the most of her two years in the Senior School by being involved in different areas of school life, including participating in the Debate team, volunteering with the school’s Grenoble community partnership, working on the school newspaper Behind the Ivy and representing the Boarding School as Head Junior Don in her graduating year. “As Head Junior Don, I planned events and experiences for the Boarders. I liked having the opportunity to give back to the Boarding community; we were family,” she says. Emma was inspired to pursue a degree in commerce through McGill University’s Management program by the strong women in her family, who have succeeded in leadership positions in their careers for generations. Her life goal is to do as much good as she can in the world.
University of Edinburgh, Direct Entry Medical School
Michelle joined the Havergal community in Grade 4. By graduation, she had gained the confidence in her skills and abilities to know that she wanted to pursue a career as a surgeon. This interest was elevated after she participated in The Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills Summer Internship program during the summer before Grade 11. At Havergal, she cofounded the Havergal Health Occupations
Students of America (HOSA) chapter so that other students interested in going into the field of medicine could explore all of the specialties through conversation, debate and competition. A viola player with the Orchestra throughout her years, she took on the role of Head of Orchestra in her graduating year and participated in the Music Connect community partnership as a way to engage with people living with dementia. In Grade 10, she went on a Forum for Change excursion to Tanzania, where she stayed at the Olive Branch for Children, a place for vulnerable youth to heal. After Grade 11, Michelle volunteered during the summer at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. She is currently studying Direct Entry Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.
Queen’s University, Concurrent Education
An athlete throughout her 14 years at Havergal, Ana’s position as Arts Prefect in her graduating year gave her the opportunity to demonstrate her artistic skills to the Havergal community. Ana
devoted her energy on the sports fields, participating in one sports team every term since Junior Kindergarten (including hockey, soccer and tennis). However, when she needed to relax, she found solace in the Art room, where she enjoyed slowing down and being present in the moment. “Every stroke of the paintbrush is so comforting for me,” she explains. As an Upper School student, Ana was involved in creative clubs, such as sewing and knitting. She was also a member of Resist, Insist, Persist in support of feminist causes. In her Grade 10 year, she participated in a Spanish class trip to Nicaragua to help with a construction project and practise her Spanish skills. Outside of Havergal, Ana was involved in midget double hockey and soccer. She is currently studying Concurrent Education at Queen’s University (with a major in Psychology), a field of study that her Havergal teachers influenced her to pursue. She hopes to work with troubled youth in her career as an educator.
University of Toronto, Engineering Science
Since starting at Havergal in Grade 7, Noelle developed from a shy and quiet girl into a self-confident leader in her graduating year. As Prayers Prefect, she took the stage three times a week to
deliver announcements, introduce guest speakers or make speeches at assemblies. “I considered my role of leadership to be a service,” she says. “I always tried to help others and it inspires me when I see others helping people.” During her six years at Havergal, Noelle was involved in the Welcome Committee, the Senior and Chamber Choirs, the student newspaper Behind the Ivy (as a photographer) and the Art and Math Clubs. Outside of Havergal, she was a youth group leader and a cantor at her church and she volunteered at Korean Canadian Adoptee Association (KCAA), a resource for adopted Korean children to learn about their cultural background and heritage. Noelle is currently a student at the University of Toronto, studying Engineering Science. “I love engineering because I am interested in math and science and I want to make things that will help others.”
Acadia University, Community Development and Outdoor Recreation
An outdoor enthusiast, Jacqueline’s experiences working at a summer camp and participating in Havergal’s Outdoor Education course in Grade 11 motivated her to pursue a degree in Community Development and Outdoor Recreation at Acadia University. “To me, outdoor recreation is about getting people outside and building communities, which is why I am combining these two specialties,” she explains. “The program is based on building connections with people around the world to help make conditions better.” A community motivator, Jacqueline spent her high school years leading various groups in roles such as House Captain, Head of the Harry Potter Club, Head of the Book Club and Rowing team Captain. Outside of school, she volunteered in the daycare at Humewood House, a shelter for single moms to gain life skills. In addition to her studies at Acadia, Jacqueline is also studying part-time at Fire Fighters School, with the goal of becoming a volunteer firefighter. “I really like to help in any way I can and make people feel like they belong, which is what informs what I do at camp, at school and in life.”
Columbia University, Architecture
When Sophia joined the Havergal community in Grade 7, she was excited about the co-curricular opportunities the school offered outside of academics and competitions. Although she was fascinated with STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) subjects academically, she was also interested in developing her artistic side. During her six years at Havergal, she was a part of the
school’s choirs and bands and became involved in the Music Connect community partnership, in which students visited a nursing home to entertain the residents with musical performances. She was also Band Co-Head in Grade 12, the Head of the Photography Club in Grade 11, a member of the Debate team and a participant in the Art City community partnership, in which students work with younger peers and local professional artists on shared projects. Sophia is currently studying Architecture at Columbia University in New York. “Architecture has a huge impact on how we navigate the world and our relationships,” she explains. “Being able to design things that can help communities is important; spaces need to be created for the well-being of people.”
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