Class of 2020
At Havergal College, we offer our students the opportunity to excel in academics, arts, athletics and leadership. When you look at the 115 students in the 2020 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. View the brochure.
Meet Some of our Graduates
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Business Studies
As a frontrunner to compete on Team Canada’s Fencing team in the 2020 Summer Olympics, Shirley was disappointed when the COVID-19 pandemic closed borders and halted competitions. She joined the team in Grade 9 and spent many weekends during high school flying to Europe and Asia with her teammates, which ignited in her a passion for travelling. “Being in a different environment and meeting new people is intimidating, but I love it,” she says. Despite her busy schedule, Shirley still found the time to get involved at Havergal in various arts-based activities and events such as the Art Club, the Mandarin Club and Beatstock (a charity talent show). Shirley continues to fence on the University of Pennsylvania’s NCAA team, where she is attending the Wharton School for business studies. She felt inspired to pursue a career in international corporate law after taking Havergal’s world issues and law courses. One day she hopes to work for the United Nations, where she can apply her knowledge and experience of the world to help others.
Western University, Management & Organizational Studies/Ivey Business School
Growing up with her mother’s stories about Boarding at Havergal (Class of 1986), Olivia was excited to experience it for herself. “I will never forget move-in day: I was greeted by a group of friendly students who carried my bags to my room, helped me unpack and gave me advice about what teams and clubs to join,” she recalls. During her time in the Senior School, she was involved in rowing and took on various leadership positions. On weekends, she was a competitive alpine ski racer and coach, a passion of hers that taught her time management skills. In addition to taking math, science and business courses, Olivia also took subjects such as Kinesiology, French and World Issues as she wanted to experience the wide variety of courses and teaching styles offered at Havergal. Since graduation, she has been studying Management & Organizational Studies at Western University, with early entrance to the Ivey School of Business. She’ll never forget her time in Boarding, which taught her about independence and community living. “Being around other girls who are so motivated really inspired me,” she says.
IE Business School (Spain), Business Administration
Maricarmen joined Havergal in Grade 7 ready to be an Ambassador for the College. “I tell everyone that it doesn’t matter who you are or what you are interested in, Havergal will help you find your passions,” she says. During her Upper School years, Maricarmen joined various sports teams, participated in a variety of community partnerships, played the alto saxophone in the symphonic band and held multiple leadership positions. Her interest in business studies and a global career led her to attend the Summer@INSEAD business program in France. This experience was transformative for Maricarmen as she learned from leading global business professors. She will never forget the relationships that she formed when she participated in the Exchange program to Argentina in Grade 10, where she was immersed in a different culture. “I feel that developing a global perspective will give me the tools to succeed in international business,” she says. Maricarmen is currently a member of the IE Business School community in Madrid, Spain, where she is studying business administration.
Queen’s University, Engineering
Jilly discovered her love for learning and leading at Havergal, where she immersed herself in science, math, technology, engineering (STEM) and social sciences courses and volunteered for various leadership positions. The recipient of the Queen’s University Chancellor Scholarship—where she is pursuing a degree in engineering—she hopes to find ways to share her love of STEM and inspire girls into the field. “I’m lucky that Havergal has excellent facilities and encouraging teachers, but I know it’s not the same for everyone,” she says. Her interest in giving back started when she was nine years old and she volunteered for her neighbourhood’s Karma Club, in which members would reach out to local people in need with random acts of kindness. “One major concept that I have accepted is that—in any community—you can find people at different stages of their lives who have varying motivations and worries. And within any community, you find vulnerability; its manifestation is what varies.” Jilly has seen first-hand how small gestures of kindness can inspire others to do the same and it has helped her become a benevolent leader with a passion for lifelong learning.
University of Central Lancashire, Direct Entry Medicine
Starting at Havergal at the age of four, Erin describes the school as her second home. She developed an enduring interest in activism in Grade 6 when her teacher assigned the class to participate in Project Give Back. She chose the Yad Vashem Twinning Program in which Jewish youth learn about and dedicate their Bar/Bat Mitzvah to children who died in the Holocaust. Her work on this project inspired her to engage young people in anti-bullying and anti-racism causes through Holocaust awareness. She has spoken and performed the violin at events such as the National Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa. For her work, she received the Cantor Kraus Catalyst for Change Award from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; Project Give Back’s Joey Award honouring notable alumni/ae; and, most recently, the highest accolade a young person can receive for their social action or humanitarian work: The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Award. Erin is an avid figure skater medalling at the 2019 National Synchronized Skating Championships with the Meraki Intermediate Synchronized Skating Team. Her love for giving back led her to study medicine at the University of Central Lancashire.
University of Guelph, Science
Starting at Havergal in Junior Kindergarten, Sabrina graduated with the confidence that she could explore different fields of study at university before deciding on a career-focus. She left Havergal ready to take on a variety of courses at the University of Guelph, where she received the Board of Governors’ Scholarship. “I want to keep my options open so I end up in a career doing something that I love,” she explains. “I’m open to changing directions with my education, depending on what I connect with.” In addition to learning, Sabrina also discovered a love of science and community involvement at Havergal. She was active in athletics (badminton, tennis and rowing), played the violin with the orchestra and volunteered for leadership opportunities. In her graduating year, she was excited to return to the Junior School as Junior School Prefect. “I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to lead our youngest students and give back to the place where I grew up.” In her spare time, she volunteered with Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital’s wheelchair basketball program. Sabrina was the recipient of Havergal’s Governor General’s Academic Medal for achieving the highest academic average in all Grade 11 and 12 courses.