Students and Staff Shine: Awards and Competitions

Several students and staff finished off the school year receiving recognition for their talents and contributions. Below are some examples from throughout the District.

The City of Burnaby’s 2021 Environmental Awards recognized the work of the Burnaby Youth Sustainability Network – a student-led group from across the District, and a multi-year winner. Each year BYSN organizes, plans, and executes conferences to build awareness of sustainability. BYSN won an Environmental Star Award in the Youth category for their outstanding environmental leadership and ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability through school programs.

École Alpha Secondary student Lilah Williamson – seen above centre and right speaking and posing for pictures with peers at the District’s We Mean Green Conference in early 2020 – was awarded an Environmental Award in the Youth Category. She is a founding member of Sustainabiliteens – a local youth climate action group. In selecting her for the award, the City highlighted her outstanding commitment to climate activism through public engagement and awareness.

Iva Staykova, a Grade 12 École Moscrop Secondary student who is also in the Graphics & Media Arts Program at Byrne Creek Community School, designed the winning flag (above left) for the Easter Seals AccessAbility Flag Design Contest in celebration of National AccessAbility Week in BC and the Yukon. Her design was chosen out of 800 entries from students in Grades 6-12 and earned Iva a $200 honorarium. Easter Seals is dedicated to providing programs and services to persons with diverse abilities. Learn more about the contest.

Burnaby Mountain Secondary students Eric Kong, Sasha Kovalev, Anthony Zang, Rian Popat, and Michelle Zhou won silver and bronze medals at the BC Chemistry Olympiad, securing the place of top ranked school in BC.

École Cariboo Hill Secondary Grade 12 student Rosa Warkentin took silver at the National Microsoft Office Specialist Championship in the PowerPoint category.

Burnaby Mountain Secondary’s Math Department Head, Jen Reily, received the Ivan L Johnson Memorial Award from the BC Association of Math Teachers. The award recognizes dedication and excellence in teaching math.



Posted July 2021