Students at Albert College gathered with their family, friends, faculty, and staff at the College’s 165th Convocation celebration on Saturday, June 18. Grade 12 graduates were recognized with top awards and celebrated their many accomplishments this year. A total of 41 graduates, both local and international, crossed the stage on Saturday receiving their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Boarding students from Nigeria, Russia, Mexico, Bermuda, China, and England called Belleville their second home for the duration of their studies at the Belleville independent high school. Day students from Kingston, Napanee, Frankford, Belleville, Trenton, and Prince Edward County also called Albert College their second home this year.
The top awards at Convocation were presented to Sydney of Belleville, Miranda of Mexico and Liam of Seguin Township. All of the top award recipients graduated as Ontario and Albert College Scholars achieving an average of 90 percent or higher in six Grade 12 courses. They also graduated “With Distinction,” meaning that they excelled in the 5 ‘A’s of Albert College - Academics, Athletics, Arts, Active Citizenship and Adventure.
Sydney received the Howard Award for character, scholarship, leadership, and recreation. Sydney has attended Albert College since Junior Kindergarten and has been a strong contributor to all the 5 ‘A’s. She has been an exemplary role model in the Albert College community. Sydney was the recipient of the Reginald and Margaret Finney Award for proficiency in English and the Sir Mackenzie Bowell Scholarship. She also received the Active Citizenship Award which is awarded to a graduating student who has demonstrated leadership while making extensive Active Citizenship contributions locally and globally. She was the Active Citizenship Prefect this year. In the fall, Sydney will be attending Queen’s University pursuing a Bachelor of Health Science.
Miranda received the prestigious Howard Award. Miranda attended Albert College for five years. In her final year, Miranda was both Head Prefect and Victoria Manor Prefect. Miranda’s was on the Girls’ Volleyball, Soccer and Field hockey teams. She received the Acton Field Hockey award, the Recreation and Healthy Active Living Leadership Award and the Mary Jane Haskett McCullough Award for outstanding long-term contribution to athletics. Miranda was also the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Community Volunteer Award and the Jesse B. Tuite Award for the finest contribution to boarding life in the girls boarding house, Victoria Manor. Next year, Miranda will be attending the University of Guelph pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology and Conservation.
Liam received the Howard Award at Convocation for character, scholarship, leadership, and athletics. He has attended Albert College since Junior Kindergarten, has been actively involved in all 5 ‘A’s of school life and was Chapel Prefect this year. In the Athletics program, he has always been involved in competitive volleyball and basketball programs, receiving numerous MVP, MIP, and coach’s awards. He received the “Pete” Beach Athletic Award which recognizes outstanding athletics and scholarship as well as the McIntyre Award for outstanding long-term contributions to athletics. Liam earned over 250 community service hours demonstrating his commitment to the Active Citizenship program and the local Belleville community. In the fall, Liam will be attending Trent University to pursue a Bachelor of Arts dual degree in Law, Environmental and Resource Studies.
Top athletes were recognized for their outstanding contribution to athletics at Albert College. Lara of Bermuda and Jordan of Belleville received the Class of ’66 Trophy for most outstanding athletes in female athletics this year. Oloboojo of Nigeria was the recipient of the McIntyre Award for outstanding contribution to male athletics, and Ayomide of Nigeria received the Class of ’49 Trophy for most outstanding male athlete. All the above athletes graduated as Ontario Scholars, achieving an academic average of 80 percent or above in six Grade 12 subjects.
Lara attended Albert College for three years, held the role of House League Prefect this year and graduated as an Albert College Scholar. Lara was the recipient of the Douglas Jodoin Scholarship for academics and athletics and the H.B. Simpson Award for proficiency in liberal arts. She also received the Donald G. Williams Award for conspicuous contribution to the College community. Next year, Lara will be attending the University of Loughborough, England, for Architecture.
Jordan attended Albert College for one and a half years and graduated as an Albert College Scholar. She was co-captain of both the senior girls’ basketball team and the girls’ lacrosse team this year, receiving a Coach’s Award for both. In the fall, she will be attending the University of Waterloo, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science.
Oloboojo has attended Albert College for three years and was captain of the soccer team this year. He also played basketball and rugby and was a member of the track and field team. He was the recipient of the award for Most Outstanding Male Performance in track and field. This fall, Oloboojo will be attending Brock University to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art.
Ayomide has attended Albert College for three years. He was active in the athletics program playing soccer, basketball, and track and field. In his final year, Ayomide received the Bill Walker Award for Most Valuable Player in Senior boys’ soccer. Next year, Ayomide will be attending York University in Toronto, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Society.
An impressive 98 percent of the class of 2022 graduated as Ontario Scholars having achieved an academic average of 80 percent or above. One hundred percent of the graduating class will be pursing post-secondary studies in the fall at top universities in Canada and around the globe.
The Class of 2022 Valedictorian, Joshua, said it best in his address to his fellow graduates by saying, “Since my first day at Albert College, I have never had the feeling of being unwelcome or unwanted. A home is the place where memories are created. I will never forget the magic of this place and the memories we have made. Remember, you are always welcome back at your temporary home.”