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Toronto Catholic District School Board

TCDSB Top Scholars 2014/2015


The 2014/2015 top scholar for the Toronto Catholic District School,Konrad.jpg Konrad von Eppinghoven, is already well on his way to a career in the financial sector, having been accepted to the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom.  No wonder, as he scored 100 percent in his Economics program at Michael Power/St. Joseph Catholic High School. An International Baccalaureate student, Konrad’s Etobicoke school has prepared him for success in an interconnected, globalized world, using critical-thinking skills and a sense of international-mindedness. Konrad achieved 100 percent in his six top courses:  Economics, English, Literature, Calculus & Vectors, Finite Math and Biology.  Konrad was a member of the school’s Reach for the Top Team and is a parishioner of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Parish. He is working this summer as a Financial Officer for the Government of Ontario.

Coming in right after Konrad with an average of 99.50 percent is the 2Justin.jpgnd place scholar and top student in the former City of North York area, Justin Wiens of Senator O’Connor College School. Justin attended Scarborough’s St. Agatha Catholic (Elementary) School and has somehow managed to “do it all”, playing the Alto Sax in his school’s concert and jazz bands, writing for the school newspaper, earning his 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo and competing on the school swim team.  He also won the distinguished Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award and is an usher and reader at his parish, St. Theresa Shrine of the Little Flower Catholic Church.  Justin will be studying Engineering Science at the University of Toronto in September.
Third place was shared by two students:  Shannon Thom of Blessed Cardinal Newman Catholic School in Scarborough and Richard Ren of Bishop Allen Academy in Etobicoke. Both earned an average of 99.33 percent for their top six subjects and Shannon is the TCDSB Top Scholar in the former City of Scarborough area.  She will be studying at the University of Guelph (Arts and Sciences) in September. Richard is a Visa student from Changchun, China and will be studying Life Sciences at the University of Toronto in September after which he hopes to pursue a career in genetics research.
The top student in the former City of Toronto area is St. Joseph’s College School graduate Charlene Gomes who earned an average of 98.50 percent. Charlene will be studying Life Sciences at the University of Toronto.


“These scholars have attained a remarkable level of achievement at this juncture in their academic journey,” says Director of Education Angela Gauthier. “I am very grateful to their school communities and parishes who have provided them with spiritual and emotional guidance, a strong foundation and challenging educational opportunities that will encourage them to continue to pursue excellence.”
“As a fellow parent I know the pride and joy that every family feels when their son or daughter has met and exceeded our expectations,” says Michael Del Grande Chair of the Board.  “I wish each of our graduates continued success and congratulate them on achieving our Catholic graduate expectations as students of faith in a community anchored in hope and charity.”


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