Bravo Breakfast Award recipients from the Prescott-Russell as well as Dundas County areas within the CDSBEO schools were recognized at the event on May 17, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School. From left are students Erin Arbuckle, Zoë Tingley, Olivia Pereira, Adalia Vellenga, Amanda Wenger, Noah Leroux, Kayla Nault, Jason Schell and Alexandra Goddard.           Courtesy CDSBEO photo.

RUSSELL – The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario celebrated the fourth and final Bravo Breakfast Award on May 17, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School, recognizing students from the Prescott-Russell area schools, as well as Dundas County, with the prestigious award. One student from each elementary and secondary school is chosen to receive the award annually, which acknowledges the unsung heroes within CDSBEO Catholic schools.

Director of Education Wm. J. Gartland began the tradition of honouring these remarkable achievers nine years ago. “Each of the young people here has been selected by their individual school communities for their special contribution,” explained Gartland. “You have made a difference in the lives of those around you, and you have put others ahead of yourselves in many circumstances. Each of you represents what we hope all of our students aspire to do and be.”

Also in attendance to present the awards were Trustees Sue Wilson (Prescott-Russell County), and Karen McAllister (Dundas County and Stormont County).

The following students were recognized at the May 17 Bravo Breakfast: Zoë Tingley, Grade 6, Mother Teresa Catholic School (Russell); Kayla Nault, Grade 6, Pope John Paul Catholic School (Hammond); Amanda Wenger, Grade 5, St. Jude Catholic School (Vankleek Hill); Olivia Pereira, Grade 6, St. Mary Catholic School (Chesterville); Adalia Vellenga, Grade 6, St. Patrick Catholic School (Rockland); Alexandra Goddard, Grade 8, St. Francis Xavier Catholic High School (Hammond); Noah Leroux, Grade 12, St. Francis Xavier Catholic High School (Hammond); Erin Arbuckle, Grade 8, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School (Russell); and Jason Schell, Grade 10, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School (Russell).