Our Graduates

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The Graduating Class of 2020


Ammar GhazalAmmar Ghazal

Consistently immaculate in presentation and bearing the highest standards of comportment, Ammar has been a model student throughout his years at Leahurst. Ammar’s contributions as a Grade 5 Peer Tutor have set a high standard for Leahurst’s youngest students. Ammar’s valued volunteer work has extended to Science Rendezvous events, outdoor adventure camps, and the Hotel Dieu Hospital. In his other “spare” time, Ammar earned the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award and enjoyed a stimulating COOP at the Queen’s Clinical Simulation Centre. Ammar moves on to The University of Waterloo, where he has been admitted to the Computer Engineering Program on a President’s Scholarship of Distinction.

Duncan StevensonDuncan Stevenson

Duncan’s experiences at Leahurst have spanned six years - a tenure exceeded only by Ms. Turcke. During this time, Duncan has compiled a wealth of experiences and accomplishments. Within the school, Duncan has been a member of the Model Airplane club, the Electronics Club, the Computer Club, and has led the Math Club. Outside the school, Duncan has been a W.A.F.F.L.E.S. Community Robotics Member for 6 years, during which time he has enjoyed two years as team captain, lead programmer, robot operator, and a Dean’s List Nominee. While Duncan has proficient computer language skills, he is also very articulate in his master tongue, proven by his 2019 Senior Linda Robinson Communications award. Duncan will be applying all of his skills next academic year at the University of Waterloo, where he will be starting his first year of Software Engineering on a President’s Scholarship of Distinction.

Matthew WuMatthew Wu

Matthew truly embodies the diligence and resilience required for success. Since joining Leahurst in 2017, Matthew has earned top marks in all subjects - an impressive accomplishment considering that all subjects were taught in a second language. In addition to his academic achievements, Matthew has developed as a musician through his lessons and his volunteer work with the Kingston Canta Arya violin group as a piano accompanist. Matthew will now be moving on to the McMaster University Computer Science Co-op program, having earned a McMaster Honour Award. 


The Graduating Class of 2019


Bianca CampbellBianca Campbell

Bianca has been a perpetually positive presence at Leahurst since she was in grade 8. She is a dedicated learner, a supportive friend and peer, and a kind role-model for younger students. In the classroom, she strives for her personal best and excels across the board. This year, Bianca co-lead Model United Nations and Junior Math Club and was also a member of the Leahurst Interact Club. Outside of school, Bianca has balanced a busy schedule of competing at numerous dance competitions across Canada and training at dance intensives in New York City, Greece, and Toronto. Next year she is so excited to attend Ryerson University’s Performance Dance Program with a scholarship.

Esther FalksonEsther Falkson

Esther’s time at Leahurst has been notable not only because of her deep love of learning, but also by her desire to transform her communities through leadership. She founded and led the Interact Club at Leahurst and has also been recognized in the community with a number of leadership awards, including the Youth Sustainability Award from Sustainability Kingston in 2018. Esther has also competed nationally and internationally through the Canadian High Performance Program for Fencing. She was ranked second in 2018 by the Canadian Fencing Federation in U17 Women’s Sabre. Esther will bring her considerable talents to the University of Toronto next year where she will study biology in the Life Sciences.

Celeste GagnonCeleste Gagnon

Celeste has grown a great deal during her 5-year tenure at Leahurst. This year at camp Oconto, her teachers observed a calm and collected leadership style, which was especially impressive under pressure. She walked the halls of Leahurst with a relentlessly positive attitude this year and was nurturing towards several of the students in the grade 5/6 class. Celeste has a creative soul, and has contributed her beautiful singing voice towards many live and studio performances over the years at Leahurst, most notable her haunting version of “Home” which was produced for our school album School Ties. Next year, Celeste is travelling to Nippising University in North Bay, where she won the President’s Scholarship for Nursing.


Jamie McTaggartJamie McTaggart

During his five years at Leahurst, Jamie has grown through self discovery and his artistic expression. In more recent years, Jamie has come further out of his shell, becoming a friend and senior role model for the younger students, specifically the grade 5/ 6 class. He also started an Art Club in the past where many different grades worked together to create the first version of the School Ties album cover. Next year, Jamie will be going to his first choice of Carleton University to pursue a Journalism degree.

Daniella SpringerDaniella Springer

Daniella is a proud graduate of Leahurst College and will be leaving after five memorable years. She will be remembered by her peers and teachers for her keen eye for detail and her witty sense of humour. Daniella will begin her first year of the Management (BCom) program at McGill in the fall, where she plans to major in International Management. Her long-term plan is to study law and make positive contributions at a global scale. With her unique talent to glean the truths beyond a surface level, and her fascination with the human condition, she will surely excel in this field.

Hana TurckeHana Turcke

For the last four years Hana has lit up Leahurst’s hallways and classrooms with her trademark braids, beaming smile, and can-do attitude. During her time at Leahurst, Hana has taken on a range of academic and extracurricular challenges and has enthusiastically met every challenge. She has been a talented member of the math club and the mountain biking club, placed first in a duathlon, and earned a red belt in mixed martial arts. Academically, she has earned a Principal’s scholarship for academic excellence and was accepted to Queen’s Engineering in the first round. Hana begins at Queen’s in the fall, with a goal of becoming a chemical engineer.

Caroline WhiteheadCaroline Whitehead

Caroline has been an energetic, engaged, and resilient student since joining Leahurst halfway through grade 9. She is a concentrated learner, a dispassionate and compassionate friend, and a competitive athlete. She is proud to have been the Interact Club Vice-President and Math Club Leader at Leahurst. Outside of school, she was on Team Canada for the Cadet/Junior Pan American and Commonwealth Championships.  Next year she is excited to study Engineering at Queen’s where she received both the Principal’s Scholarship and Athletic Entrance Award.


The Graduating Class of 2018


Adian BakshAdian Baksh

During his time at Leahurst, Aidan developed a passion for robotics—it could be all-consuming at times! As lead designer, he helped guide his W.A.F.F.L.E.S. robotics team to the award for best robot design at the Excellence in Engineering Awards. Committed to improving his knowledge and skills, Aidan has regularly sought out new challenges. He travelled to Waterloo to participate in the International Summer School for Young Physicists hosted at the prestigious Perimeter Institute and the Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students. In the Fall, Aidan will enter the co-op program in Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo.

David CaiDavid Cai

David’s insatiable appetite for learning, and dedication to the pursuit of knowledge have taken him to great heights at Leahurst. His calm demeanour and quiet enthusiasm have made him a wonderful leader for his house, Potential, and for our junior mathletes. A talented mathematician in his own right, David has competed quite successfully in numerous math competitions and contests. David’s interests, however extend far beyond the world of math and he can often be found reading textbooks on economics or history in his free time. By studying Science at McGill next year, David will have many opportunities to explore different disciplines while pursuing Computer Science as his main focus.

Stephane GagnonStephane Gagnon

Known by many to be Leahurst’s resident technology genius, Stephane has undergone immense growth throughout his time at Leahurst. He has a quiet, friendly, and truly helpful presence in the school, and looks forward to beginning a new chapter at UOIT’s Game Development Program in Oshawa, for which he received early acceptance. A person of many talents, Stephane’s wonderful photography has captured, on many occasions, the spirit and excitement at Leahurst. Stephane made valuable contributions to Leahurst’s yearbook, and served as a Year Representative for The Buzz.

Maryann HerringMaryann Herring

With her caring spirit and dedication to the well-being of those around her, it is no surprise that Maryann finds herself entering the Nursing Program at the University of Ottawa, with an entrance scholarship no less! “My destination is no longer a place, rather a new way of seeing.” Marcel Proust Maryann’s passion for health care led her to excel at her Kingston General Hospital co-op this year, providing an excellent foundation of experience as she prepares for a career as a nurse. Maryann has been a humourous, hard-working member of the graduating class, and her dedication to continue growing personally and professionally will be a major strength as she begins her exciting next chapter.

Brian LiuBrian Liu

As a passionate supporter of the arts, Brian has left his musical mark on Leahurst. From being a key member of Leahurst’s choir, to singing “Constant Craving” in this year’s senior CBC Music Contest submission, Brian’s voice is certainly one that will be missed. He has also lent his artistic eye to capturing all of the best moments for our yearbook. Next year, Brian will be pursuing art of a different kind, in the Theatre and Performing Arts program at the University of Waterloo. As a native of Hong Kong, we all recognize the courage it takes to study abroad. We applaude him for his on going postive nature.

Sophia MinderSophia Minder

As pleasant a student as you’d ever meet, Sophia has been an integral member of Leahurst for her entire secondary education. During that time, she has developed by leaps and bounds into a confident scholar, a reliable friend, and a quiet leader. Over the last four years, Sophia enjoyed being part of numerous clubs from rock climbing and basketball to drama and Interact. Armed with optimism, empathy, and a love for travel, Sophia will be heading south of the border in September to attend the Kettering College for Nursing in Ohio.

Ketia MomoKétia Momo

Kétia joined the Leahurst family two years ago from Switzerland via Senegal and Cameroon. With her beaming smile, genuine warmth, and natural curiosity, she fit in immediately. When she wasn’t taking up leadership roles with the school newsletter or the Interact Club, she could be found helping her friends with homework or breaking school stress with her infectious silliness. It is no wonder the graduating class chose Kétia as their valedictorian. Next year, she will embark on a new adventure as she heads west to attend the University of British Columbia.

Maria StakheikoMaria Stakheiko

A deep kindness and enthusiasm for learning has carried Maria through Leahurst with tremendous success. She is a leader in all the best ways: she takes action, is collaborative, listens, and sets a wonderful example for her peers and younger students. This year, Maria co-led Rock-Climbing Club, participated in Math Club, worked weekly shifts at the Boiler Room, and fulfilled the roles of Year Representative and Editor for The Buzz. All of Maria’s involvement and hard work has paid off, and she has an exciting four years ahead of her as part of the first cohort (of only 85 students!) at the University of Waterloo’s Architectural Engineering Program. The hard work and quality of character that has characterized Maria’s experience at Leahurst has also led to her receiving a Faculty of Engineering Entrance Scholarship.


The Graduating Class of 2017


Eden Milica BibicEden Milica Bibic

Graduation for Eden may mark the end of a chapter, but it also promises a whole new book. One of the original students from Leahurst’s first class, Eden has grown and developed as a scholar and leader. Captain of her robotics team for the last three years, Eden’s leadership skills are exceptional as she brought her team to the Robotics World Championships. Last year, Eden won the Dean’s List Finalist Award, an award that recognizes a passionate and dedicated student leader that embodies the ideals of FIRST Robotics. Eden’s resourcefulness and maturity well prepares her for upcoming challenges and changes. This fall, she will be attending Queen’s University to begin her undergraduate degree in Engineering.

Michelle E. de OliveiraMichelle E. de Oliveira

Michelle’s time at Leahurst College is one that contained tremendous personal growth. Leahurst has become her home away from home and has allowed her to embark on the unique experience of international schooling. Michelle’s curious nature not only enriches her academic career, but also broadens her scope of interests. Michelle volunteers as part of MPP Sophie Kiwala’s Youth Advisory Council and participates in international voice acting projects for audio books, animations, and video games. Michelle is extremely proud of receiving First Place at Kingston’s 2017 Juvenis Festival 48-hour film competition for her short film, “Glance”. In the fall, Michelle will be returning to the States to begin her undergraduate career at Wheaton College in Illinois.

Ryan Christopher McIverRyan Christopher McIver

Since Day One of Leahurst College, Ryan has embodied the philosophy of the school. Thus, is it no surprise that he is the school’s very first valedictorian of the first graduating class. Ryan is proud to have this honour. His charisma and positive attitude have shaped the welcoming environment for which Leahurst is known. Outside of the classroom, Ryan organized and ran the Leahurst Climbing Club for two years, inspiring many students to pursue a new hobby or attempt a new skill. Next year, Ryan will be headed to McMaster University to commence his undergraduate degree in kinesiology. We are sure Ryan will continue to amaze, inspire, and thrive everywhere and anywhere he goes.

Nooreldeen MohamedNooreldeen Mohamed

An athletic inspiration and mentor, Noor has brought to Leahurst an appreciation for sports and athletics. Noor is proud to be the recipient of the Leahurst College Athletics Award for two years running. This year, he participated as a peer tutor and instructed Grade 8/9 gym classes. Noor is pleased to proclaim himself #1 in Leahurst’s Hearts! He is excited to begin a new chapter at the University of Ottawa where he will be studying chemical engineering. Noor’s confident and enthusiastic nature promises an exciting future ahead.

Joshua Tyler SequillionJoshua Tyler Sequillion

Josh earned the name “Josh of all Trades” during his participation on the community robotics team, W.A.F.F.L.E.S. Never was there a more appropriate title; Josh is indeed a master of many skills. His robotics team won the Engineering Inspiration Award that brought them to the Robotics World Festival in St. Louis. During the school year, Josh worked as a co-op student at the Queen’s University Clinical Simulation Centre where he expanded his understanding of a career as a physician. More importantly, it was an experience of self-reflection and mental growth. Josh will surely become “Josh of Even More Trades” as he begins his Bachelor of Science Honours degree at Queen’s University in the fall.

Isabelle Marie-Lily ThierrinIsabelle Marie-Lily Thierrin

From Switzerland to Canada, from the Sciences to the Arts, Isabelle excels in everything she does. She represented Team Canada and won the Bronze medal at the 2016 World Tap Championships. A dancer and a scholar, Isabelle is extremely proud of being a recipient of the Robert and Eva (Bertram) Cole Bursary, a full four-year scholarship for the Faculty of Engineering at Queen’s University, where she will be attending in the fall. At Leahurst, Isabelle is known for her kindness and generosity, and celebrated for her determination and dependability. There is no doubt that Isabelle will continue to brighten every room she enters and make friends of everyone she meets.

Isla Noel TurckeIsla Noël Turcke

Isla truly exhibits what it means to follow your dreams. A dancer since a young age, Isla has always dedicated herself to the improvement and development of her skills. She now spreads her energy and inspiration through her dance lessons as a ballet teacher. Isla continues to advance herself and follow her dreams of being an accomplished dancer, and recently completed her Advanced 2 Exam, the second highest level of dance at the Royal Academy of Dance. Academically, Isla carries forth her focus and determination. She will be attending her dream programme at McMaster University, for Integrated Science in the fall, despite being offered an Schulich Leader Scholarship from Western University.