Toronto - Annie Dubois from Bishop Allen Academy in Etobicoke has achieved 99.83 per cent, the highest average of all Grade 12 graduating students within the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) for the 2006-2007 academic year. The Board will recognize Ms. Dubois with a TCDSB Student Achievement Award at its annual Special Awards Event in the Spring.

Annie Dubois earned 100 per cent in Psychology, Philosophy, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and 99 percent in Mathematics. These top marks earned her the top entrance scholarship from Mount Allison University of $5,000 a year for four years, the Governor General’s Academic Bronze Medal and the National Advanced Placement Scholar Award. Ms. Dubois, who is fully bilingual, will be studying Mathematics and Science at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick with the goal of becoming a researcher and university professor in one of the scientific disciplines. In addition to her academic achievements, Annie Dubois holds a level one basketball coaching certificate, CPR Training, Bronze Cross Swimming and Life Saving Certificate, a Grade 8 Piano Honours Award from the Royal Conservatory of Music, and a Best Sportsmanship Award from the Ontario Basketball Association. She has been a volunteer for four years providing after-school tutoring in Math, Science, English and French, tutoring elementary schools students in piano, as well as teaching and coaching swim teams. This summer Ms. Dubois is employed as a summer student in Health Sciences Research at the Princess Margaret Hospital.

Three students tied for the second highest overall average with 99.00%. The students are Alexander Li and Iryna Voytyuk both from Michael Power/St. Joseph High School in Etobicoke and Karen Wong from Pope John Paul II Catholic Secondary School in Scarborough.

Karen Wong earned 99 percent in World History, Canadian & World Politics, Core French, Calculus, Geometry & Algebra, and Biology. She graduated from the International Baccalaureate Program with a final grade of 43 (of 45), and is a University of Toronto National Biology Scholar and an Ontario Scholar. She has been awarded the Governor General’s Medal of Excellence as well as an Entrance Scholarship to the University of Waterloo, where she will study Biomedical Sciences, with plans for a career in Pharmacy or Optometry. During her secondary school years, Karen was involved in tutoring students in her secondary school as well as in her former elementary school. Her more than 80 hours of community service include work at Science Outreach with the University of Toronto and the CIBC Run for the Cure.

Alexander Li graduated from the International Baccalaureate Program with 99 percent in Economics, Core French, Data Management – Calculus, Geometry & Algebra, Chemistry and Science. These marks earned him the Most Outstanding New Student’s Award from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, where he plans to study Computer Science and Mathematics. Alexander is also an accomplished pianist who has won many awards in various music festivals. He has given piano lessons to students of all ages, volunteered at March Break Day Camp and as a peer tutor in chemistry and physics at his school.

Iryna Voytyuk earned 99 percent in Business Studies, Core French, Health/Physical Education, Biology, Chemistry and Science.

Top students from other municipalities within Toronto

Faerlin Pulido from Dante Alighieri Academy in the former City of North York is the TCDSB third top graduating student with an average of 98.83. He is planning to attend the University of Toronto where he hopes to obtain a degree in Mathematics and Physical Science. During his last year in secondary school, Faerlin completed a Physics related project in the University of Toronto’s Mentorship Program. He has devoted many hours as a camp counsellor’s assistant at the Columbus Children’s Centre, and has been a regular volunteer with Dante’s Breakfast Club.

The top TCDSB student in the former City of Toronto is Justin De La Cruz who achieved an overall average of 97 in his final year at St. Mary’s Catholic Secondary School.

Phuong Ma, from Archbishop Romero Catholic Secondary School, is the top TCDSB student in the former Borough of York with an overall average of 91.50 per cent. He will be attending McMaster University where he will be studying Life Sciences. During his secondary school years, Phuong volunteered with St. Cecilia’s youth group, was a choir member and alter server. He helped organize events and activities for his church community as well as being involved in fund raising events. He also holds the distinction of being a regional chess champion and a badminton MVP.