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Top Manitoba students earn scholarships

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Zexi Wang of Fort Richmond Collegiate and Nicole Duesigne of Sisler High School have been awarded Canada Millennium Foundation Scholarships worth up to $20,000.

The students have won $5,000 a year, renewable three times, depending on their university performance.

Nine other Manitoba students have been awarded scholarships of $4,000 a year, renewable three times up to a total of $16,000.

They are: Caroline Crawford, a 2005 graduate of Silver Heights Collegiate, now studying overseas; Omobolanie Famuyide, Fort Richmond Collegiate; Runjun Kumar, Grant Park High School; Chelsea Smith, Vincent Massey Collegiate in Winnipeg; Andrea Berger, St. Mary's Academy; Farah Rashid, Morden Collegiate; Graham Trott, Pierson Collegiate; Leslie McNaughton, Stonewall Collegiate; and Christopher Proctor, Warren Collegiate.

The foundation said Wang has a genuine concern for the future of our environment and is devoted to educating others about the need for sustainable development and environmental protection.

An award-winning science fair participant, Wang is a volunteer instructor at the Wetland Education Centre at Kelburn Farms near St. Adolphe, working to instill an interest in wetland and environmental conservation in elementary students.

She also initiated an educational program in elementary schools to promote recycling and inform kids about the need to reduce waste in their local communities. As the host of an Environmental News Program on the University of Manitoba's Campus Radio Network, Wang raises awareness about environmental issues in her community. She is also an accomplished swimmer, Water Polo player and musician.

Duesigne is an extraordinary individual, said Millennium officials -- she uses her artistic talents, considerable leadership skills and strong sense of purpose to make an impact in her community.

Duesigne is a very talented actor and musician (she sings and she plays the piano and the tuba) who shares her gifts with children who would not normally be exposed to the performing arts. Since January 2005, she has taught drama workshops at the Nor'West Clinic for inner-city children and she has launched a jazz choir program at the same clinic.

At Sisler, she is president of Generation Peace, a group that raises money and awareness for war-affected children. She enjoys writing poetry and composing music, and she is considering a career in music therapy or education.

Students awarded $4,000 for their first year of university include: Amanda Bembenek, Sisler; Dean Ferley, College Believeau; Phillip Lockwood, St. John's-Ravenscourt School; Hun-Tae Kim, SJR; Laura Marrast, Sisler; Shan Pitzada, Shaftesbury High School; Caitlin Eliasson, St. Mary's Academy; Dhillon Harkiran, Balmoral Hall School; Lynda Kong, Fort Richmond Collegiate; Susan Labongo, Dakota Collegiate; David Lussier, Gordon Bell High School; Navneet Pandher, Miles Macdonnell Collegiate; Preeti Singh, Kelvin High School; Tatiana Trebic, Grant Park; Michelle Bissonnette, College Regional Gabrielle-Roy; Kaitlyn Cockerill, Teulon Collegiate; Christine Gemmill, Pilot Mound; Stephanie Gogal, Minnedosa; Ava Grexton, Grandview School; Glenna Lee, Brandon Vincent Massey; Erin McIntyre, Pilot Mound; Erika Pritchard, Treherne Collegiate; Heidi Pylypjuk, Green Valley School; Raya Stutsky, Teulon Collegiate; and Darcy Vermeulen, MacGregor Collegiate.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 7, 2006 $sourceSection$sourcePage

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