It is very impressive that two students from one school in the Seven Oaks School Division are selected to represent Manitoba at a Student People to People Leadership Summit at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., this summer.
David Doerksen (Grade 6) and Vikram Khangura (Grade 7) of O.V. Jewitt Community School have been recognized for their scholastic achievements and exemplary citizenship.
This summer, these two outstanding students will experience university life for seven days at the prestigious Harvard campus. They will participate in studies that will advance their education, leadership, and community involvement.
The summit also offers a rear opportunity for David and Vikram to join other accomplished students from more than 75 countries to meet and exchange ideas that may contribute to world peace.
David Doerksen excels in all of his school programs and is always ready to go out of his way to assist fellow students. He is also an avid and talented golfer.
Since his kindergarten days, David has been an exceptional student. He has earned a stack of student awards.
"I apply the discipline and ethics of golf sports to my school work and at home," David said.
David has had the opportunity to live and attend schools in the U.S. and in the Caribbean. This experience has given him an added appreciation for diversity and cross-culture.
Vikram Khangura is model student. He amazes his teachers and parents with his dedication, hard work and top academic achievements.
Teacher Harpreet Panag said "Vikram’s many positive qualities make him a natural leader in all his classrooms."
He is a keen member of the school patrol team. Some mornings, he was the only one at the crosswalk station at -35 C. He loves swimming with members of his Wave Swim Club.
"My favorite subject is math. I am thinking about a career in accountancy or in computer technology", Vikram said.
Principal Bob McIntosh of O.V. Jewitt School nominated David and Vikram for the Harvard scholarships.
McIntosh, meanwhile, is being promoted to head a bigger West St. Paul School this coming September.
"I am very proud of all the students and staff of O.V. Jewitt School. I will miss them all. David Doerksen and Vikram Khangura will have a very bright future," McIntosh said.
Derek Dabee is a community correspondent for The Maples. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org