Celebrating Success: March 2024

Celebrating Success: March 2024
Posted on 04/03/2024
Celebrating Success: March 2024

OCDSB students and alumni have been recognized through awards and prize-winning efforts in competitions. Here are just a few of the success stories we’re celebrating:

Schulich Leaders Scholarship

Charif B. from Sir Robert Borden High School was the recipient of a prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarship, receiving $100,000 in scholarship funding from the University of New Brunswick. At Sir Robert Borden, Charif earned the highest overall academic average in grades 9, 10, and 11, received numerous Subject Recognition Awards, and founded the school’s Chess Club. He taught himself the programming language Python and was one of five Ottawa secondary students invited to take part in the University of Ottawa Hackathon. Charif also tutors and volunteers at a food bank. He is described as collaborative, diligent, respectful, and a friend to many.

"Much like the past few decades have had incredible advances at the intersection of technology and communication, the next few decades will feature breakthroughs at the intersection of technology and biology. As such, I plan to use my degree to be at the forefront of these advancements and have the greatest positive impact." – Charif B.


Juno Awards

OCDSB alumnus Nicholas Durocher, known professionally as TALK, was named Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2024 Juno Awards. Nick graduated from South Carleton High School in 2013. He has toured Europe and the United States, played at festivals including Lollapalooza and the Calgary Stampede, and been featured in the soundtracks of several TV shows. His viral hit “Run Away to Mars” has garnered over 130 million streams. Fellow OCDSB alum Drew Yorke-Slader is TALK’s marketing manager and digital strategist. 

Check out TALK’s performance at the Junos:

OBEA Business Awards

Canterbury High School took home 13 awards at the Ontario Business Educators’ Association (OBEA) conference and awards ceremony in October 2023. The awards recognized student skills in a range of areas, from Marketing to Entrepreneurship to Website Development. Read this story by OCDSB student journalist Arson B. to find out more about the awards and what the students had to say!
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