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High achieving students recognized at academic awards and honours night


by Laura Redpath

High achieving students at U of T Scarborough were honoured for their academic excellence and other contributions in an evening of appreciation held on November 20.

The students, along with their parents and friends, were recognized at the 2008 Academic Awards presentation and ceremony, held in the Meeting Place. Several hundred students were named as award recipients, honours students and scholarship winners.

A full-house crowd gathered in the Meeting Place where parents, friends and fellow students who were standing and sitting, craned their necks over many heads in order to get a glimpse of the many award winners. (For a complete list of winners and the program, click here.)

The ceremony was followed by refreshments and mingling, during which the student award recipients and parents got  the chance to have their photos taken with Principal Franco Vaccarino and Dean Ragnar-Olaf Buchweitz.

The Honourable Margarett Best, MPP (Scarborough-Guildwood) delivered the opening remarks, speaking about how an individual can have an impact on so many lives in different ways.

Scholarship and awards recipients, along with those who made the honours list, were called up on stage to shake hands with the principal. Science and business student awards were also presented, along with awards that celebrated campus involvement.

Michael Lamberti, a fifth-year English major, said, “I feel very privileged to be included among U of T Scarborough’s brightest students. “But I also felt a bit smarter since I was the only one who thought to stand right where the servers were bringing out the tray -- thus insuring I got first crack at all the food,” he joked. Lamberti was the recipient of an in-course scholarship as well as being named an honours student for the third consecutive year.

U of T Scarborough’s principal said he felt hope as he watched the hundreds of students approach to join him at the podium when their names were called. “We are all celebrating the positive achievements of these students tonight, and the level of energy coming up here is very good,” said Vaccarino. “These students are outstanding and are off to a fantastic start.”

Professor Ragnar-Olaf Buchweitz, vice-principal (academic) and dean at the U of T Scarborough, said the award recipients are a powerful example to the campus community.

“These students are already inspired in themselves, but they are also an inspiration to the rest of us,” said Buchweitz.

As for the students who did not receive awards, they should not feel left out, officials said. All of our students add value and bring their unique contributions to the campus, Vaccarino said. He stressed the importance of these awards not being viewed at the expense of other students.

“The awards are a way of recognizing a particular group of students,” said the principal. “Students coming into the University of Toronto at Scarborough are already outstanding -- otherwise they would not be getting in here.”

Laura Redpath is a recent graduate of the joint journalism program offered by U of T Scarborough and Centennial College.

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