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Weston CI student selected for prestigious university program

Weston CI student selected for prestigious university program

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

A Weston CI student is one of just ten students from across the country to be selected by Queen's University for admission into its Accelerated Route to Medical School program (QuARMS). This September, Shaimaa H begins the innovative two-year program that provides a foundational education before entry into first year studies at Queen’s University’s School of Medicine. 

While the process for acceptance was long and involved, Shaimaa is clearly a very deserving candidate for the program.  She is the top International Baccalaureate Program (IB) graduate in her class this year and was also awarded the Dr. Iris May Marsh Memorial Award. The award, valued at $48,000 over four years, is presented to three high school students pursuing undergraduate studies at Queen's University and recognizes academic ability, creative and original thinking, leadership skills and financial need.

“I still remember when Shaimaa began her journey in grade 9 IB, with a thirst for knowledge and an eagerness to be involved in extra-curricular activities so she could change the world,” recalled Claudia Santos, IB teacher and guidance counselor at WCI. 

Santos said that Shaimaa is a responsible and caring person, always smiling and willing to help others. She joined the WCI Charity Club and quickly became the leader of the club, enthusiastic about giving, sharing and helping others.  She was also a member of the high school emergency response team (HSERT), Eco team, and the African Canadian Leadership Committee (ACLC). She has participated in various Math Contests, Science challenges, and she still finds time to help and support her community at Jane and Finch, where she works with women who want to learn how to sew their own clothing.  

“We are all so proud of Shaimaa for having the resiliency and the tenacity to pursue her passion,” said Santos. These qualities will undoubtedly serve her well at Queen’s and in the future.

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