Since graduating from Glenburnie in 2000, Caitlyn MacMaster has continued to be heavily involved in school and community activities. She earned the Governor General’s Bronze Medal for Oakville Trafalgar High School in 2004, and the University Medal in Environmental Sciences from Dalhousie University in 2008.
Caitlyn’s studies have taken her around the world. Her enjoyment of Glenburnie’s Grade Eight trip to the Huntsman Marine Science Centre in St. Andrew’s, New Brunswick led her to pursue further experiences in Marine Biology and Oceanography.
In the summer of 2003, shespent three weeks in “Beautiful British Columbia” learning about Marine and Environmental Sciences and became SCUBA certified. Three years later, as a research assistant to a professor of Oceanography at Dalhousie University, she spent three weeks on a ship in the South China Sea and the Philippines doing palaeo-climate research on ocean sediment cores. This past summer, Caitlyn traveled around Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic to delve into the impact of Global Climate Change on the region, as part of an International Polar Year project. Caitlyn is now employed as a wind energy consultant in Waterdown, Ontario, where her adventures continue!
Elyse Simpson, a Grade 11 honour student at Iroquois Ridge High School returned to Glenburnie this past spring, along with a number of past Graduates, including Jessica Pigeon and Bronagh O’Rourke, to speak to our Grade 7 and 8 students about high school expectations. A self-taught musician, Elyse has been writing and performing her original music at venues such as El Mocambo, The Docks/ Sound Academy, Hugh’s Room and The Opera House this past year. Elyse is the proud recipient of a Songwriting Scholarship to GuitarWorkshopPlus, a summer event that hosts many well known artists such as John Scofield, Rik Emmett, and Gary Hoey. An entrepreneur as well as a performer, Elyse is in the early stages of starting a record label for folk, rock, and alternative artists. Most recently Elyse was nominated for the 2008 Ontario Independent Music Awards!
After graduating in 2002, Alex Sheriff decided to pursue his interest in art and attended Cawthra Park Secondary School as a Visual Arts major. Being immersed in the arts for four years solidified his interest in visual culture and he decided to continue his education at The Ontario College for Art and Design. Alex has organized several successful shows in Oakville and Toronto and has had works on display at The Towne Square Gallery in downtown Oakville. His goals are to continue organizing shows, and exhibiting works in the hope of establishing himself as a professional artist.
Jackie Burns, Glenburnie graduate Class of 2005, is in her final year of high school and wishes to continue on to University, majoring in Theater Studies. Over the past 4 years, she has been very busy with dance and has been competing every spring. She has received several overall awards, including an overall high scoring Musical Theater award at Bedazzled Dance Champions in the Spring of 2008. She also returns to Glenburnie every year to choreograph the Spring Musical. Jackie is very happy to have been a Glenburnie student for 10 years.
Glenburnie graduate, Marcel DeBellis is a goalie with a very promising future in the world of professional soccer. He was recently invited to train with the youth teams of Portuguese clubs Victoria Setubal and Benfica of Lisbon. He made such an impression, that he was invited to return to Benfica for the remainder of their season. Upon his return in January, 2008, Marcel lived and trained at Benfica’s state-of-the-art training facility while continuing with his studies. We would like to congratulate Marcel and wish him continued success with his soccer endeavors!
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