Gregory Hill stood out among seven other scholarship recipients, but he didn’t mind. He was the only male winner of the British Methodist Episcopal (BME) Church – Christ Church academic awards presented at the church’s 168th anniversary banquet last Saturday night.
The Mayfield Secondary School Grade 12 student was recently accepted into Brock University’s Recreation & Leisure Studies program.
“This scholarship could not have come at a better time because I have to start putting together money for university,” said Hill. “I am honoured to be a recipient and I am determined to show the church that their investment in me was worth it.”
The valedictorian of his graduating class at Macville Public School in Brampton, Hill has been a leader in high school. In addition to being a prefect, he captained the school’s football, rugby and basketball teams and is a member of four different bands/choirs at Mayfield, which is one of three regional arts schools in the Peel District School Board.
In the community, he was a volunteer coach and referee for the Caledon Cougars basketball team and an Ontario Spelling Bee assistant.
Baptized two years ago, the teenager is affiliated with the Islington Evangel Centre, where he is part of the youth empowerment ministry and the audio/video team. He also plays the saxophone and delivered a youth Sunday sermon.
Maple High School student, Te-Anne Laborde-Sutton, also welcomed her scholarship with open arms. Recently accepted by Carleton University, the 17-year-old student and pianist plans to pursue political science.
“My goal is to become a family and divorce lawyer, but that could change,” she said. “That’s why I am taking political science. With university on the horizon, I am so happy to win this award.”
Other winners were sisters, Iana and Tifarah Linton; Masini McDermott, Jasmine Santodonato, Carmen-Anne Timm and Simone Williams.
A graduate of Fairbank Middle School and Oakwood Collegiate Institute, Iana Linton – who was unable to attend the banquet – is enrolled in Humber College’s Police Foundations Program. She plans to seek employment with either Canada Border Services or Correctional Services Canada.
Her sister is enrolled in the University of Guelph-Humber family and community social services program.
McDermott is pursuing her first degree in music theatre and fine arts; Santodonato is a first-year University of Toronto criminology student who aspires to attend law school and Timm is pursuing psychology studies at Trent University after graduating from Newtonbrook Secondary School, where she worked with special needs children and was in the co-program.
Williams, 19, is enrolled in York University’s kinesiology program.
Rev. Dr. Chester Searles and Rev. Maurice Hicks are the senior and assistant pastors, respectively, at the BME Church, which is located at 1828 Eglinton Ave. West at Dufferin.
By RON FANFAIR