Beyond the Classroom

Over the past several months, there have been many outstanding accomplishments made by Mini School students both present and past!

Piradeepan Uthayakamar received his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award from the Governor General on February 15, 2012.

This February, Ben Dodman (class of 2010) and Piradeepan Uthayakumar (class of 2012) were presented their Gold Level of the Duke of Edinburgh Award by the Governor General at the Hotel Vancouver.  Did you know the McNair Mini School has more Gold Award recipients per capita than any other school group in BC?  In addition, fellow McNair students Jon Chan and Nerissa Jawanda joined Ben and Piradeepan.

Some of our past grads are spreading their wings and spending some time abroad.  Jeremy Lermitte (class of 2007) will be working for Uber Technologies in New York City.  Sarah Noble (class of 2009) will be going on a full year exchange to the University of East Anglia in the city of Norwich (2 hours northeast of London, England)

Ryan Uyeno (class of 2009) has been accepted to the UBC Faculty of Medicine for September of 2012!  Ryan spent the last three years at McGill University in Montreal.  He will join Vignan Yogendrakumar (class of 2007) who will be in his third year at UBC Med.

Sonali da Silva (class of 2013) recently won Richcity Idol at Gateway Theatre on May 29, 2012.  After beating out all other contestants during McNair’s singing competition, she faced the top singers from every high school in Richmond.  Her rendition of Kelly Clarkson’s Beautiful Disaster won her the most votes at the sold-out event.  Congratulations, Sonali!

Sonali da Silva was crowned Richcity Idol 2012 after beating out all other high schools in Richmond

It really is wonderful to hear about where our former grads are and what they are doing.  Please contact us to let us know about the wonderful things our Mini School students are doing!

Mr. Bernie Soong stands proudly with past and present Mini School students Piradeepan Uthayakumar, Ben Dodman and Jon Chan. Congratulations on your Duke achievements!

The McNair Mini School Staff


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