Megan Lam from St. Robert Catholic High School in Thornhill, Markham, scored a perfect 100 per cent average in her final year of high school, making her the York Catholic Board's top graduating student this year.
Megan was enrolled in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, which meets the Ontario curriculum and also offers a rigorous, internationally-recognized curriculum. She said, "the close-knit IB community provided an extended network of support and friends without whom I could not have achieved what I have thus far. They encouraged me to continue to strive for excellence, and provided comfort in knowing that I was not alone." YCDSB offers the IB program at three schools: St. Robert CHS, Father Michael McGivney CA, and Cardinal Carter CHS.
During her time at St. Robert CHS, Megan participated in several school clubs, most notably, she served as the President of St. Robert's Math Club, was a Senior Member of the Debate Team, and was on the Executive Council of the DECA team, which provides students with practical business knowledge and experience. Outside of school, Megan teaches piano and music history, and acts as a Youth Ambassador for World Vision.
"The people around me motivated me to do my best every day," said Megan. "The St. Robert teachers and administrators encouraged me to strive for more than academic success and to also focus on developing my skills as an individual. This played a major role in influencing my approach and attitude toward my education. My high school experience was truly unforgettable, and made even more so by the school community and the friends around me."
This past spring, Meghan was a finalist in Queens University's QuARMs program (Queen's Accelerated Route to Medical School). Through this program, she realized that she truly wanted to become a physician. "I learned about life as a doctor and as a medical student. It motivated me to work even harder to pursue this goal," said Megan. "I was introduced to the world of medicine and caring for others. Ultimately, I cannot think of a more fulfilling profession than that of being a physician, helping others and truly making a difference in the lives of others." Megan will begin the Scholar's Electives Program in the Medical Sciences at Western University in September.
Following close behind Megan were Father Michael McGivney CA students, Malavan Ragulojan and Janani Sathiaselan, who both scored an average of 99.83% in their top six Grade 12 courses.
Both Malavan and Janani opted to attend Father Michael McGivney CA specifically for its IB program after graduating from local area public elementary schools. Malavan credited "the challenging IB program and very driven classmates" for his academic success. Similarly, Janani said, "my peers in the IB program were very supportive. It was nice to face the trials and challenges of the intensive program together, because we really understood and supported each other. The administration at McGivney was incredible, and my teachers were very supportive too."
During his four years at Father Michael McGivney, Malavan spent two years as the President of the Science Club and was Secretary of the Game Development (programming) Club. He was also a member of the school's Free the Children, and ESP (Empowered Student Partnership) anti-bullying clubs. Outside of school, he volunteers his time at a robotics camp, and with the Markham Public Library's coding camp. Malavan will begin the Health Sciences program at McMaster University in September, and would like to eventually become a neurosurgeon.
Janani served as the President of McGivney's Eco Club, and as Vice-President of the ESP club. She was also a member of the school's SLAM (Student Leaders at McGivney) and OSAID (Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving) clubs. In her free time, she plays the violin. Janani will begin the Medical Sciences program at Western University in September. In the future, she would like a career where she can use her skills to help others.
The York Catholic District School Board congratulates Megan, Malavan and Janani on their remarkable achievements, and extends its best wishes to them as they pursue their post-secondary studies.
Following is a list of the top student from each York Catholic secondary school, based on the average of their best six Grade 12 classes.
|Student Name||School||Community||Grade 12 Average*|
* Based on the average of the students’ marks in their six best Grade 12 courses.
** Indicates a tie
|Spencer Rosen||Cardinal Carter CHS||Aurora||99.17|
|Chloe Gao||St. Maximilian Kolbe CHS||Aurora||98.67|
|Sarah Trudel||Our Lady of the Lake CCS||Keswick||96.17|
|Carlo Panaro||St. Joan of Arc CHS||Maple||95.83|
|Malavan Ragulojan||Father Michael McGivney CA**||Markham||99.83|
|Janani Sathiaselan||Father Michael McGivney CA**||Markham||99.83|
|Jonathan Tian-Wei Lee||St. Augustine CHS||Markham||97.17|
|Melissa Liu||St. Brother Andre CHS||Markham||98.67|
|Pei-Yao Chen||Sacred Heart CHS||Newmarket||98.00|
|Jacqueline Lai||Jean Vanier CHS||Richmond Hill||96.33|
|Katrina Cecco||St. Theresa of Lisieux CHS||Richmond Hill||99.00|
|Raffaele Cramarossa||St. Elizabeth CHS||Thornhill||99.33|
|Megan Lam||St. Robert CHS||Thornhill||100.00|
|Laura Haba||Father Bressani CHS||Woodbridge||98.33|
|Steven Duria||Holy Cross CA||Woodbridge||96.67|
|Cassandra Sansone||St. Jean de Brebeuf CHS||Woodbridge||98.33|