Highland Secondary’s most prestigious award is the Osler Shield. It has been awarded annually since 1938 to Highland’s top all-around graduating student.
Usually it is awarded at the cap and gown graduating ceremony in front of students and parents.
In accordance with the COVID-19 regulations, like the graduation ceremonies themselves, for the first time this year it was awarded virtually, with students and parents watching online from home. The award is based on three criteria: excellence in academics, citizenship, and either fine arts or athletics.
This year’s winner, Luke Yeo, excelled in all. Academically, he had a 96 per cent average across a broad course selection and was named to the Principal’s Honour Roll for the fifth time in five years. He volunteered countless hours coaching, refereeing, and score-keeping numerous school sports at Highland. In athletics, he was outstanding in multiple sports, captaining both soccer and basketball teams. He excelled on the basketball court with skill, work ethic and leadership. His unselfish play made everyone around him better.
In recognition of his play, he was named to play for the North Island in the Vancouver Island All-Star basketball game. In fine arts, Luke played in the Highland Concert Band and Jazz Band, winning the music award on several occasions. Luke has been given a scholarship to the University of Victoria, where he hopes to pursue a medical degree and a career in sports medicine.