GP Vanier principal Julie Shields (left) with the school’s 2018 Governor General’s Award winner Sarah Rebitt. Photo submitted

GP Vanier principal Julie Shields (left) with the school’s 2018 Governor General’s Award winner Sarah Rebitt. Photo submitted

Sarah Rebitt named the Vanier recipient of the Governor General’s Award

Sarah Rebitt was named the recipient of the 2018 Governor General’s Award for GP Vanier Secondary, as the graduating student with the highest grade average in the 2017-2018 school year.

Rebitt’s graduating average was 98.4 er cent.

Here is what she had to say about receiving the Governor General’s Award:

My curiosity about the world fuels my love to learn, and I take the time to acquire new knowledge/skills in every situation. On top of my love of learning, I am described as a high achiever, always putting forth my best effort and not giving up easily. I am a very observant person who picks up on details which help me better understand society. I made the most of my high school experience by getting involved in everything I could. From Volleyball and Rotary Interact to Senior Leaders and the Grad Legacy Project, I was always busy doing something. Despite being more drawn to math and science, I never took a class that I didn’t wholeheartedly enjoy.

Making a difference in the world and living life to the fullest are two extremely important goals for me. My involvement with the Rotary Interact Club at Vanier for four years has inspired me to reach out and help others and given me faith that I can make a difference. I am tremendously humbled to be supported by the wonderful family and friends that I have. But it only makes me realize how much I can give. I had been juggling the idea of taking a gap year for awhile, and I finally decided to go through with it. Taking a year off became more and more appealing as I thought about the impact I want to have on the world. I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to explore the world and make a difference in the lives of people who are less fortunate than me. After deferring my admission to the University of Victoria until September 2019, I applied to a 7-week expedition to Nepal through Raleigh International. Although I am nervous for this big step in my life I am ecstatic to be departing for Nepal in early October.

When I begin my post secondary education at UVIC next September, I will be studying sciences. I am thoroughly intrigued by how the world works and I am fascinated to learn more in-depth about the science behind it all. I am hoping to continue to develop and apply my love of Math and Sciences while discovering what I want to pursue for the rest of my life. My ultimate goal for my degree is to pair it with a minor in geography or environmental studies to incorporate my passion for making the world a better place.

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