Marissa Staddon Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to capable young women entering Grade 10 at STS who best represent and reflect the many fine qualities of Marissa Staddon including: excellence in academics, and a generosity of spirit as indicated by their participation in service and co-curricular activities.
About Marissa Staddon
Marissa Staddon was committed to giving of herself and to excellence in all of her endeavours - academic, athletic, and co-curricular. She displayed a generosity of spirit that exemplified thoughtfulness, kindness, camaraderie, and strength of character. It was these qualities, combined with her friendly nature and warm sense of humour, which made her a valuable member of the school community.
2019-2020 Forever Woods Scholars
This scholarship has been awarded to 14 students who exemplify excellence in academics, and a generosity of spirit as indicated by their participation in service and co-curricular activities.
Carly Black '20
"It is an honour and privilege to be the recipient of a Marissa Staddon Forever Woods Scholarship. I hope that I can embody her commitment to giving and excellence as well as her kind, thoughtful, and friendly spirit. I am inspired by her excellence in academic, athletic and co-curricular activities to be a well-balanced student who always tries her best no matter what. I am extremely proud that I was chosen to be a Forever Woods Scholar who gets to honour and remember Marissa’s memory and legacy every day."
Favourite academic subjects: English, science
Co-curricular and community involvement: choir, Round Square, speech, peer tutor, singing, Calgary Food Bank volunteer, Drop-in centre volunteer, Outdoor Education
Bianca Doherty Malla '21
"It is an honour and privilege to be a recipient of the Marissa Staddon Forever Woods Scholarship. I will always strive to embody Marissa’s beautiful attributes of kindness, leadership, thoughtfulness, honesty, and generosity in all aspects of my life. Marissa’s commitment to achieving excellence in her academic, athletic, and co-curricular endeavours inspires me to be a well-balanced student that makes a constant effort to try my very best in all that I do. I am beyond grateful to have been chosen as a Forever Woods Scholar, and am motivated to exhibit Marissa’s outstanding character, uphold her meaningful values, and continue her precious legacy for years to come."
Favourite academic subjects: math, science, sports medicine
Co-curricular and community involvement: volleyball, sailing, skiing, golf, Samaritan’s Purse “Operation Christmas Child” volunteer, De-Winton Community Centre volunteer, Make A Wish “Volleython”
Angelina Horta '21
"I am extremely honoured and grateful to receive this prestigious scholarship and to be recognized as a person who exemplifies Marissa Staddon’s incredible character. Marissa’s legacy inspires me to be a positive role model and strive towards excellence with integrity, generosity and a strong work ethic. I look forward to continuing her legacy as a passionate caring leader and impactful member of the STS community."
Jasmine Leetzow '21
“I am so honored and grateful to have the opportunity to represent and embody Marissa Staddon through her scholarship. Being a Forever Woods Scholar has allowed me to attend the school and immerse myself in the wonderful things the community has to offer, and for this I will be eternally thankful.”
Cecilia Liu '20
"Becoming a Forever Woods Scholar is a great honour and I will strive to exemplify Marissa's thoughtfulness and kindness in my actions. Marissa's impact on the STS community inspires me to commemorate her legacy through my academics, extra-curricular and co-curricular activities, and service of others. I hope that I can honour her character and generosity during my time at STS and in all aspects of my life."
Jessica Mahfoud '22
“It truly is not only an honour, but also a privilege to be a recipient of the Marissa Staddon scholarship. I aspire to demonstrate her excellence in academics along with her generous heart throughout everything that I do. I am genuinely inspired by her actions of determination, thoughtfulness, strength and kindness.”
Katherine Maybaum '22
“It is a privilege and an honour that I was awarded the Marissa Staddon Scholarship. Receiving this scholarship has encouraged me to see the school community in a different way. This scholarship means more than representing my school, caring for my peers, and being a responsible student at STS. This scholarship confers a sense of duty and responsibility to uphold the memory of Marissa and to expand my efforts of Nil Nisi Optimum”
Alia Nanji '22
“It is a true honor and privilege to receive the Forever Woods Scholarship to represent the legacy of Marissa Staddon. I will strive to embody her integrity, compassion, and generosity of spirit. I am inspired to bring a kind smile wherever I go, have a strong work ethic, and do my best at everything I take on. I aspire to honor her character and exemplify her actions through applying STS’ motto of “Nil Nisi Optimum”, nothing if not my best.”
Lillian Pernitsky '22
“I am incredibly thankful for this opportunity to represent Marissa Staddon and carry on her legacy. Marissa demonstrated excellence in everything she did as well as displaying thoughtfulness, kindness, camaraderie and strength of character. I am honoured that I was chosen as a student who demonstrates similar attributes. I hope to do my best to live up to her legacy and the award I have received in her name.”
Karen Thomas '22
“It is an honour to be chosen as a recipient of the Marissa Staddon scholarship and I am inspired and committed to continue to express and develop the outstanding character traits modeled by Marissa Staddon.”
Bethany Tong '21
"As a Forever Woods Scholar, I am inspired to continue to work hard at achieving my goals in music, academics, and athletics. Throughout my time at Strathcona-Tweedsmuir, I will continue to rely on my deep faith and be a student who is committed to integrity, kindness, and generosity of spirit. These are some of the qualities for which Marissa is lovingly remembered. Thank you for providing me with such great hope as I begin my journey at Strathcona-Tweedsmuir."
Sofia Valoria '21
"It is such an honour to receive a Forever Woods Scholarship and to represent Marissa’s great kindness, generosity and spirit. I will strive to continue her legacy of excellence in academics and character during my time at STS and for the rest of my life."
Kessia Varkey '22
“Being awarded the Marissa Staddon Scholarship means a lot to me. I am truly honoured to keep her memory alive by celebrating her virtue of doing your best, be it in academics or co-curricular activities. This scholarship has given me even more drive to better in my academic, athletic, and co-curricular activities.”
Lauren Weissenborn '21
"I feel privileged and blessed to have been awarded this prestigious opportunity to represent the STS community and memory of Marissa Staddon. I will strive to honour and epitomize Marissa through kindness, generosity, camaraderie and excellence in the classroom, on the ice, and everywhere in between."
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