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.
2018-2019 Forever Woods Scholars
This scholarship has been awarded to ten 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”
Megan Evans '19
“As a Forever Woods Scholar, I have the honour and privilege of graciously embodying Marissa’s upbeat personality and beautiful individualities in all ways that I am capable. Being a Forever Woods Scholar motivates me to make meaningful and well-rounded contributions to the STS community through my commitment to academics, athletics, and co-curricular activities. I strive to exhibit everything Marissa stood for, and I look forward to supporting her wonderful legacy for years to come.”
Favourite academic subjects: science, social studies
Co-curricular and community involvement: volleyball, basketball, field hockey, badminton, track and field, choir, peer tutoring, Outdoor Education, Duke of Edinburgh, and volunteer for Maison Seniors Home
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."
Favourite academic subjects: science, math, and international politics
Co-curricular and community involvement: band, Senior Jazz Band, choir, Senior School musical, speech, Model United Nations, badminton, track and field, PYPx Mentor, peer tutor, band camp leader, Mental Health Awareness Summit, RBC’s Race for the Kids in support of youth mental health programs
Jayhan Kherani '19
“It is an honour to be a recipient of the Marissa Staddon Forever Woods Scholarship and I will always endeavour to demonstrate Marissa’s attributes of fortitude, leadership, generosity, acceptance, and balance in all aspects of my life. I am inspired to bring a warm smile, kind demeanour and willingness to my surroundings in hopes of creating a positive and encouraging atmosphere for others. Whether on the court, in the classroom, band dome or performing community service, Marissa’s legacy and STS reminds me to strive to be a strong leader and apply the school motto of “Nil Nisi Optimum”, nothing if not my best.”
Favourite academic subjects: English, design
Co-curricular and community involvement: Round Square, choir, band, speech and debate, peer tutor, Science Fair mentor, volleyball, Royal Conservatory Speech Arts and piano, Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board Member, Ismaili Volunteer Corporation member, Glencoe Club summer camp volunteer, World Partnership Walk, and Make-A-Wish “Volleython”
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.”
Favourite academic subjects: science, math
Co-curricular and community involvement: choir, musical, volleyball, Model United Nations, field hockey
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."
Favourite academic subjects: science, English
Co-curricular and community involvement: badminton, debate, band, Royal Conservatory piano, Royal Conservatory flute, volunteering in children's ministry at church
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.
Favourite academic subjects: science, math, social studies
Co-curricular and community involvement: band, orchestra, badminton, musicals, Chamber ensemble, basketball, church, debate, cello.
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."
Favourite academic subjects: math, science
Co-curricular and community involvement: peer tutor, musical, Round Square, Reach for the Top, choir, band, Drop-In Centre volunteer, Stanford University Pre-Collegiate Studies
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."
Favourite academic subjects: social studies, science
Co-curricular and community involvement: figure skating, Model United Nations, Duke of Edinburgh, Can-skate volunteer, Calgary Student Youth Council Member, Glencoe Club volunteer, PYPX Mentor, soccer.
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