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.
2016-2017 Forever Woods Scholars
This scholarship has been awarded to six students, who exemplify excellence in academics, and a generosity of spirit as indicated by their participation in service and co-curricular activities.
Rhea Beauchesne '17
“Being a Forever Woods Scholar means taking the opportunity to graciously honour the amazing people that were so tragically lost in 2003 in any way I am capable, keeping their incredible legacies alive. I always try to embody Marissa Staddon’s beautiful characteristics in all ways that I am able, in hopes that I can keep her story and legacy alive for years to come.”
Favourite academic subject: biology
Co-curricular and community involvement: volunteering at a veterinary clinic, peer tutoring, helping elementary students with reading, Diversity Week committee, volleyball coaching, and assisted to organize 2016 WCIS tournament at STS
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
Maryn Franks '18
“Receiving the Marissa Staddon Forever Woods Scholarship is a privilege and a great honour. I hope I can carry on the same positive influence as Marissa, as I am very passionate about my academics, my connection to the outdoors, and involvement with the local and global community. I know that my experiences at STS will prepare me to make positive change in the world.”
Favourite academic subjects: math, chemistry
Co-curricular and community involvement: Model United Nations, Round Square, peer tutoring, cross-country running, Outdoor Education, Duke of Edinburgh, swimming, and piano
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”
Brynne Stewart '18
“Being a recipient of the Marissa Staddon Scholarship motivates me to become a more involved student and community member. Marissa’s kindness and character acts as an inspiration for the person that I wish to be. I aim to always invest myself in my activities and academics in order to honour her legacy to the best of my abilities."
Favourite academic subjects: math, chemistry
Co-curricular and community involvement: Environmental Sustainability Club, speech, debate, band, senior musical, tutoring, field hockey, and Kids Cancer Care camp counselor
Mckenzie Witschi '17
“I am constantly humbled to have been awarded a Forever Woods Scholarship, and it continues to inspire me to not only strive to purse by my own excellence in scholarship, leadership and character, but also to encourage and create more opportunities for others to do so as well. I hope through my actions I can exhibit the leadership and strength of character of Marissa Staddon.”
Favourite academic subjects: English, history
Co-curricular and community involvement: Prefect, scorekeeping for volleyball and basketball, Round Square International Conference in Germany, cross-country running, basketball, and field hockey