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. 

2017-2018 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.

Carly Black '20

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

Megan Evans '19

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

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

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”

Cecilia Liu '20

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

Brynne  Stewart '18

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