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Principal’s Honour Roll Celebration Pays Tribute to Top Glendon Students


Glendon’s top students for the 2008-2009 academic year were recognized for their academic achievements at the annual Principal’s Honour Roll reception on November 23.

Jaclyn Volkhammer (on the right) with associate principal Françoise Mougeon and principal Kenneth McRoberts

The principal congratulates Adrian Camara

Always a special celebration welcoming both students and their families, this year’s event honoured over 50 students, the largest number in Glendon’s history. “Students currently entering Glendon are the highest achievers to date. It is no wonder, therefore, that we have an ever-increasing number of students who continue to maintain their academic success throughout their years at this campus”, said Glendon principal Kenneth McRoberts.

Twins Elena (left) and Ana Daradur (third from left) have consistently been on the Principal's Honour Roll

Imane Sadek (on the left) with proud parents

Associate principal, academic and research, Françoise Mougeon added her words of praise for the quality of Glendon’s students as a whole and those honoured at the celebration in particular. “The final grade point average [GPA] of our students confirms their quality, as well as the success of our professors and our courses”, said Mougeon. “Students enter as very young individuals and graduate as adults, ready to function in the world. Our graduates are well-prepared to confront whatever challenges the future may bring them.”

Marie-Michelle Constant (centre) with her grandmother and mother

Three proud high achievers, l-r: Doreen O'Shaughnessy, Sufiya Reid and Gwyneth Buck

The student with the highest GPA of 8.5 for 2008-2009 was Jaclyn Volkhammer, a French immersion graduate who is managing to focus on political science, environmental studies and economics, while keeping up her French as well. Jaclyn lives in residence and tries to make the most of everything Glendon has to offer, both in the classroom and in extracurricular activities. She is an avid participant in clubs dealing with political, environmental and human rights issues and has served on several of their executives. She is also an often-featured correspondent in Pro Tem, Glendon’s top-quality student newspaper. She is a student representative on Faculty Council and an eager participant in community and university government activities. Jaclyn is one of these Renaissance individuals who can also play the piano, enjoys reading science fiction and runs science camps for children in the summer. She was featured as one of York University’s top ten undergraduate stars in the December 2009 issue of York U Magazine.

Emily Parkinson and her Mom

Filbert Philippe Salambiaku (front centre) celebrated by members of his family and friends

Volkhammer’s advice to other students for success is to “[…] get involved, join clubs, talk to your professors and get to know them, because they are wonderful resources and they really care. Use all the resources the campus has to offer, including the library and the language labs. Most of all, schedule your time effectively, plan out your activities, both in class and beyond and jump into university life.”

What does the future hold for Volkhammer? Probably a Masters of Public and International Affairs (MPIA) at Glendon with the goal of public service, perhaps as a policy analyst or as a diplomat. “I came to Glendon for an open house in grade 11 and fell in love with the campus. I know I made the right choice: Glendon has my heart.”

Left: Glendon staff member Lila Manseur (second from left) congratulated by colleagues

As the students honoured with a certificate attesting to their accomplishments came up one by one to receive them and shake hands with the principal and the two associate principals, their families beamed with pride at their achievements and their success.

Article submitted by Glendon communications officer Marika Kemeny

Published on December 9, 2009