To be eligible to participate in graduation, it is mandatory that each student has:

Grad Class of 2019

PHOTOS June 25, 2019 – Centre in the Square – Grad –> click here (password – bottom of last page of graduation program)

grad spirit wear –> school cash online

2019-2020 Graduation:  PACKAGE –> coming in 2020

2019-2020 Graduation:  IMPORTANT DATES –> coming in 2020

2019-2020 VALEDICTORIAN Nomination Form –> coming in 2020

coming February 2020 –> complete the St. Mary’s HS SCHOLARSHIP RESUME (to help identify candidates for scholarships / awards)

Grad Awards

The following awards have, in the past, been presented during the graduation ceremony.
This list will be updated in April of each school year.

2019-2020 – Scholarships for Students Accepted to a Post-Secondary Institution in Canada (last updated: Sept. 2019)

Note: some of the awards involve an application process. More information and an application form will be posted later this school year.

Graduating students should also consult the Post-Secondary and Career Planning page on the St. Mary’s website.

Community-Sponsored Awards – 2018-2019 – Application Form – due:  April 30, 2019

Criteria:

Presented to a student pursuing post-secondary education, who resided in this community during high school, with an outstanding record in volunteerism

Award:  $500

Criteria:

Presented to an all-around student who has demonstrated community and school involvement

Award:  2 @ $250

Criteria:

Presented to a student pursuing post-secondary education, who resided in this community during high school, with an outstanding record in volunteerism

Award:  $200 (donated by SMH)

Criteria:

Presented to the student who has made significant contribution to the quality of student life and whose character and accomplishments exemplify the mission of the school

Award:  $500

Criteria:

An award for students who work toward the betterment of the world through a commitment to social justice

Award:  $300

Criteria:

An award presented to a student continuing with post-secondary education for academic achievement, involvement in extra-curriculars and community service

Award: $300

Criteria:

Presented to a student with strong Catholic faith, outstanding commitment to social justice and plans for post-secondary education

Award: $300

Criteria:

Presented to a female student for academic achievement and outstanding community service

Award: $500

Criteria:

Presented to a student who has demonstrated good academic and or personal achievement and will be attending post-secondary education

Award: $125

Criteria:

Presented to a student who has demonstrated exemplary leadership qualities, such as going above and beyond and positively contributing to the school community.

Awards: 2  from two local MPs (a plaque, a letter and a certificate)

Criteria:

Presented to a student with exemplary volunteerism with the needy.

Award: $250

Criteria:

For a student of excellent character who is continuing to post-secondary studies and is engaged in civic activities.

Award: $1,000

Faculty-Selected Awards Determined by Criteria:

Criteria:

Awarded to a student (as determined by the student’s Gr. 11 and Gr. 12 Pre-AP teacher) who demonstrates a high level of dedication to the study of English. The qualifications for this scholarship will not be based on marks, but on commitment to literature and the arts. I.e. This student may not have the highest mark in their English studies, but they demonstrate a profound passion for learning/love of English. Criteria to consider throughout grade 11 and grade 12

1) completion of grade 11 and 12 pre-AP English courses
2) participation and enthusiasm in English classes
3) thoughtful engagement with works chosen for class, either in discussion or in papers
4) high quality of writing and communication skills
5) extra-curricular involvement with literature. Examples could be, but are not limited to: submissions to writing contests, involvement in literacy programs, participation in drama productions, enrolment in more than one English class per year, etc.
6) independent learner
7) thinks outside the box
8) risk taker

Award: $1,500

Criteria:

Presented to a student who has demonstrated exceptional quality in hospitality services

Award: $200

Criteria:

Awarded to two students who exemplify the school’s mission statement

Award: 2 @ $250

Criteria:

Presented to one male and one female for outstanding achievement at the college level or workplace level.

Award: 2 @ $500

Criteria:

Awarded to a student for personal achievement and a positive attitude in the school community

Award: $250

Criteria:

Presented to a student with an informed moral conscience, who takes initiative, demonstrates Christian leadership in a quiet, subtle manner and leads by example

Award: $100

Criteria:

Donated by the award winning staff to students who have shown dedication, perseverance, and personal accomplishment in preparing for post-secondary studies

Award: 2 @ $200

Criteria:

Presented for school dedication and citizenship goes above and beyond the requirements of their position in serving the St. Mary community

Award: $200

Criteria:

Presented to 2 students who have shown qualities of determination as new Canadians and who will be pursuing post-secondary education

Award: $200

Criteria:

Presented to a University bound student, a College bound student and a student bound for the World of Work who have demonstrated student excellence based on criteria that includes the OCGE (needs to have taken Workplace English).

Award: plaque

Criteria:

Presented to students whose actions embody the 7 Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations.

Awards: 7 medals

Criteria:

For a student enrolled in the SHSM Health Sciences Program and pursuing a post secondary program in Health Sciences.

Award: $500

Criteria:

For independent and entrepreneurial spirit with good citizenship and volunteerism

Award: $500

Criteria:

Student pursuing Arts in Post-Secondary who has demonstrated excellence in Academics (Arts) & Co-curricular contributions

Award: $30

Criteria:

The award is presented by Kitchener-Waterloo Kiwanis to a deserving graduating Key Clubber as recommended by the Faculty Advisor and Kiwanis Advisor.

Award: $800

Criteria:

Presented to a student who is pursuing an apprenticeship and has demonstrated excellence in their pursuit of this goal.

Award: $100

Criteria:

Presented to a student who has contributed to enriching the school and faith community and created a place for all in our school community, through their acts of compassion, caring, inclusion and kindness by exhibiting perseverance, determination, and follow through.

Award: $125

Academic Awards (no application process):

Criteria:

Awarded to a student who completed Gr. 11 Pre-AP English, Gr. 12 Pre-AP English and the AP English Exam. Marks for each of the three courses will be tabulated, an average obtained, and the award administered to the student with the highest average mark. In the event of a tie, the highest mark on the English AP exam will be the detemining factor.

Award: $1,500

Criteria:

Presented to the female with the highest academic average in 6 university level courses.

Award: $150 + book

Criteria:

Presented to the female student with the highest average in grade 12 University level Chemistry

Award: $150

Criteria:

Scholarship for general proficiency (4th, 5th, 6th, 7th highest graduating average)

Award: 4 @ $250

Criteria:

Presented for academic merit to 1st, 2nd, 3rd highest averages of top 6 gr. 12 U/C, M or C courses

Award: 3 @ $200

Criteria:

Presented to a student who has shown academic excellence (2nd highest graduating average)

Award: $300

Criteria:

Presented to the student with highest academic standing (1st highest graduating average)

Award: $200

Criteria:

Presented to a student who has demonstrated academic excellence (3rd highest graduating average)

Award: $200

Awards with a Special Application Process – Apply Directly to the Donor:

Criteria:

Presented to a graduating student who has displayed an active involvement in the parish. Check the parish bulletin for details.

Criteria:

The Waterloo Catholic Schools Foundation has recently established the Awards of Distinction program honouring Catholic secondary school graduates who demonstrated exemplary performance in one or more of the award categories through academic achievement and participation in extra-curricular school activities.

  1. Literary Arts
  2. Performing Arts
  3. Athleticism
  4. Math, Science, or Technology
  5. Faith and Social Justice
  6. Catholic Youth Leadership

Award: $100 each

Criteria:

Presented by Gaspard Canada who supplies the rental gowns for graduation. Applications available at:  www.gaspard.ca

Criteria:

See your Guidance Counsellor for more details – Applications due in grade 11

Presented to the deserving student from each Secondary School who has demonstrated motivation and change and has grown both personally and academically as a result of their involvement in the Specialist High Skills Major Program.

application process – printable pdf document

$250