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Two Local Students to experience a month-long enrichment program this summer

A pair of local students were among the close to 1,000 students taking part in this year’s SHAD Program.

Brian Yang, a Grade 11 student at Dr. JH Gillis Regional High School was selected to take part in this year’s SHAD program at the University of Calgary starting July 1.

Kaitlyn Kavanaugh, a grade 11 student from Fanning Educaiton Centre/Canso Academy, will head to the University of PEI.

Through SHAD, students in grades 10 to 12 are immersed in a one month enrichment program focused on STEAM: science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

SHAD is headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, and produces leaders for Canada through its award-winning, pan-Canadian enrichment platform for high school students.



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Local Student wins Award with ECMA’s Music Moves Me Program

A Grade 11 student at Dr. JH Gillis Regional High School in Antigonish, Harmony Adesola has finished first for his music video in the 2018 East Coast Music Association-TD’s Music Moves Me Program.

The first place prize includes one thousand dollars for the school’s music program, a ticket for Harmony and one adult chaperone to attend the East Coast Music Awards show in Halifax tonight, a peformance at the awards and a guaranteed acceptance to the free TD Soundwaves Student Conference on Friday.

Adesola was scheduled to peform at the ECMA 30th anniversary Kick-Off Waterfront Concert yesterday.

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Dr. JH Gillis Students On Bauer Theatre Stage This Week

The Theatre Arts class at Dr. JH Gillis Regional  High School in Antigonish is performing a series of short plays that explores the complexities of love.  The romantic comedy is called “Almost Maine” by John Cariani, and directed by Jenn Laudadio.  The plays are set in a community called Almost, in northern Maine near the Canadian Border.  The seven small plays have quick references to one another.     “Almost Maine” is playing Monday  and Tuesday night at 7:30 at the Bauer Theatre.

One of the actors in the production is Victoria Rankin, featured in the play “Where it all Went”.

Mohammed El Imam also featured in “Where it all Went” with Rankin says he is enjoying his first experience performing the Bauer stage.


One of the actors in the show is Harmony Adesola, who is featured in the play “Sad and Glad”, a character torn between his ex-girlfriend and a new love.


There are 22 students in the class, representing nine different cultures, including international students and students who moved to Canada from other countries.  Proceeds from the performances will fund the class trip to Dramafest 2018 this year.  Admission is by donation.

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Unified Sports Basketball game declared a success

A hotly contested basketball game took place on Friday at Dr. JH Gillis that was put on by a program called Unified Sports. The program through Special Olympics supports an increase in physical activity for all participants and provides students of varying abilities a chance to play basketball.
Beth MacDonald says the students from both Dr. JH Gillis and SAERC put forward a lot of effort to make the day possible:
Jersey’s were provided to all players, which were donated by Special Olympics. Members from both teams expressed how enjoyable to day was and they look forward to trying other sports in the future.
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Local schools win championship banners at Cross Country Provincials

 Several local teams came home with provincial championship banners from Monday’s 2017 NSSAF Cross Country Championship in Halifax.
Dr. JH Gillis Regional Royals Intermediate Women and Senior Women teams won provincial titles.  The Junior Women’s title was also won by a local team from Saint Andrew Junior School.  The Senior Men’s team from Dr. JH Gillis and the Junior Men’s team from Saint Andrew Junior School finished second in their divisions.
Four local runners also made the podium in their events.  Daniel Mombourquette of East Richmond Education Centre finished second in Junior Men’s, Emma Cameron  of Saint Andrew Junior School was third in Junior Women’s, Allie Sandluck of North Nova Education Centre finished third in Intermediate Women’s and Raymond Simpson of North Nova Education Centre came Third in Senior Men’s.
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Two Local Students receive Prestigious Loran Scholarships

Two local students within the Strait Regional School board have been recognized as Loran Scholars. They include Janine Lock who attends Strait Area Education Centre and Kerilyn Kennedy who attends Dr. JH Gillis Regional High School.

Loran scholars are determined through a tough selection based on integrity, courage, compassion, determination and a high level of personal autonomy. Janine Lock says she would personally like to thank the people who have supported her over the years:

Kerilyn says the feeling of being a Loran scholar still hasn’t sunk in:


The prestigious Loran scholarship is an award valued at about $100,000 that will help fund undergraduate university studies. Both Janine and Kerilyn are busy applying to universities now.