by LAURA KEIL
Two students at Valemount Secondary were awarded the UNBC Scholar scholarship this year. Gr 12 students Sean Dempsey and Josh Thorpe got the 4-year full scholarship this year for outstanding academic achievement in Gr. 11. Winners have the highest gpa at their school, with a minimum grade average of 80%. The GPA is calculated on the basis of English 11, Math 11 and the next four highest marks in Grade 11 courses (to include three academic courses and one elective). The student must also maintain a B average while at university in order to keep the scholarship.
Dempsey says he plans to study Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UNBC. Thorpe says he hopes to study Electrical Engineering, a stream unfortunately not offered at UNBC, so he isn’t sure yet whether he will go there.
Normally only one student is awarded per school in northern BC and Yukon, but due to there being no awarded student in Valemount last year, the school asked if students could be awarded this year.