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News Release: Westwood Student Wins TD Scholarship for Community Leadership Worth Up to $70,000

Angela Wang (centre - fifth from left) with other TD winners. Photo courtesy: TD Canada

(FORT MCMURRAY, AB - June 29, 2017) Fort McMurray Public School District (FMPSD) congratulates Angela Wang, Westwood Community High School grade 12 student, who has won a TD Scholarship for Community Leadership of up to $70,000.

Unique in Canada, TD Scholarships for Community Leadership are designed to recognize the achievements of youth who are making a difference and help them realize their educational goals. Twenty TD Scholarships for Community Leadership are awarded each year to students in their last year of high school, which includes offers of paid summer employment, mentorship opportunities, annual gatherings, and networking opportunities.

“From mentoring at-risk youth and human rights advocacy to building mental health awareness, this year’s recipients embody the values of the TD Scholarships for Community Leadership,” said Dr. Jane Thompson, Executive Director, TD Scholarships for Community Leadership.

“We are inspired by their commitment to their communities and are thrilled to help them realize their educational goals and build a brighter future.”

Wang, 17, won for her outstanding academic and extracurricular activities. She is a founding member of the Coding Club, presently taking AP classes in Calculus, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. She has been ranked first in academics for the past two years, and won an award for highest overall score in the University of Alberta Interdisciplinary Science Competition. She plans to study engineering at UBC or the U of A.

“I'm absolutely amazed by the opportunities that the TD scholarship has given me. I remember the total shock of the phone call, and needing a few moments of silence to take it all in,” shares Wang.

“Nobody really expects to win such a huge scholarship. I had originally planned to take on student loans and get a part-time job, but receiving the TD scholarship means I can spend more time pursuing the things that really matter to me, things like volunteering, extracurricular activities and getting involved on campus. As for what drives me to volunteer, growing up in an immigrant family, I was really struck by the amount of help we received from our communities. I want to give back and help create those same possibilities for other families and other children, and give everyone an equal opportunity to pursue a positive future,” continues Wang, who hails from China.

Christine Tulk, Westwood Counselor nominated Wang for the scholarship. She is proud of her.

“Angela has been very involved in Westwood’s programs and activities.  She has been integral to the Writer’s Club, and Model UN.  Angela has also been very active in our drama department, acting in two of our major productions, as well as competing and earning an award in the Regional One Act Festival. This year, she is the Student Council President for our school and has been an active member throughout high school.”

“She is an exemplary student, who is very well respected by both her peers and the staff.  Her drive, creativity, passion for learning and willingness to initiate new projects make her a positive role model for others. Angela demonstrates exceptional leadership skills and she is a well-rounded, amazing young woman. We are very proud of Angela’s many accomplishments,” adds Tulk.

Wang’s extra-curricular activities have a wide range as well.  She has completed grade 8 piano through the Royal Conservatory of Music, earning the top provincial score in both the piano exam and theory.  She taught traditional Chinese dance for over three years, and performs annually at the Chinese New Year banquet. Wang is also the youth representative on the United Way’s Community Investment Committee.

In addition, she is the founder and president of SPARC (Students Participating Actively and Responsibly in the Community). This is a club that partners with the United Way to get students more involved in community service. The group conducts a variety of fundraising activities for the United Way, spring cleaning for one of the local homeless shelters, and helping with the Tools for School drive for Fort McMurray students who lost their homes in last year’s wildfires.

 Jessica Roy, Principal, Westwood Community High School says, “Angela Wang is a very deserving recipient of this award.”

 “She is a proven student leader at Westwood. She is also an amazing academic student as well as a friend to all. Congratulations Angela!”

For more information, please contact:

Kiran Malik-Khan

Communications Coordinator

Fort McMurray Public School District

W: 780-788-8009

C: 780-880-7666

kiran.malikkhan@fmpsd.ab.ca