Lieutenant Governor's Awards Recognize Outstanding Grade 11 Students

Each year, the Lieutenant Governor’s Medals are awarded to two grade 11 students from each high school, in recognition of demonstrated leadership qualities, service to the school and community, and commendable academic standing. The following students received medals from the Honourable Arthur J. Leblanc, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, at a ceremony in Halifax on May 1:


Emma Rice, Annapolis West Education Centre

Emma has attempted a highly academic course load in grades 10 and 11, achieving Honours with Distinction both years.  She demonstrates leadership in school, serving as NS International Student Ambassador, participating in Encounters with Canada, yearbook committee, school enrichment, Me to We, and Student Council.  She is an active participant and leader in school athletics, being a member of the volleyball, basketball, soccer, and softball teams.  When she is not studying, playing school sports and participating in extracurricular activities, Emma is contributing to her community, volunteering at Tupperville community suppers, Burning Elements Catering Company, Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens dinners, and playing volleyball with the Annapolis Blaze club team. 


Joe Cooper, Annapolis West Education Centre

Joe has taken a challenging course load, maintaining Honours with Distinction in grades 10 and 11. In addition to his academic achievements, Joe is extensively involved in many aspects of school and community.  He has been a member of the school basketball, volleyball, and track and field teams, making appearances at regional and provincial competitions.  Joe was a nominee for the Ron O’Flaherty Award (2017) for excellence in academics and school sport, and recipient of the NSSAF Celebration of School Sports Award (2019) for participation, fair play, and service to school sports.  Joe is a member of AWEC’s Envirothon team, plays flute in AWEC’s Senior Concert Band, and received the Duke of Edinburgh bronze level award.  When he is not studying, participating in school sports and other extracurricular activities at school, Joe can be found volunteering with the Clean Annapolis River Project’s Youth Leadership Environmental Change Project, or helping with church dinners and community fundraisers.  


Jayce Phillips, Avon View High School

Jayce has achieved an impressive academic standing, consistently scoring high marks across subject areas. Jayce has been a member of student council for two consecutive years and is a member of the AVHS stage band, wind ensemble, and jazz band. He is also a leader of Avon View’s Unified Basketball program, which unites students with and without intellectual disabilities on the basketball court. Jayce has been involved in the school football, hockey, rugby, and track and field teams. He is also a member of the archery club, and participates on community hockey and fast pitch teams. Jayce has demonstrated leadership in these sports, as captain of the AVHS football team and as recipient of a Top Hitter award on his fast pitch team. Outside of school, Jayce has volunteered at ball tournaments, and has volunteered with the Windsor Arena. He is a well-rounded student who is respected by peers and teachers alike.


Maisie Gilbert, Avon View High School

Maisie is a top-notch student who consistently earns impressive marks in her subjects. At Avon View High School, she has been involved in initiatives that display her commitment to community and leadership. She is a co-founder and co-leader of the AVHS Glee Club, and is cast as a lead actor in the school production of “Witness for the Prosecution.” She also participates in Face aux Questions, and the AVHS stage band. Outside of school, she performs in a variety of concerts including the Christmas Angels Telethon and numerous other fundrasiers throughout the Valley. She is a section leader of the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir and a member of the Acadia Youth Band, in addition to being a member of various theatre groups in the area. Maisie is a busy young woman who balances school and volunteerism very well.


Becky Foster, Bridgetown Regional Community School

Becky, an Honours with Distinction Options and Opportunities (O2) student, is an ideal candidate for the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal.  At BRCS, she plays soccer, volleyball, basketball, badminton, and the alto saxophone. In the O2 program, she has experience with catering, an annual craft expo, DJ services, and a Co-Op placement in pharmacy. Becky teaches dance, sharing her eight years’ experience as a competitive dance student. She has participated in 4-H for 10 years, delving into photography, animal husbandry and cake decorating, which led to her work for a local bakery. Becky’s busy schedule encourages her to set high academic goals, presenting only her best.


Grace Hall, Central Kings Rural High School

Grace is a great citizen and a valued member of the Central Kings Rural High School community.  A very capable student, she has maintained honours with distinction level academics and been on the Principal’s List throughout her years at Central Kings. Outside of the classroom, Grace is a talented athlete, long-time member of the Girl Guides of Canada, and the organizer and driving force behind a month-long multi-school kindness campaign (#BeccaToldMeTo) in honour of her late friend and community-builder, Rebecca Schofield. Most recently, Grace was one of a small group of students selected to take part in Camp Campeche, a two-week leadership experience in Mexico sponsored by the Nova Scotia International Student Program.


Sophie Keddy, Central Kings Rural High School

Sophie is a great student and a valued member of the Central Kings Rural High School community.  A capable scholar, she has maintained honours with distinction level academics and been on the Principal’s List throughout her years at Central Kings. Outside of the classroom, Sophie is a talented athlete. She has been a member of her cheer team for 11 years, and has been involved with Girl Guides of Canada for 12 years. She is also a busy community volunteer. Most recently, Sophie travelled to Niagara Falls to take part in a national cheer competition.


Charlotte Peng, Horton High School

Charlotte is an outstanding “Honours with Distinction” student at Horton High School. She is secretary for Students’ Council and Music Executive, President of the Me to We club, and the School Choir accompanist. She supports social justice through many school clubs such as Respect for Diversity, Best Friends for Lunch, Horton Holiday Hoorah, Interact, Headstrong mental health committee, 3% Project and the Environment Club. In the community, Charlotte is a member of Plan Canada’s Speakers’ Bureau, Canadian Model United Nations Ambassador, and the Lung Association of Nova Scotia’s Youth Advisory Committee. Music permeates her life with involvements too numerous to mention. One of her most noteworthy accomplishments is receiving two grants to organize and facilitate a youth workshop regarding the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Gender Equality.


Michelle Song, Horton High School

Michelle is an exemplary International Baccalaureate student at Horton High School.  She is a leader in school music, Students’ Council, Headstrong mental health committee and the Environment Club. Michelle was a Canada Wide Science Fair finalist in 2018 and has been selected to compete for Team Canada at the 2019 International Science and Engineering Fair. She is involved in social justice at school through Me to We, Respect for Diversity, and the Interact Club. She has won several provincial medals in badminton over three years. In the community, Michelle has volunteered at the local food bank, hospital, Devour! Festival, and the Acadia Community Language Program.  She represented Nova Scotia at the Canadian Music Competition and is heavily involved in music programs both at school and in her community.


Tyler Baker, Middleton Regional High School

Tyler is a personable, hardworking young man with a contagious smile.  A strong athlete, Tyler is a provincial champion in track and cross country, earning him the right to attend nationals.  He is also an avid basketball player.  Tyler is a member of student council and a positive fixture in the hallways of Middleton Regional High.  In the community, Tyler worked with the local recreation department to develop a twelve-week training program for new runners.  We are fortunate to have Tyler as a member of our school community.  His energy and positive attitude are an inspiration to students and staff alike.


Rebekah Wade, Middleton Regional High School

Rebekah is a bright, articulate, and talented young woman who is always eager to help others. She sets a great example for her peers each day in and outside of the classroom. She has used her musical talents at the local hospital with the Community Outreach Program, and she shares her athletic talents by teaching children to skate.  She currently is using her artistic talents to create props and a backdrop for prom and graduation ceremonies. Rebekah spreads joy to all those around her, and we are always pleased to have a student who pushes herself to greater heights. 


Katherine Myers, Northeast Kings Education Centre

Katherine is a dedicated, empathetic and compassionate individual. She demonstrates strong leadership skills by participating in multiple school and community based activities.  Katherine is in involved with many sport teams at NKEC, including Soccer and Basketball, in which she was the Co-Captain.  Katherine is the flute section leader for the NKEC Concert Band and is a member of the Pit Band for the school musical. Katherine is a member of the NKEC Student Council and NKEC International Student, and also participates in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, Concours d’Art Oratoire and Face Aux Questions.  Katherine was an integral part of the NKEC Space Balloon’s first launch.  She is a longtime member of Ken-Wo Golf Club and also volunteers at church events.  Katherine is a soccer referee and is soon heading on a Rotary Leadership trip to Ottawa.  Academically, Katherine maintains remarkably high grades and has achieved Honours with Distinction.  Katherine is an inspiring and incredible student and is an example to others around her.


Sylvie Lloyd, Northeast Kings Education Centre

Sylvie is a kind, diligent and driven individual who is a great support and leader to her peers.  Sylvie has is a member of NKEC’s Student Council, and is chairperson of both the NKEC Dance Committee and NKEC’s Environmental Club.  Sylvie is a strong athletic leader, serving as Co-Captain for the Senior Girls Basketball team and Captain of the Volleyball team.  Sylvie also participates in softball and table tennis.  Sylvie is the Co-President for the Rotary Interact Club.  Sylvie has a passion for helping others and is a member of the CNIB Foundation and assists with the Special Olympics along with Best Buddies and Unified Sport Basketball.  Sylvie is a dedicated member of the Lifesaving Society and is a lifeguard and swim instructor, for which she has earned several Personal Development Credits. While doing all of this, Sylvie maintains superior academic standing.  Sylvie is an exceptional young woman.


Meagan Strickland, West Kings District High School

Meagan is an excellent student, attaining honors with distinction throughout her high school years.  She has received a leadership award in grade 8, as well as a subject awards in Social Studies and in French.  She demonstrates leadership at school by serving on the West Kings Student Council this year.  She has been involved in many sports, including softball, badminton, squash and rugby.  She has also been a part of Free the Children. Outside of school, Meagan has been involved with the ‘Twelve Baskets Food Bank’ as a volunteer. She has helped with Aylesford Lions Hall dinners and has returned to her middle school to help with grade 8 leader activities.  She has also been learning piano from 2013-2018.  Meagan accomplishes all of this while working part-time.


Gabriel Baker, West Kings District High School

Gabriel is an outstanding student, attaining honors with distinction in high school.  He is part of the West Kings Students’ Council, band activities, and broadcast group.  His past involvement includes the school drumline and working at the campus store, as well as videotaping the school musical production. Outside of school, Gabriel has participated in a community band, and a provincial band.  He has shared his talents with Eastlink TV, and at the Evergreen Nursing Home.  He was a finalist for the Minister’s Entrepreneurship Award of Excellence.  Gabriel currently works part-time in the retail sector, and has also worked in customer service and real estate. Gabriel operates his own business, called “3D Me Now.”


Photo: West Kings District High School medallists Gabriel Baker and Meagan Strickland with Principal Donna Griffin.

For more photos from the medal presentation ceremony, visit


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