2023-2024 Student Recognition Awards

2023-2024 Student Recognition Awards
Posted on 06/25/2024

Each year, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board Student Recognition Awards celebrate excellence in student leadership. Students are chosen by their principals and vice-principals for their demonstration of initiative, supported by the will to succeed, the dedication to finish what they started, and the commitment to achieve their personal best.


Congratulations to this year’s winner from Cairine Wilson Secondary School: Sophia C.


Sophia has shown leadership in a number of school-wide initiatives, including her unwavering perseverance to organize the school’s second annual move-a-thon. This year, her objective is to support the Tazimond Foundation, a charity in Uganda that combats period poverty by providing reusable pads for young girls. In addition to supporting Ugandan girls, the move-a-thon aims to provide an inclusive, spirited event to finish the school year with joy. In order to be as inclusive as possible, Sophia and her organizing committee made sure that everyone was able to participate, so they diversified the games into various skill sets including obstacle courses, trivia, and charades. They also made sure to extend personal invitations to Developmental Disabilities Program (DDP) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) classes, and to provide them with extra support throughout the competition. Last year’s results were spectacular; there were 120 participants, over 30 volunteers, and the event raised $4,000. This initiative represents Sophia’s commitment to making the world a better place as well as maximizing her impact on her peers at Cairine Wilson Secondary School.


Learn more about this year's award recipients on the OCDSB website.
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