Burnaby school board celebrates top grads of 2020

The Burnaby school board recognized the top 2020 grad from each of its eight high schools at an online school board meeting Tuesday.

The Governor General’s Academic Medal for secondary schools is awarded to the grad with the highest average mark for all of his or her grade 11 and 12 courses.

For 2019/20, those students were École Alpha Secondary’s Catherine Wang, Burnaby Central Secondary’s Sarah Chow, Cariboo Hill Secondary’s Callum Lehingrat, Burnaby Mountain Secondary’s Zahrah Khan, Byrne Creek Community School’s Giovanni Ferraresso, École Moscrop Secondary’s Austin Ma, Burnaby South Secondary’s Simran Garcha and Burnaby North Secondary’s Ruiqi (Ricky) Xu.

The top grads and their families are usually invited to a public school board meeting in September and recognized with speeches by their school principals.

This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they were recognized in a brief slide show during an online meeting.

“On behalf of the Burnaby school district and each of our secondary schools, congratulations to each of our winners,” said superintendent Gina Niccoli-Moen after the presentation.


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