Clearview Community Member Achievements
Nicholas Bandiera – OTHS Student from Clearview Wins McMaster Engineering Scholarship
Grade 12 student, Nicholas Bandiera, was awarded the prestigious Hatch Entrance Scholarship to the Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University. The scholarship is presented to 4 students entering the Faculty of Engineering each year and is valued at $48,000 over 4 years.
Nicholas has won many awards leading up to being selected for this scholarship and was recently honoured with membership on the FIRST Robotics Dean’s List named after renowned inventor and founder of FIRST, Dean Kamen. He was chosen as one of the 10 Dean’s List Winners from 51,000 high school students who participate worldwide. Based on this accomplishment, Nicholas was invited to meet in Ottawa with The Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston. Earning a spot on the Dean’s List is no easy feat – applicants must meet stringent guidelines and excel in leadership, technical capability, mentorship and entrepreneurship. Nicholas earned top marks in all these areas through his participation on Oakville Trafalgar High School’s FIRST Robotics team. He has started and mentored many FIRST LEGO League teams in local elementary schools.
He has volunteered in the Clearview Library LEGO program as well as the Kerr Street Ministries LEGO program and was team Captain in grade 11. He continued to be a strong leader on the team in his grade 12 year where he provided mentorship within the team as well. Last summer, Nicholas participated in the Shad Valley program where he was the Head Engineer on the winning team from the Memorial University campus. Last summer’s challenge was to design a product to assist the elderly as well as to create a business plan and marketing strategy for the newly designed product. Nicholas’ team went on to compete in the RIM/Shad Entrepreneurship Cup, a national competition where they won the Best Prototype Award.
Nicholas is consistently recognized for his wonderful combination of leadership and technical abilities while remaining a kind and modest young man. We wish him all the best as he begins university!
Naomi Ruth Macapagal – Miss Philipppines 2010
Naomi has become the current Miss Philipppines 2010. She won the crown last May 8 2010 at Korean Cultural Center at Scarborough. She is presently in her senior year at Oakville Trafalger High school. PIDC (Philipppine Independence Day Council) was the organizer teaching youth like my daughter the virtue of a true filipina and its a charity event helping poor families in the Philippines. She won the 5 major awards , beauty and poise, best in Talent, best in evening gown, best in casual and Miss Photogenic. The main objective of the pageant is to raise charity for the Kapuso and for Answering for the Cry of the Poor (ANCOP) in the Philipppines. She was featured in the Oakville Beaver last summer. She will be going to the Philippines this March break as part of her obligation as Miss Philipppines.
Jessie Marie (Sulidis) – Model/Actress/Dancer/Reality Television Personality
Jessie is a model/actress/dancer/reality television personality. Always attracted to the limelight, Jessie Marie was a natural-born performer. From the tender age of 5, Jessie made her debut in the highly competitive world of gymnastics and dance. While competing in the Miss A ll Canadian Talent Search Pageant, Jessie caught the eye of a local talent agent who helped her pursue a career as a child actress landing roles in blockbuster movies such as Robocop, It Takes Two and The Santa Clause, national commercials and print advertisements.
Taking her love of performance into her high school years, Jessie found herself drawn towards music. After landing the lead role in her high school production of Chicago, she joined a musical tribute act, touring across North America as one of the leading tribute performers to Shania Twain, Avril Lavigne, Britney Spears and the Dixie Chicks. Jessie realized her true passion for the spotlight through performing for packed stadiums at festivals, and charity and corporate events. Featured in several music videos for artists such as soulDecision, Sky, Aaron Carter and Joee, she maintained her involvement in modeling and acting.
Jessie won the title of Miss Molson Indy Canada at the age of 19, having competed in and winning several preliminary title competitions including Miss Molson Indy Toronto. She traveled around the world representing Canada as a brand ambassador for the Champ Car open-wheel racing series. Since winning the Miss Molson Indy title, Jessie has appeared on the cover of the Toronto Sun newspaper on several occasions and become a staple in the Toronto Sun swimsuit edition and calendars.
Last year, Jessie returned to her acting roots, making her Toronto International Film Festival debut opposite Vivica A. Fox in Shark City. She also landed a role in one of the most highly anticipated television events of the year, Disney’s upcoming Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, featuring some of young Hollywood’s hottest stars, the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato.
Despite all of her previous accolades, Jessie may be most recognized as one of the bachelorettes vying for Jake Pavelka’s attention in season 14 of The Bachelor: On The Wings of Love.
Joel Reinders – Football Professional
Joel grew up in Clearview and his parents still reside here. He has been signed with the Cleveland Browns Football Club. Joel attended John Knox Christian School and went on to King’s Christian Collegiate in Oakville. On graduation, he went on to Waterloo University, initially to play basketball. However at 6’8” and 280 pounds, Joel was encouraged to switch from basketball to football and he quickly became a dominant force for the Waterloo football team in just his second year after taking up the sport. Congratulations Joel!
Evelyn Wainewright – OTHS Student from Clearview is recognized with Weston Loran Award
The Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation has recognized life-long Clearview resident, Evelyn Wainewright as a Weston Loran Scholar. The Loran Award recognizes students who demonstrate outstanding leadership, character and service in their community. The scholarship is valued at up to $75,000 over four years. Loran Scholars are encouraged to attend university outside their home province, among other things. Evelyn will be attending Mount Allison University where she plans to study math and physics.
Evelyn gained recognition in her community through the volunteer work she does through the Oakville Trafalgar High School Robotics Team (aka Team 1334, the Red Devils) and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Aside from mentoring dozens of young Lego Robotics enthusiasts, and starting new Lego Robotics teams, Evelyn has created a partnership with the Oakville Public Library where she and her teammates provide free programs to youth. Evelyn also created a robotics leadership retreat that included teams from Halton public, private and Catholic high schools and also created the first co-op course at OTHS focused on encouraging elementary students to see science and engineering concepts as fun. Evelyn hopes to help organize a new Lego team for Clearview’s new public school before leaving for New Brunswick.
When asked about how she got involved in robotics, Evelyn had this to say, “I started in Lego Robotics in grade 6 and I just couldn’t stop. I want to thank all of my teachers and mentors for encouraging and supporting me throughout the years.”
The scholarship covers her tuition as well as providing a living allowance for each year of her undergraduate studies. In addition, Evelyn will be provided with a mentor from her field to guide her development. She is required to complete three summer experiences during her undergraduate work – corporate, policy development and charitable work/personal development – which the Loran will help her to locate. The Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation, which funds the Loran Award, will also provide reimbursement of travel expenses or a salary in the case of unpaid positions up to $7,500 per summer.
Each year, 30 Loran Scholars are selected from over 3,300 applicants across Canada. The applicants write several essays as part of their application and, if selected as semi-finalists, they then go through a day of interviews and finalists are selected. There were 73 finalists selected this year who were each interviewed over a two-day period in February. For more information about the Loran Award, please see http://www.loranaward.ca/.
John Tavares – Ice Hockey Professional
John was born on September 20, 1990 in Mississauga, Ontario, to Barbara and Joe Tavares, who are of Polish and Portuguese descent, respectively. His maternal grandparents, Bolesław and Josephine Kowal immigrated from Poland to Sudbury, Ontario, and his paternal grandparents, Manuel and Dorotea Tavares, immigrated from Portugal to Toronto. At a young age, Tavares moved to Oakville, Ontario (Clearview).
This is where he was first exposed to minor hockey via the Minor Oaks Hockey Association. Tavares also played soccer and lacrosse, and his highly competitive nature often led him to fight with other players. Tavares excelled at lacrosse, following in the footsteps of his uncle John Tavares, the all-time scoring leader in the National Lacrosse League (NLL), and was a ball boy for his uncle’s NLL team, the Buffalo Bandits. The younger Tavares credits his uncle with teaching him the importance of remaining unselfish, stating that what he learned by following his uncle with the Bandits has made him better both as a person and a hockey player. Many skills he learned in lacrosse—such as spinning off checks and battling in traffic—transferred to ice hockey and improved Tavares’ abilities as a goal scorer.
Today, John Tavares is an alternate captain with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Previously he played for the New York Islanders for nine seasons, captain for five. He was selected first overall by the Islanders in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Previously, Tavares competed at the major junior level as a member of the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) before being traded to the London Knights at the 2009 OHL trading deadline with Michael Del Zotto. He broke into the OHL after gaining “exceptional player” status at the age of 14, allowing the Oshawa Generals to select him in the OHL Priority Draft as an underage player in 2005. Tavares was named the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Rookie of the Year in 2006 and CHL Player of the Year in 2007, a year in which he broke Wayne Gretzky’s OHL record of 70 goals in one season. In 2009, he finished the season with a career total of 215 goals, breaking Peter Lee’s OHL record by two.
Tavares was the focus of an unsuccessful push to have the NHL’s draft rules changed to allow him to participate in the 2008 Entry Draft, as well as an attempt to allow him to play in the American Hockey League as a 17-year-old in 2007. Tavares was ranked as the top prospect for the 2009 draft by both National Hockey League (NHL) Central Scouting and International Scouting Services.
Tavares has represented Canada at three International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) sanctioned events, winning gold medals at the 2008 and 2009 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He was named the most valuable player of the 2009 tournament after scoring eight goals and fifteen points in six games. He also participated in the 2006 IIHF World U18 Championships, but failed to medal. Additionally, Tavares represented Canada at the 2006 World U-17 Hockey Challenge and 2007 Super Series.
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