SPOTLIGHT: Scholarship cash and more

Ken Catton recently congratulated the winners of PCT scholarships - COURTESY OF PCT
Ken Catton recently congratulated the winners of PCT scholarships
— image credit: COURTESY OF PCT

Ken Catton, vice-president and general manager of Port Moody's Pacific Coast Terminals, recently congratulated graduating students and PCT scholarship winners Caitlin Potts, Emiko Newman and Naomi Oh. The $1,000 scholarships will be used to help the teens pay for their tuition, books and academic supplies at their chosen post-secondary institutions. Potts and Oh attend Port Moody secondary while Newman is at Heritage Woods secondary. "We are very proud of this scholarship program and of students in Port Moody," Catton said in a news release. "Every year we review submissions that are of a very high caliber and we are pleased to support these excellent students with their future scholastic activities."

Port Moody's Pleasantside elementary school is one of 10 finalists in the running for a $10,000 grant to create an outdoor classroom offered by Majesta, a company that manufactures soft paper products made from trees grown in forests certified by The Sustainability Forest Initiative. The winning school will be decided by a public vote at running from March 29 to May 11. The school is currently in 8th place.

A Port Moody secondary student is one of four B.C. teens to win a Lifesaving Society scholarship. Sasha Maleki of Coquitlam — along with Amy Penny of Williams Lake, Noel Lai of Vancouver and David Slade of Delta — clinched the award that was initiated through the society in 1995 by Doug Perks of Commercial Aquatic Supplies; Perks was a Burnaby lifeguard and a competitive swimmer at SFU in the 1960s.

An engineering company that worked on a $30-million watershed management plan for Coquitlam's new Partington Creek neighbourhood on Burke Mountain has scooped an award. Kerr Wood Leidal Associates took one of five 2012 Awards for Engineering Excellence from the Association of Consulting Engineers of BC (ACEC BC).

The Cosmic Readers from Coquitlam's Rochester elementary were named champions at a reading contest last week. Staged at Kwantlen University in Langley, the Reading Link Grand Challenge saw the Cosmic Readers — Abbie Henderson-Tanguay, Brenna Lee, Rebecca Saunders, Jacinta Chong, Trystan Makalchuk, Callum Borden and Erik Collins — best nine other teams for the chance to get to the global-level stage in Seattle, which was to be held yesterday (Thursday). In order to qualify, Grade 4 and 5 students in Metro Vancouver had to read six books and answer questions about the characters, plots and settings. This year, 362 teams from 86 elementary schools — including School District 43 — took part in the first level of competition.

Five Tri-City students are shortlisted to become Coquitlam Centre's official teen blogger. The finalists picked are: Kiana Lisa Benoit, 14, Ecole des Pionniers; Brynn Bishop, 13, Moody middle; Amy Bunnage, 17, Dr. Charles Best secondary; Amanda Poh, 17, Riverside secondary; and Katrina Robinson, 15, Heritage Wood secondary. The winner, who will be chosen according to the number of "Likes" on the mall's Facebook page, will be announced May 9 following a series of weekly blog posts that start this week.

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