Saskatchewan High School Student Achievement
Kamsack Times — February 12, 2009 — page 10
Koozma's note: It is always a pleasure to read about the achievements of young and old. In February, Kamsack Times carried a wonderful story about Sarah Thiesson, granddaughter of Doukhobor Mary Negraiff of Kamsack, Saskatchewan. Sarah's academic, cultural and sports achievements are outstanding. The story and photo follows below.
'The granddaughter of a Kamsack resident was honoured at the University of Saskatchewan's College of Engineering 50th Annual Awards Ceremony on January 28.
'Sarah Thiesson, daughter of Judy (nee Negraiff) and Michael Thiesson of Clavet, and granddaughter of Mary Negraiff of Kamsack, was presented with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan prize for the student with the highest Grad 12 average in the subjects required for entrance to the college. Thiesson had an average of 100 per cent in seven subjects on her Grade 12 transcript. She was also awarded the university's prestigious Chancellor's Entrance Award, which was donated by the Kamsack area Chernoff family. The award recognises her high school in Clavet, including leadership, athletics, academics, oratory and general proficiency.
'Thiesson spent last summer working at the Synchrotron in Saskatoon, which was an experience that included a week at Stanford University in San Francisco, Calif., to work on a project there. She will be returning to the Synchrotron again this summer, while she continues to practice with the Huskies Women's Basketball team, hoping to gain a roster spot (she red-shirted with the team this year).
'Her father taught at the Kamsack Collegiate Institute in 1981-82.
'At the Clavet Composite School awards ceremony in September, which was attended by her grandmother, Thiesson received the Grade 12 general proficiency award; the Gold Medal Excellence Award, and the Grade 12 Citizenship Award.
'It was announced that the Grade 8 Student Leadership Award, which was named the Sarah Thiessen Leadership Award, is to be presented annually, and she received the Prairie Spirit School Division General Proficiency Award.
'With regard to academics, Thiesson received High Honour Roll Subject Awards, which were presented to the top students in the subjects in his or her class for English A30, English B30, French 30, Career Work Experience 30 (Synchrotron), Canadian Studies 30, Physics 30 and Chemistry 30. She received the Ivor Triscuk Math Award, which is presented to the student with the top mathematics average over grades 11 and 12 combined; the Moe Hryciw Science Award, which is presented to the student with the top average in the six senior sciences; a Cargill scholarship; the Saskatchewan Governor General's Academic Award; the University of Saskatchewan Greystone Scholarship, and the University of Saskatchewan Chancellor's Award.
'In recognition of her achievements in athletics, Thiesson received the awards for being the most valuable player (MVP) in provincial competition in cross-country; MVP in volleyball as a provincial competitor on the fourth-placed team; MVP in basketball as a provincial competitor on the second-placed team; MVP for badminton; MVP for track and field, being a third-place provincial competitor, and she was named the school's female athlete of the year.'
Photo: Grandmother Mary Negraiff (left) hugs Sarah Thiesson.