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(Updated 10:30 a.m., March 2)
East end students among Global Community Alliance award recipients

By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star

Fellow Sir Wilfrid Laurier students Emmanuel Laryea (right) and Memory Chola show off the plaques they received at the Global Community Alliance Gala. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The Global Community Alliance held its annual Black History Month gala on Saturday, during which a number of east end students were honoured for their accomplishments both inside the classroom and out.

Among the recipients were Emmanuel Laryea and Memory Chola, both students at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School on Tenth Line Road.

Laryea was chosen for accomplishments both academically and athletically. The Grade 12 student is an accomplished soccer player with the Cumberland Cobras Academy, as well as an accomplished student at Sir Wil where he has maintained an 90-plus average. In Grade 11, he received the top mark in both biology and physics.

In his spare time Laryea can be found working at the Portobello Seniors Residence, or volunteering his time as an assistant soccer coach.

As for the future, Laryea has received an offer to study biopharmaceutical sciences at the University of Ottawa, along with overtures from the University of Waterloo to study life sciences and kinesiology. For now he is keeping his options open.

Memory Chola received his award for helping new students get acclimatized to their surroundings and day-to-day life at Sir Wil as a peer helper and leadership student. He is also a member of several clubs including the Board Game Club and the Dance Club, and he plays clarinet and saxophone in the school band.

St. Matthew High School student Abdul-Karim Ismail, better known as A.K. Ismail, received his award for his prowess both on the football field and in the classroom.

After missing most of last year with a broken leg, Ismail came back to help lead the St. Matt Tigers to their second straight city championship and a return trip to the OFSAA Metro Bowl.

He helped coach the girls flag football team last spring and he was the Master of Ceremonies for St. Matt’s version of the Oscars. He has helped raise funds for various charities, most notably the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, all the while maintaining his position on the school Honour Roll.

A-K has already committed to play football at the University of Guelph next year while he pursues his classroom studies.

St. Peter High School student Samuel Henriques was also recognized for his ability to balance his academics with sports, and volunteering.

Besides playing competitive soccer, Henriques also plays the piano as well as the alto and soprano saxophone with the St. Peter Jazz Band. This year, he has also split his time as one of two student trustees on the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.

Other east end recipients included Lyndon’s Barber Shop owner Lingdonne Brutus, and Gifty’s Fashion Design owner Gifty Abiad.

Brutus first opened his traditional barbershop at 2395 St. Joseph Blvd. more than 12 years ago. Since then he has mentored dozens of young students, but his true calling is as a private social worker, taking care of seniors while working on contract for the City of Ottawa.

Gifty Abiad is a successful entrepreneur, designing and creating one-of-a-kind outfits for her many customers out of her shop on St. Joseph Blvd. beside Pantry Plus.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)





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