Western News – Math whiz teen enters Western with $80K Schulich Leaders award

Incoming scholar Andréa Jackson’s penchant for problem-resolving includes a pastime that may possibly make most of us toss up our arms in irritation.

In Quality 6, Jackson began tinkering with Rubik’s cubes: the primary 3×3 sort at initial, and then more and more much more difficult types. She solved the 7×7 cube – that is, twisting and turning just about every side’s 49 tiles until eventually the faces of all 6 cube sides had a single color – in a day of receiving it.

“I like the algorithms that go together with fixing them. The more substantial cubes just take a tiny little bit for a longer period but when you resolve them, it is so gratifying. That is also why I fell in adore with arithmetic. It’s a quite rational, move-by-phase progression,” said Jackson, who is from Orillia and is one of 6 new Schulich Leaders at Western, and amongst just 100 throughout Canada this calendar year.  “That’s why I fell in really like with mathematics. It’s a pretty sensible, step-by-action progression.”

Andréa Jackson, Schulich scholar

The prestigious award that celebrates some of Canada’s major accomplishing teenagers come with $100,000 scholarships for pupils in engineering and $80,000 for learners in science, technological innovation or math. (A full checklist of Schulich students attending Western this September is underneath.)

For Jackson, “math is just everywhere you go. I appreciate the different apps of it.”

As a former competitive hockey goalie, and now as goalie coach, making the appropriate help you save selection is all about the angles: mathematics.

Educating archery at a summer time camp in which she labored this summer time: mathematics. Getting on the building crew to establish a film set at the camp: more math.

Jackson’s achievements also involve taking part in a six-week Inspiring Ladies Expedition for teens who have demonstrated exemplary management, athletic potential and academic ambition and getting the youngest receiver of the 2019 Beaverbrook Vimy Prize, which led her and 14 other global learners to Belgium and France to study Canada’s job in the two World Wars.

Jackson is psyched to study at Western, exactly where her sister graduated with a master’s diploma and where she designed various visits as a high-schooler. “I liked the campus and almost everything about Western.”

‘Best and brightest’

This is the 10th anniversary of the nationwide Schulich Leaders software, which awards scholarships yearly to 100 outstanding students about to research science, technology, engineering or math at a person of 20 husband or wife universities in Canada.

This calendar year, significant faculty administrators nominated 1,400 outstanding college students with exemplary educational, volunteer, neighborhood and athletic documents.

They signify “the greatest and brightest Canada has to provide and will make fantastic contributions to culture, each on a countrywide and global scale,” system founder and philanthropist Seymour Schulich mentioned.

“With their university costs protected, they can target their time on their scientific studies, investigation projects, extracurriculars, and entrepreneurial ventures. They are the up coming era of entrepreneurial-minded, technological know-how innovators,” Schulich mentioned.

Western’s Schulich Leaders cohort this yr:

Christian Goff of Mississauga, Ont., for software engineering:

Christian Gough, Schulich Scholar

Christian Gough, Schulich scholar

The graduate of King’s Christian Collegiate was on the RowOntario crew that competed alongside Olympic athletes. Goff received six provincial and two intercontinental golds, and was named a NextGen Hub athlete below RowOntario’s Quest for Gold Plan.

His higher college average for math and science classes topped 98 for each cent and he recently accomplished the Royal Conservatory of Songs Grade 8 piano useful exam with honours.

He would like to lead a business enterprise that will use artificial intelligence and machine studying to assistance developing nations changeover into superior technology.

Aimee Petrea Chiripuci of Bolton, Ont., for science:

Amiee Petrea Chiripuci_Schulich Scholar

Amiee Petrea Chiripuci, Schulich scholar

A graduate of Father Bressani Catholic Higher Faculty, Chiripuci was awarded most beneficial player on her school’s wrestling workforce.

She has established educational excellence by finishing each calendar year with honours and an typical of additional than 90 for every cent, all while getting a quantity of innovative placement programs.

Chiripuci has completed Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 8-amount piano and theory classes and has excelled in visible arts.

She strategies to immerse herself in science, arithmetic and stats in advance of moving into a vocation in arithmetic.

Shaelagh Stephan of Martensville, Sask, for engineering:

Shaelagh Stephan_Schulich Scholar

Shaelagh Stephan, Schulich scholar

An avid environmentalist who made the decision in Quality 6 she preferred to be an engineer, Stephan has invested hundreds of “spare” hrs repairing up an Audi A4 rescued from a salvage whole lot. The passion of building the beater car or truck roadworthy was just an additional challenge as she also joined every single school-based activity she could, like the soccer, basketball, monitor and flag soccer groups, as properly as an outdoor journey club and a volunteer group to help the local community. She also learned German so that she could take part in a pupil-exchange method.

She won a bronze medal at the Canada-Large Science Truthful for her undertaking on producing biodegradable bioplastics from plant waste by working with microbes indigenous to Saskatchewan. She says engineering is a purely natural match for creating impressive approaches to increase the life of men and women and the ecosystem.

Stephan has determined to defer attending Western until 2022.

Mandric Sittaro of London, Ont., for science:

Mandric Sittaro_ Schulich Scholar

Mandric Sittaro, Schulich scholar

Sittaro attended A.B. Lucas School and, in the course of the earlier four yrs, has participated in quite a few clubs, started two firms, taken care of superior tutorial accomplishment and held a part-time occupation.

Looking at a need for fiscal literacy, he established his very own small business identified as Sittaro Monetary, exactly where he helped teenagers learn the added benefits of individual finance. He also co-started a enterprise with an application to train mental well being tactics to young ones. Sittaro has obtained many DECA provincial awards for emerging leaders and entrepreneurs. DECA, which stands for Distributive Schooling Golf equipment of The united states, is an global organization that supports and prepares potential enterprise leaders and business people.

He intends to launch his personal monetary assistance organization and create a system to aid youth business people uncover money.

Daniel Weppler of Harriston, Ont., for engineering:

Daniel Weppler_Schulich Scholar

Daniel Wepple, Schulich scholar

A graduate of Norwell District Secondary School, Weppler gained the Lord Strathcona Medal of Excellence, the greatest that can be accorded a Royal Canadian Air Cadet.

He had a co-op placement at a regional producing and millwright business the place he obtained precious skills and insights that, along with correcting tractors at his father’s farm equipment company, helped sort a foundation for a occupation in engineering.

Weppler additional designed leadership competencies via his participation in his school’s Group Environmental Management System.

He hopes to produce a business in electric motive electric power and transportation for the industrial and agricultural industry.


Collage of six Schulich Leaders, 2021

Western’s Schulich Leaders 2021. Major, from center: Christian Gough, Andréa Jackson Bottom, from left: Aimee Petrea Chiripuci, Shaelagh Stephan, Mandric Sittaro, Daniel Weppler