Upper Canada College’s Prize Day honoured top students for their academic achievements in Grades 8 through 11 in the last school year at an Oct. 10 ceremony in Laidlaw Hall.
Principal Jim Power first talked about the need to dig deep inside yourself to achieve success and referred to UCC’s Palmam qui meruit ferat (let he who merited the palm bear it) motto, saying that all of the prize recipients were deserving for the efforts they expended in and out of the classroom.
Head steward Andrew Callaghan introduced the ceremony’s guest speaker, Dr. Aristotle Voineskos ’96, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto, and the Koerner New Scientist and head of the Kimel Family Imaging-Genetics Laboratory at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He also runs his own clinical practice and has won several national and international awards for his research accomplishment.
Voineskos, a Prize Day recipient during his UCC days, extolled the virtues of hard work while reflecting on his time at the College and speaking about the importance of role models and mentors. He also told the boys about brain development from adolescence to early adulthood and, since he was speaking on World Mental Health Day and works at CAMH, he stressed the importance of mental health.
“There is no health without mental health,” Voineskos said.
Voineskos received a warm round of applause after his address, and the wind ensemble followed with a performance of “Variations on a Korean Folksong” that drew a similar response.
It was then time for the presentations. In addition to the annual distribution of academic prizes, this ceremony also recognized the nine inaugural recipients of the Lang Scholarship, which recognizes extraordinary leadership potential in students.
Here are some photos from Prize Day: