The second class of Lang Scholars received their honorary ties on Upper Canada College’s Prize Day on Oct. 9, and those seven young men and last year’s returning scholars will have several responsibilities through next spring to go along with them.
The Lang Scholar Program was launched last year to recognize top student-athletes with great leadership potential, and to help them fulfill it through access to unique enrichment opportunities — complete with leadership training conferences, guest speakers, activities and more. Lang Scholars are also expected to contribute to College life through mentoring of younger students and additional community service.
The 2014-15 Lang Scholars are:
Those seven join the seven 2013-14 Lang Scholars who are still at the College and didn’t graduate in May: Philippe Archambault ’15; Matthew Baker ’16; Mattia Colangelo ’16; Louis Christophe Hebert ’15; Clayton Jeffrey ’16; Jeffrey Misner ’15; and Akeil Zarudny ’15.
The Lang Scholars had an orientation dinner at Grant House (the residence of principal Jim Power and his family) on Oct. 28 with select faculty and staff members, including vice-principal of enrolment management David McBride, who has taken over as program coordinator from Upper School athletic director Brent MacKay. The dinner acted as a good introduction to what’s in store for the boys and what’s expected of them.
Lang Scholars in Grades 11 and 12 will have lunch with Toronto-based Old Boy mentors on Nov. 26, as the mentorship component of the program will be beefed up this year.
The boys will have dinner with program namesake and benefactor Stu Lang ’70 in late January, where he’ll impart on them what made him a successful and respected athlete, businessman, volunteer, coach and philanthropist who moved from winning five Grey Cups as a receiver with the Edmonton Eskimos to heading CCL Industries, a world leader in label solutions for global consumer brands.
Another Old Boy with a pigskin pedigree, Canadian Football League commissioner Mark Cohon ’85, will conduct a “lunch and learn” session on character and leadership with the Lang Scholars on Feb. 17.
UCC stewards and prefects will join Lang Scholars at the third annual UCC Youth Leadership and Character Forum hosted by global consulting firm McKinsey & Company in April. Participants will take part in a daylong, executive-calibre retreat to help develop character strength and moral courage.
Another mentorship lunch and a second “lunch and learn” session will be scheduled in the spring.
Graduating Lang Scholars, and members of the 2013-14 inaugural group who are in Toronto, will be invited along with their families to have dinner with Jim Power and his wife Mary on May 24, the night before they receive their honorary Lang Scholar rings at the College’s annual graduation ceremony.