Just as the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship recognizes extraordinary leadership potential, so too does the Lang Scholar Program at Upper Canada College. It’s the College’s way of recognizing Stu Lang ’70 and his $11-million donation — a leadership gift to the $100-million Think Ahead campaign.
Each year up to 15 scholars — soon to be tomorrow’s change-makers — participate in the program. Although there’s no financial award, Lang Scholars receive access to unique enrichment opportunities, complete with leadership training conferences, guest speakers, activities and more. In turn, they’re expected to contribute to College life through mentorship of younger athletes and additional community service.
Here are the Lang Scholars for the 2016-2017 school year:
PJ was Athlete of the Year in Year 1 and the recipient of the Theatre Arts Prize in Year 2. Currently, he plays on the senior varsity hockey and soccer teams, and he also plays badminton. His club memberships include the UN trial club, and the entrepreneur and key clubs. PJ volunteers with Horizons. Outside of UCC, PJ was a 2015 champion on the GTHL Bantam AAA hockey team, ranked number-one in North America. He belonged to the Toronto Marlboros Hockey Club and currently plays with the Power FC Academy Soccer Club. PJ has mastered level 4 in camping, canoeing and outdoor survival skills with the Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association.
Henry is on the varsity cross country and track teams. He plays in the intermediate and senior jazz bands. His club memberships at UCC include model UN, climate action, debating, and College Film. Outside of the school, he’s a member of the North Toronto Select Hockey Program and the University of Toronto Track Club. Last summer, Henry went to India as a ME to WE volunteer.
Brennan is a recipient of the Class of ’57 Trophy, which recognizes the best all-round Y2 student in both academics and athletics. He plays on the varsity baseball team and co-captains the junior varsity football team. He’s a member of the investment and entrepreneurship clubs, and his favourite subjects are math and physics. Brennan also volunteers with Horizons. Outside of the College, he plays for the Toronto Mets 16U Baseball Club and has been a member of the Willowdale Blackhawks “A” hockey team for the past six years.
Elliott is captain of the varsity volleyball team, and he plays hockey and rugby. In his Foundation Year, he was awarded Most Improved Player for volleyball, Best Defenceman for hockey and Athlete of the Year. He was also the FY class rep for Wedd’s House. Elliott is a member of the neuroscience club, and he volunteers with Horizons’ learn-to-skate and math tutoring programs. As a boarding ambassador and a member of the boarding student leadership committee, Elliott provides tips to fellow students on topics like homesickness and stress.
Chris is a key member of the varsity rowing team and was junior varsity Rower of the Year in 2016. His junior varsity rowing team won a gold medal in the coxed four at Canadian Nationals. In 2015, he was captain of the junior varsity football team. Chris is a member of the entrepreneurial club and put learning into action with his summer business, Windwood. Chris also belongs to the College Film club, was a recipient of the Lillian Kay Memorial Prize in art, and played the saxophone in the intermediate jazz band. He volunteers with Horizons and the CNIB camp. Chris has achieved the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award and is working towards his Silver.
Keenan is a boarding ambassador and Wedd’s prefect whose favourite subjects are economics and European history. He’s a member of the varsity hockey and tennis teams, he co-heads the improv club, and he’s a member of the meditation club. Last year he won the Most Improved Award for tennis and placed third in singles at OFSAA. Keenan also won the Academic Award for varsity hockey, and the IB1 European History Prize. His volunteer work includes Horizons and helping with a youth hockey team. Keenan is interested in pursuing investment management, and he’s currently working towards a Chartered Investment Manager designation.
Sevion is head steward and co-captain of the varsity football team. Recently, Sevion was ranked the 75th best Canadian football prospect for 2017 graduates by Canada Football Chat. Sevion also participates in UCC’s drama program, and he assists younger students on proper weight-lifting technique as a SAS trainer. His club participation includes founding and co-heading the mock trial club, co-heading the black history club, and the model UN and mental health clubs. Sevion writes a weekly column for The Blue and White. As a volunteer, he participates in Horizons, the student ambassador program and the community service council. Sevion is an advocate for mental health awareness.
Hannibal is a Scadding’s prefect and varsity football co-captain. He plays varsity rugby, is a Year 1 football coach, and assists younger students as a SAS trainer. Hannibal is the editor-in-chief of The Blue and White and he also contributes to Quiddity. Hannibal’s favourite subject is literature.
Trevor is a Howard’s prefect, Blue Army general and co-captain of the varsity football team. He also plays varsity rugby and is a student ambassador. Outside of the College, Trevor is a member of the Southern Ontario Ski Team. With his family, he volunteers with the Heart to Hand food delivery program. Trevor’s favourite subjects are economics and sport science, and he’s interested in pursuing business or law.
Pearce is head of Orr’s this year and co-captain of the varsity football team. He also plays varsity rugby and is head of the Rugby 7s Club. Pearce won athlete of the year in Foundation Year. He’s a coach for the Year 1 football team, and outside of UCC, he coaches at the Craigleith Ski Club. Pearce volunteers with Horizons, and his favourite subjects are physics and economics.
Darwin is treasurer of the board of stewards. His favourite subjects are chemistry and biology, and he’s the co-head of both the neuroscience and mental health clubs. Darwin is assistant captain on the varsity soccer and track and field teams. In 2015, he won five medals — three gold, one silver and one bronze — at the CISAA track finals. He was awarded Senior Athlete of the Year in 2016. He’s part of the community service council, the Horizons program, and he volunteers once a week at Toronto East General Hospital. Darwin is a member of the chess club and was the bronze medal winner at the Toronto Secondary School Team Chess Championships.
Kal is a Seaton’s House prefect, captain of the varsity soccer team, and co-captain of varsity track. He’s also a U21 Ontario Soccer League player. As the senior jazz band principal musician, he plays saxophone and piano and is an alumnus of the Jazz FM 91.1 Youth Big Band. Kal co-heads the neuroscience society, black history club and peer tutoring program. He volunteers as a school ambassador and with Horizons. In addition, he founded an Alzheimer’s and Dementia support program. Kal’s distinctions include Athlete of the Year, the R.W. Finlayson Prize in music, varsity soccer MVP and Golden Boot awards, the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, and the Lorne McKenzie Award.
Malcolm plays on the varsity lacrosse team and is an oboist with the wind ensemble. His varsity squash team won the CISAA championships in both 2015 and 2016. Malcolm is also head of the debating club, and with his partner was the provincial 2016 champion. Malcolm contributes to The Blue and White and volunteers with Horizons. His favourite subjects are math and philosophy.
Robert is academic steward and co-captain of the varsity rowing team. In 2015, he won first place at both the Canadian and Ontario Indoor Rowing Championships. His favourite subjects are English literature and chemistry. Robert plays guitar with the senior jazz band and is news section editor of Convergence. He volunteers with Horizons, and achieved the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award in 2016.