2019-20 Leadership Award Recipients
Liam Harper-McCabe
Maple House

Liam Harper-McCabe has a passion for making a difference and takes every opportunity he can to volunteer, whether it is through helping out within the community, or taking on a leadership role in his co-curricular activities, athletics, or academics. 

Growing up at HSC, Liam was taught at a young age the importance of giving back, and in Grade 5 his interest in volunteering was sparked when he discovered the Junior Duke of Edinburgh Award, which led him to helping out at a local school’s garden. He then became involved with Hamilton Victory Gardens, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing fresh produce to local food banks. He has also given his time to a number of campus events, having volunteered at events such as HSC’s Open Houses and Grandparents Day.

In addition to helping out within the HSC and Hamilton communities, Liam’s dedication to furthering his education both inside the class and out was recognized when he was named the recipient of the Robin Polson Celebration of Life Award. This award honours a Grade 5 student who puts exceptional energy and effort into their academic and co-curricular life at the College. In Grade 6 he became a sports representative for his house, and in Grades 6 and 7 he helped welcome new students as one of HSC’s student ambassadors. During his Grade 8 year, Liam was once again involved as a Maple House Captain.

Between his classes and being such an active volunteer, Liam has still found a way to pursue his arts and athletics passions. From choir and band to soccer, basketball, rugby and track and field, Liam has found a way to follow his passions, while encouraging his peers, winning leadership awards in his musical and athletic endeavours.

“I recognize how important it is to work hard and be a role model in everything you do. I try to put my best effort forward and put others before myself.”
Elise Sawyer
Earn House

Enthusiastic about athletics, this M.V.P has been a leader on a number of sports team since joining the HSC community. Elise has not only been a member of the soccer, track and field, and volleyball teams, but she was the winner of the Morgan Mile and House Cross Country three times. 

As participant at the CAIS U15 National Soccer Tournament, and a qualifier for the Ontario Summer Games for track and field, Elise is no stranger to teamwork and leadership. In fact, after her debut at the Ontario Summer Games, she was selected as the athlete of the week by Athletics Ontario, and later as the Athlete of the Year.

In addition to her athletic pursuits, Elise achieved honour roll status throughout her time in the Middle School, received an academic award in Grade 7, and was recently accepted into enriched math and French classes. She has also been actively involved in volunteering at U10 soccer and track and field practices, has been a team captain, and is a sports representative. She is an HSC Executive Ambassador and communicates with other ambassadors, assists with campus events, welcomes new students to HSC and works to encourage and motivate her peers.

“I truly love helping people and being a leader. Every chance I get to help someone, I will always try to do so. With all my leadership opportunities, one thing I have learned is that to be successful doesn’t mean to be victorious. It means to be able to motivate and encourage someone to be their best self and to try their absolute hardest.”

2018-19 Leadership Award Recipients
Peyton Bear
Earn House

Peyton Bear has loved learning since she was a young girl. Whether it is in an academic environment, or learning the skills taught through athletics or community involvement, her learning is continuous.

Always striving to better herself, Peyton joined HSC in Grade 7 after seeing the opportunities that her brother was exposed to that her previous school wasn’t providing her with. Upon her arrival, Peyton made a point of joining as many groups and clubs as possible so that she could take advantage of the full HSC experience. Her continued involvement helped her feel as though she was part of a big family, and helped her to feel at home at her new school.  As part of this involvement, she joined the Community Committee, volunteered as a Montessori and Junior School Mentor, and became a reading buddy at Adelaide Hoodless School. 

While passionate about academics and school involvement, Peyton has a love for sports that began when she was young. She started playing Rep hockey when she was seven years old and enjoyed being part of a team that offered her the ability to learn many life lessons such as hard work, effort, enthusiasium, and teamwork. Upon attending HSC Peyton joined the Senior Girls Hockey team (as their youngest skater) and then added the U14 Basketball, Girls Soccer, and Flag Rugby teams to her list of activities. She proved that hard work pays off as she was named as the most improved player for both basketball and soccer.

Outside of academics, clubs, and athletics Peyton has become more involved within the HSC community by helping out in the Junior and Montessori Schools. She is also a member of the World Issues Committee, the Math Olympiads, Concert Band, is in the Writer’s in Residence program and is a House Captain. 

“Being a House Captain has been an amazing leadership experience so far. I love that I can have an impact on the younger girls in my house and be a positive influence for them,” she says. 

Nicky Grigg
Pine House
Nicky Grigg walked through the doors to HSC in Grade 7 and upon his arrival he quickly became involved in the HSC community through volunteering and co-curricular opportunities. 

Academics were one of Nicky’s strengths even prior to attending HSC. While attending schools in Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore, Nicky excelled academically, completing standardized testing and achieving results in the 91stpercentile in language, 94thin reading, and 99thin math. Those skills have been finessed throughout his HSC education and in Grade 7 he achieved honour status, and in Grade 8 he was part of HSC’s Grade 8 Math Enrichment program.  

With his strong desire to learn more about the world we live in, Nicky was chosen to go to rural Indonesia to help teach English, an experience that allowed him to be of service. 

“Having grown up in second and third world countries, I know the importance of giving back to society. We had a rather conventional approach to our teaching, but what I found particularly interesting was our ability to bridge the cultural and language differences through soccer.”

Continually striving to make a difference, he also participated in a 28 kilometre walk to raise money for women in Africa, and was selected to attend We Day with HSC. 

In addition to volunteering and striving for academic excellence, Nicky keeps busy by participating in a variety of after school activities. He began playing soccer and made the U13 and U14 soccer teams at HSC, receiving the most improved player award during his time with the U13 team. Always looking for something new to learn, he has also participated in ultimate Frisbee, Robotics, stage crew, the digital media club, as well as a coding club and a drama club.

“I am a sponge, soaking up information and experiences, and I aspire to find a relationship between some of my diverse interests and blend the skills.”

2017-18 Leadership Award Recipients
Kaitlyn Treleaven

Kaitlyn joined HSC in Grade 6 and quickly took advantage of the opportunities HSC had to offer. She was provided with early leadership positions which she eagerly embraced. Throughout her time in Middle School she performed well academically and was honoured to receive the Nina Devillers Award for all around achievement in Grade 6. She also won the highest General Proficiency Award in both Grades 7 and 8.

Kaitlyn is passionate about sports and is drawn to team based activities. She has been a member of the soccer, volleyball, flag- rugby, track and field and cross country teams. In Grade 8, she was an Yre House Captain and enjoyed making connections with the younger students and faculty. She participated in house games and volunteered at College-wide events.

 Outside of school, she plays rep soccer, participates in adventure running and enjoys spending time with her family. She works hard to balance her time between these commitments. Currently in the Senior School, Kaitlyn has joined the cross country and CAIS soccer teams. She has applied to be an ambassador, takes enriched courses, is excited to be taking part in exchange to France and looks forward to getting involved with many other College events and opportunities.

“I am not only grateful for this recognition, but for the teachers, coaches, faculty and alumni who made it possible for me to be here. These people devote their time and effort with the intention to help us learn and succeed. They care about each of us and are passionate about what they do. I am proud to be a student at HSC and hope to continue to share this enthusiasm with others.”
Myles McArthur

Throughout his time in both the Junior and Middle Schools at HSC, Myles has excelled academically, proved himself as an accomplished athlete and musician and held many leadership roles. In Middle School, he captained the rugby, soccer and basketball teams to several consecutive CISSA Championships culminating with the U13 CAIS National Soccer and Basketball Championships. As House Captain, he led Pine House to win the coveted Gibson Shield. Throughout his Middle School years, he won many academic, music and athletic leadership awards including the Lucas Junior Sports Award in Grades 7 and 8.

Myles has maintained a high academic standing and is proud to represent HSC in math competitions such as the Math Olympics. As an HSC Ambassador, he enjoys the opportunity to promote HSC within the community. Also, he has been an active participant of the Middle School concert and jazz bands and enjoys playing the saxophone and piano. Outside of school, Myles is busy playing competitive soccer and provincial basketball.

More recently, in the Senior School, Myles continues to develop his leadership skills as a member of the CISSA U16 soccer team and the Senior Jazz Band. “HSC has provided me many amazing experiences. In Senior School I look forward to exploring new opportunities that permit me to grow as a leader and to give back to the HSC community.”

Located in Hamilton, ON, Hillfield Strathallan College is a Canadian independent, co-educational day school.
The academic program runs from Montessori Toddler and Pre-K to Grade 12.

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