Athlete turned education goals around
Fredericton, Oromocto area students lauded for their efforts to improve scholastic achievement
Lots of smiles, pats on the back, and a few happy tears thrown in for good measure as 25 young men and women were congratulated on their hard work and success in turning around their lives.
The 22nd annual Turnaround Achievement Awards were handed out Wednesday evening at the Crowne Plaza Fredericton - Lord Beaverbrook Hotel.
The main purpose of the Turnaround Achievement Awards Program is to reward middle and high school students in the Fredericton and Oromocto area of the Anglophone West School District for turning their lives around. The recognition reflects marked improvement in behaviour, attitude, and academics. The students being recognized have overcome serious educational and personal problems and have changed their futures by changing their attitudes.
Lyeu Titarenko, a Grade 12 student at Leo Hayes High School, admits if he hadn’t changed his ways he wouldn’t be getting ready to graduate and head off to university in the fall. Originally from Ukraine, Titarenko and his family came to Canada when he was in grade four. He spoke no English or French, only Russian and Ukrainian. He was enrolled in French school but it didn’t take too long to pick up the language. A gifted athlete, Titarenko transferred to Leo Hayes High School for grade nine, that meant learning a fourth language – English. That’s when he admits he lost interest in schoolwork. Titarenko said part of his attitude change was he realized he needed to do better in order to get good grades to go to university. Titarenko is planning to attend St. Francis Xavier University this fall and has earned the football scholarship he hoped for.
He said another big reason why he was able to turn things around was the help he received from Debra Caterini, an educational support – resource teacher at Leo Hayes. “She gave me more help than anyone else ever gave me at school before. When I was having a hard time she helped me and is a big part of my success. She reached out to me, and if she hadn’t it would be a different story. I probably wouldn’t be here right now at this awards ceremony.”
Titarenko received a $1,000 scholarship from Kingswood and he was also awarded an additional scholarship of $500 from Canadian Tire.
Thanks to various community sponsors, graduating students had a shot at scholarships valued from $500 to $5000.
Caterini said she is very proud of Titarenko and the positive changes he’s made. Caterini said when Titarenko registered on her radar he wasn’t attending classes and had fallen off the rails. “After transferring to an English school from a French school nobody really knew what to do with him, his problems seemed to be a combination of stuff. He was so disengaged. He’s had an assessment and there were a few issues, but he’s overcome many obstacles.”
Caterini said to see the progress he’s made in turning himself around is awesome. Caterini feels Titarenko deserves his Turnaround Achievement Award 100-percent. “He overcame a lot of obstacles to get to where he is and he’s got a long road ahead of him, but with his superior athletic ability and supports in place to assist him academically, Lyeu has a very bright future ahead of him.”
Two teachers who have played a significant role in the lives of students were recognized as well with a Kingswood Turnaround Achievement Teacher of the Year Award. David Northrup is a resource teacher at Chipman Forest Avenue School, and Bryan Facey is the Subject Co-ordinator, Technology and Skilled Trades K-12 with the Anglophone West School District.
Here is the list of the student Turnaround Achievement Awards winners:
Ramses Smith, Grade 12, McAdam High School
Jackson Wilson, Grade 8, George Street Middle School
Britteny McCoy-Munn, Grade 12, Fredericton High School
Anthony Christie, Grade 12, Fredericton High School Chantel Nicholas, Grade 12, Fredericton High School
Zachary Lepage, Grade 8, Keswick Valley Memorial School
Lyeu Titarenko, Grade 12, Leo Hayes High School Tristan McLaughlin, Grade 12, Leo Hayes High School
Brody Davidson, Grade 8, Bliss Carman Middle School
Geraldine Fitzgerald, Grade 12, The Enterprise Centre (LHHS)
Holly Pond, Grade 12, The Enterprise Centre (OHS) Jennifer Thomson, Grade 8, Gagetown School
Chad Allain, Grade 8, Nashwaaksis Middle School Sabrina Bates, Grade 12, Minto Memorial High School
Sassy Loughery, Grade 12, Chipman Forest Avenue School
Daniel Sacobie, Grade 8, Ridgeview Middle School Seamus Hearn, Grade 8, Harold Peterson Middle School
Skyler Munn, Grade 12, Central New Brunswick Academy
Cole Hatty, Grade 8, Devon Middle School
Myriam Grant, Grae 12, Oromocto High School
Isaac Mahoney, Grade 12, Oromocto High School Holly Cater, Grade 12, Oromocto High School
Aden Dobranski, Grade 8, Keswick Ridge School Connor Koch, Grade 8, Stanley Middle School
Phillip Deogratsias, Grade 12, The Enterprise School
Middle and high school students in the Fredericton and Oromocto area of the Anglophone West School District attended the Turnaround Achievement Awards Wednesday. From left, are Debra Caterini, an educational support-resource teacher at Leo Hayes High School, and Lyeu Titarenko, a Grade 12 student honoured at the event.
PHOTO & ARTICLE: KELLY CORMIER, THE DAILY GLEANER