Mt. Sentinel Grad Awarded Beedie Luminaries Scholarship

A scholarship honouring grit and resilience

Freya Emery never imagined her last year of high school would be interrupted by a pandemic. Alongside so many graduating students this year, out of necessity, her grade twelve year will be remembered for all its quirks and virtual-ness. And yet despite the strangeness of these last few months, Freya is not about to let a pandemic get in the way of her future.

Freya is the recipient of a 2020 Beedie Luminaries Scholarship, a program “aimed at giving promising BC students the opportunity to advance their education, achieve their dreams and inspire others.” The $40K scholarship is open to students planning to pursue undergraduate degrees or diploma studies at any public university, college or trade school in BC, however eligibility is reserved for “Students who are resilient, have grit and are ready to make a positive change in their lives.”

“I am grateful to my teacher Danny Leeming and counsellor Mark Bonikowsky for encouraging me to apply for this scholarship,” said Freya, “They assured me I was the perfect candidate, and they were right!”

As a member of Mt. Sentinel’s Academy PM program for the last three years, Freya’s dream is to continue her education in design and visual communications and has been accepted into the ‘IDEA School of Design’ at Capilano University.

Freya’s passion for digital media, graphic design and photography makes her a suitable candidate for this competitive creative program in visual design. “Freya has worked tirelessly to capitalize on opportunities provided her and created some of her own, from publishing her own book to contributing to a grad mural in these final days of her grade 12 year,” shared Mt. Sentinel Principal Glen Campbell.

An avid volunteer, both at school and in the wider community, Freya has taken many leadership roles on while supporting her peers through her positive attitude, leading by example, and maintaining a great sense of humour along the way. “Freya was always the first student to volunteer for the next task at hand, she will be truly missed!” expressed Campbell.

With most post-secondary schools moving to on-line learning for Fall 2020, Freya will begin her studies on the virtual CapU campus in September, and won’t be moving out of the valley just yet.

Along with the scholarship money, Beedie Luminaries are provided access to mentors, paid summer internship opportunities, Stay on Track student support and access to the Beedie Luminaries online community.


For more information:

Glen Campbell, Principal – Mt. Sentinel Secondary

About The Board of Education of School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake):

The Board of Education of School District No. 8 provides educational services to numerous diverse communities in the East & West Kootenays, including Crawford Bay, Creston, Kaslo, Meadow Creek, Nelson, Salmo, Slocan, South Slocan, Winlaw, Wynndel and Yahk. Its dedicated team focuses on providing the best possible educational opportunities for over 5,400 students and their families. Its mission is to focus on excellence for all learners in a nurturing environment.