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Miriam Snow, University of Guelph, ON
Bachelor of Computing, Honours Co-op Software Engineering

"I am currently in my first year enrolled in the Bachelor of Computing, Honours Co-op Major Software Engineering program at the University of Guelph. To me, Acton High School was an amazing place to spend the four most important years of a teen's life. The teachers, staff, and small-town community feel make Acton a wonderful environment to be in, and most importantly, learn in. The teachers take the time to know each student individually, and accommodate for each one’s different learning styles in order to prepare them with the necessary material for post-secondary study. While applying for post-secondary schools the staff at Acton High School were incredibly helpful, giving thorough information and answering any questions that may arise. The extra-curricular activities I participated in throughout my high school career, including SSAT, Me2We, Concert Band, Bearcat Crew, Skills Competition and the Talent Show, were great experiences and opened up many opportunities for me. As students in grade 12, and moving onto to post-secondary, directly into the workforce, continuing at the high school or other, we were all lucky to be a part of the Acton High School Community."

Alfred Piccioni, University of Waterloo, ON
Mathematics & Computer Science

"Acton High provided a comprehensive and detailed secondary education filled with unique experiences. Through small classroom sizes and passionate teachers, Acton High provides an experience tailored to your learning rather than to passing exams. I especially recommend the Drama department, for great experiences in teamwork and comradery,  and the Computer Science education, which is still relevant and useful nearing my third year of university."

Brian Morris, Sheridan College, ON
Systems Analyst Program / Junior Programmer Analyst Co-Op Meridian Credit Union / Freelance Web Developer

"When I reflect upon my journey at Acton District High School, the generous support provided to me is the first thought to come to mind. In class, around the school and during extracurricular activities, every interaction I had with teachers and staff was encouraging entirely throughout each of my four years at Acton High. A large element of the experiences I had during high school came from being a member of the Jazz and Concert Bands. The strongest bonds between my friends and I were created during rehearsals, performances and our remarkable trip to New York City. I participated in 3-on-3 hockey tournaments which highlighted the ability of my high school to organize creative fundraising events that allow every student to come together and participate regardless of their relationship to the sport. The size, diversity, and enthusiasm of Acton District High School cultivate the best values found in its students and prepare them fully for life after high school. For example, Computer Sciences swiftly became my favourite subject as my exceptional teacher inspired me to compete in the Acton High, Halton and Ontario Skills competitions for Web Development. As a Systems Analyst student at Sheridan College, a Junior Programmer Analyst Co-op at Meridian Credit Union and freelance Web Developer, I continue to share my immense appreciation and praise for the guidance and inspiration I received in my Computer Sciences courses and competitions to this day."

Bronte Bean, Web Developer @ 180 Marketing
Graduate of Niagara College , New Media Web Design Program

"Upon graduating from Acton High School in 2014 I set off to Niagara College and enrolled in the New Media Web Design program. My decision to study this subject comes from my learning experiences at Acton High School. After taking a combination of Computer Science, Visual Art and Communications Technology I knew I wanted to pursue a career in Web Design / Development.

Teachers helped me prepare for post secondary school, even going above and beyond to teach me skills that were not even included in the course curriculum. Starting College I felt I was more prepared than most of my classmates and I have Acton High School to thank for that. 

Fast forward to 2016, I am proud to say I have now graduated from Niagara College and am currently working full time in my field as a Web Developer at 180 Marketing in St. Catharines, ON. I have many fond memories of Acton High School and I will always be thankful for the experiences that helped me get to where I am today."

Sydney Hayward, Brock University, ON
Concurrent Education Intermediate / Senior (French & Math)

"As being apart of the Acton High School community for four years, I have had so many positive experiences that have helped shape who I am as a student, and a person. The teachers, staff and students all made my high school experience, the best that it could be. As I participated in Me2We, SSAT, Link Crew, the soccer team and Student Council, I can honestly say these involvements helped me reach out of my comfort zone and build my confidence. When I think back about my time at ADHS, I am grateful I had to chance to be apart of such an amazing and kind school community. Currently, I am pursuing my dream of becoming a high school French and math teacher, at Brock University. It was through my leadership class and volunteering as a math tutor that I decided I wanted to teach math. No matter where I am or what I am doing, I will always remember my time at Acton High School!"

Kaitlyn Andrews, Graduate of University of Texas, ON
Secondary Teacher, OCT - Intermediate / Senior

"After graduation from Acton I attended school in Texas on scholarship. The work and the teachers in the classroom prepared me for university beyond what many other student had coming into their freshman year. I was able to transition easily from high school student to university student seamlessly in my freshman year. Having come from a school where teachers expected you to study at a higher standard than basic board requirements I also had the opportunity to mentor and tutor other students throughout my time in university. I was also prepared as an athlete from my time at Acton and became a record holder in my sport at the university. Acton gives students an opportunity to get involved in as many extra-curricular activities as a person wants to from being on sports teams to being in band to being on student council to being involved in a wide variety of clubs. After graduating from university in Texas I obtained my ESL teaching qualifications and went to South Korea to teach for a year. Upon my return to Canada I started teaching in an occasional position at Acton and have been placed in many schools across the board over the past four years. I am also in my third year of coaching with the University of Toronto and have 2 CIS women's team titles with track and field."

Jordan Lenz - Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON
Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Lakehead University Resident Assistant. 

"After graduating from Acton High School in 2013, I found myself travelling a 16 hour drive away to the city of Thunder Bay - a move that, quite frankly, I would have never expected from myself coming into grade 9. 
Through my vast extracurricular involvement while a part of the Acton High student body, I gained valuable life experience through interacting with my peers and teachers. I played part in a variety of leadership roles throughout my high school career, and those transferable skills have helped me adapt seamlessly to my new community at Lakehead University.
I am currently in my third year of the four year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program where I have solidified my love for this career and have dedicated many hours to class as well as clinical opportunities. In addition to my academics, I have been a Resident Assistant with the Residence Life team for both my second and third year - which has continuously challenged me to use all of my resources and experiences to better the community around me. 
The skills and knowledge that I developed throughout my time at Acton High School has played a tremendous role in my success to both my employment as a Resident Assistant and to my future as a registered nurse. Throughout high school, thanks to my peers and teachers surrounding me, I was able to gain a tremendous amount of self-confidence and self-assurance by getting involved in my community. I believe that this new-found confidence is what lead me to find the courage to move away from the comfort of my small hometown, which ultimately brought me to the most perfect campus which I now call home."

Lindsay Christopher - Actress & Assistant Director
IMBD PAGE: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm7892715/ 

"Going to school in a small town enabled me to connect with my teachers on a deeper level. They knew everyone by their name and actually cared about how you were doing in their classes, or when they saw you around.
Moving from a very small town to the heart of downtown Toronto was definitely a challenge, but I'm happy to say I was very prepared for it. 
Acton High School provided me with many opportunities to further myself not only academically, but also professionally and personally. I had opportunities that not every high school is able to offer, like an internship in a local radio station and the chance to host a teachers training video for all teachers in the Halton School Board. It was in those experiences that I fell in love with being a part of productions, and learned my passion for broadcast. 
I'm very thankful for the time I spent at Acton High School. "

Julie Holmes - McMaster University, Hamilton ON
Honours Molecular Biology & Genetics Co-Op. Program 

"When I graduated from Acton High School in 2014 (which seems like an eternity ago) I was ready to take the next step at university and say goodbye to Acton. I chose to attend McMaster University and I’m now in my third year of the Honours Molecular Biology and Genetics Co-op program. When I attended Acton High I was involved with various sports such as volleyball and soccer, and clubs such as Me to We as well as the school plays. Through these experiences I learned how to be a leader and how to be confident in who I am. I was surrounded by so many people who supported me, especially the teachers, who were so genuine in caring about each and every student. The education that I gained here set me up for many successes in university (as well as failures, let’s be real here-first year Physics destroyed me).
I remember in Grade 9 I was sitting in the science room on one side of the lab benches and hearing the teacher from across the room talk about evolution to his Grade 11 biology class. Every class after I barely listened to what was being said in my own science class and was fascinated by what was being discussed in the class across from us. This moment lead to my interest in and love of the biological sciences. I was lucky enough to attend a school research trip to South Africa while at Acton, which really brought science up close and personal.
Acton High was such a great environment to help my passion for biology grow. My favourite question to ask in class was “why?” and the science teachers encouraged my questions and curiosity and helped shape who I am as a person.
Now, in university I’ve had the opportunity to learn about amazing new discoveries in biology and even conduct my own research and present my findings. I am also a representative for the Faculty of Science, where I can share my passion for my faculty with first years and prospective students looking to come to McMaster to study science.
Acton is where I was able to grow as a person, whether I was in the classroom, on the court or field, or on the stage. My four years at Acton were some of the best years of my life and gave me experiences that I will never forget. "

Andrew Hilson - University of London, UK
Bachelor of Arts, Honours Degree English & Philosophy 

"Acton District High School was an inspiration to me. Due to the phenomenal experiences of the arts department, my perspective toward future aspirations was expanded exponentially. The crew in the Drama Department honed my skills and provided me with the opportunity to work with Soul Pepper Theatre Company in Toronto which I am still actively connected to. Also, only Acton could have given me the chance to write, direct, present and perform over six one act plays. From playing Captain Hook, to performing Shakespeare, to performing a multitude of shows with the Concert Band, Acton has it all for one interested in the performing arts, which is something I know I am very grateful for. Personally, I credit my varied experience with the Drama Department for allowing me to produce three local productions of my own.
Also, Acton High School granted me an opportunity to participate in the Ontario Legislative Assembly Mock Parliament, an experience that I would not have missed.  And with the help of Acton’s teachers, I was also encouraged to run for Student Trustee at the Student Senate and attended the Ontario Student Leadership Conference in Niagara.
Currently I am in my second year at the University of London, England and have completed work in English and Creative Writing, primed by my interest in scripting at school provided by the English and Drama Departments. The school has a very close knit community providing the best interaction with staff and students, helping them to achieve their goals.  It is a place where students make life-long friends and feel part of the greater community. As I head toward my third year of University, I couldn’t imagine my life without Acton District High School."

Update on former student Michael Evans

20131031_23911_0.jpgI am very proud to share that Michael received from the Heart & Stroke Foundation the SURVIVOR AMBASSADOR AWARD on Oct 3rd at the Oakville Convention Center.
 
This award is recognizing Heart and Stroke Foundation Survivor Ambassadors who,... in sharing their own personal journey with heart disease or stroke, engage and inspire individuals and communities to support their vital mission and efforts in continuing to save and extend lives.
 
Michael spoke at over 30 schools in the Peel/Halton Region last year.  Michael has recently been invited to speak to the students of Conestoga College.
 
Me2We Food Drive Accomplishment
IMG-20111220-00269.jpgMembers of the Me2We team held a cereal drive in support of 40 Baker street (a youth shelter in Guelph).









 
#1 In Canada!
_Jon's National Gold Medal 2011.bmp17th Skills Canada National Competition
With an aging workforce, comes concern about whether enough younger workers will be available to replace older workers as they retire. Skills Canada has a focus on filling the skills gap by focusing on innovative ways to promote skilled trades and technology professions to youth. It is best known for hosting the Skills Canada National Competition which is the only Olympic style, multi-trade and technology competition for young students and apprentices in the country. The competition is supported by 200 industry/education experts who create, run, and judge the contests.
This event brings together over 500 youth in over 40 skilled trades and technology contests. Each of the competitors had excelled in their area of study by first winning the local in school competition, then the regional competition, and then the provincial competition. The best in each province met and competed in Quebec City on June 1-4 in a demonstration of the skills, passion and ingenuity of young Canadians.
 
16 year old Acton High School student Jonathan Van Oosten  was one of these students. Using SoftPlan version 14, he had hurdled all the preliminary competitions and had finished the provincial championships with not only the Ontario Gold Medal in Architectural Technology & Design, but also the Award of Distinction for finishing with the highest score of all the secondary school competitors this year. The award came with a $1500 scholarship from the Ontario Council for Technology Education.
 
With a mere three weeks to prepare for the nationals, Jonathan and Technological Design Teacher Norbert Axtmann hit the sketch pad, the books and the keyboard, going through different design scenarios, construction details and studying current residential style trends.
On June 2nd and 3rd, Jonathan competed against the best Architectural Technology and Design students from across Canada in 2, 6 hour challenges.  For the first six hours, Jon was required to design and draw plans for a two storey house including first and second floor plans, foundation plan, elevation drawings and a detailed wall section.  For the second day, the “client” required changes to the drawings made the day before including an addition and interior wall changes, the creation of detail drawings and a landscaped site plan. At the awards ceremony at Quebec Place? on June 4th,  Jon continued his winning ways when he was presented with the Canadian Gold Medal in Architectural Technology & Design for his efforts.
 
Team Canada 2011
Desiray Ebbinge, a grade 12 Acton High Honour17022011_50048_0.png Student at the time, was successful in making the “Team Canada 2011” Cheerleading Team.
 
The Canadian Cheer Union selected two National Teams to represent Canada in the 2011 International Cheer Union World Championship on April 29, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.  They select the highest calibre of Canadian top athletes from all over the country to create one all girl and one coed Level 5 cheer team.  Desiray Ebbinge was selected to be an athlete on the all girl team. You can view Desiray’s tryout video on “You Tube” http://bit.ly/foD99O
 
Over 60 countries were represented at the 2010 World Cup and there will be even more attending this year.
 
Desiray has been an athlete of the “Cheerforce WolfPack Gold” team at a National level for the past 4 years.  She attends practices 5 days a week, 3-4 hours a day, along with competitions 8-9 times a year (including an upcoming competition in Dallas, Texas).  She was an alternate member of the 2009 Team Canada Cheerleading team.
 
We would like to congratulate Desiray for her accomplishments and recognize the incredible work ethic that she demonstrates daily.  She is truly a role model for us all.  Congratulations, Desiray.
  
Former Acton High School Student
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Priscilla Ladouceur is in the news!!
 
"Halton District School Board graduate Priscilla Ladouceur has come full circle.
 
The associate of Hossack & Associates Architects spent many happy days in the 1980s and early 90s roaming the halls, and learning in the classrooms, of M.Z. Bennett Public School (now McKenzie-Smith Bennett) and Acton High School before spreading her education wings at the University of Waterloo to eventually become an accomplished architect.
 
Recalling her elementary and high school memories played a big role as part of her recent job assignment – designing the new $27-million, 155,000-square-foot Oakville high school on West Oak Trails Boulevard, just west of Third Line.
 
The goal is to start school construction this year and open in September 2012.
 
Being given the task of designing a new Halton high school was exciting for Ladouceur, her maiden name Foster during her Halton District School Board school days." ... read more

Last Updated: February 23, 2017