SMSC Bravo Breakfast Award Goes to Markus


“We are so proud of Markus and his caring, hard working and outgoing demeanor,” writes principal Erin Merkley in the nomination submission for grade 4 student, Markus Suzky who is this year’s St. Mary/St. Cecilia School’s Bravo Breakfast Award recipient.

Asked why he was selected SMSC’s Bravo Award winner, Markus mulled it over and claimed, “I think it is because I have been doing well in school, and I make a difference.”

And he is correct, with his nomination information confirming his thoughts.

“This young man is hardworking, dedicated and compassionate in all areas of his life,” reads the SMSC nomination. “Markus puts an amazing effort into everything he does. Academically, he is very strong, but he always goes over and above in all of his assignments and activities. He never takes the easy way out!”

Markus says, “I really like grade 4. Mrs. Dickson is my teacher.”

His favourite subject is math, and he enjoys playing soccer.

“In the classroom, all of his classmates know that they can go to Markus for any help that they need. They know that he will treat them with respect and be patient with them. Markus does not judge other students, and this is what makes him such a wonderful part of our school….He is an inspiration to us all.”

Markus is a member of the SMSC’s Ukulele Club. “He is very proud of being part of this group and works confidently with all of the other club members.”

Markus and his mom attended the Bravo Breakfast on Tuesday, May 10.

“Everyone came [family], but only my mom and I went in. First we said Grace, and then we had breakfast. It was a very good breakfast. Then all the important people spoke about everyone who got chosen. And we had our pictures taken.” 

The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario celebrated the fourth of four area Bravo Breakfast Awards on Tuesday May 10, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School in Cornwall.

At the breakfast, students from the Cornwall area schools were recognized with the prestigious award. One student from each elementary and secondary school is chosen to receive the award annually to acknowledge the unsung heroes within CDSBEO Catholic schools.

The tradition of honouring these remarkable achievers was started eight years ago by Director of Education Wm. J. Garland who attended the breakfast.

Garland is quoted in a CDSBEO, press release, “Each of the young people here has been selected by their individual school communities for their special contribution. You have made a difference in the lives of those around you, and you have put others ahead of yourselves in many circumstance. Each of you represents what we hope all students aspire to do and be.”

Also in attendance were trustees Karen McAllister (Dundas and Stormont Counties) and Ron Eamer (City of Cornwall and Glengarry County).

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