Awards and Achievements

Highlighting news about Elgin Park Secondary students, past and present!

Hi my name’s Brock Newman. I graduated from Elgin Park with the grad class of 2010. Currently I am working full time landscaping to save money while I am planning for school in the 2011 fall season. I would like to focus my studies towards film production as I enjoyed my film class at Elgin. One of my videos went on to win in its category in both the BC student film fest and the Surrey student film fest. Just recently I have entered a Doritos (chips) competition and am trying desperately to better my chance at winning. The contest requires that participants write a possible ending for one of their commercials. The original commercial with info on the contest is found here…
Besides the monetary incentive, the winner is also given the opportunity to be a part of their ‘Think Tank’ program in which you would be offering ideas and opinions on advertisements, new products and other things. Finally, you are also left with credit towards being a writer, as they will shoot your commercial. This would go hand in hand with my film making and could leave me with a prospective reference for future times. Although dreaming of winning is hard not to do, I am very focused on gaining votes to become a finalist. Of all the participants, only 14 finalists will be chosen based on number of votes. 7 finalists for each flavour chips are picked so I need to be one of the top 7 voted entries. Currently as I am typing this, I am ranked 16th with 686 votes. The voting is done by first registering using your name and email address, there are no spam emails or promo offers sent to your email, it just verifies you are a valid voter. After registering the first time, it is much faster and easier to log in using email and password each time after as each email can be used to vote with once a day until the deadline of March 27th. So finally, here’s my entry for the contest…
So here is the link for my entry that can hopefully spread like wild fire!
Two Elgin Park students, Andrew and Alison Nichol. won the Youth Good Neighbor Award for our area.
Award mission statement: “To honor volunteers, supporters, and neighbors who inspire and improve lives through the community while raising awareness of the Neighborhood House Movement.”
“Andrew & Alison Nichol”
Alexandra Neighborhood House
This brother and sister dynamic duo are both students at Elgin Park Secondary School – Andrew is in Grade 11 and Alison is in Grade 9. Andrew is described as ‘an invaluable part of the library team – always ready and willing to assist whenever necessary! Andrew participates in the debate club, as well as being actively involved in the Surrey Parks & Rec Youth Council and the Scouts. Andrew was recently the recipient of the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. Alison is ‘an asset to her class and the school community – she is very helpful, cooperative and has a great sense of humor!. Alison is an avid swimmer, highland dancer, and is also actively involved in the Surrey Parks & Rec Youth Council. Both Andrew and Alison have been volunteering at Alexandra NH since 2005, and are active members of the Youth Advisory Council, where Andrew excels in contributing ideas and project management, while Alison is the one who pulls it all together! They are the first to volunteer at community events and summer camp, and recently completed their Counselor in Training Program.”
17112009_11313_1.jpgCongratulations to Benjamin Brown-Bentley, former Elgin Park Student Council President and Elgin graduate (2008) for winning SFU’s Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
SFU Venture Connection congratulates Benjamin Brown-Bentley, 2009 SFU Student Entrepreneur of the Year and Ammar Sultan, 2009 SFU Best New Student Entrepreneur!
Benjamin Brown-Bentley, an SFU Engineering student who runs a popular Vancouver events production company, has been named Simon Fraser University’s 2009 Student Entrepreneur of the Year. Brown-Bentley started up Adrenaline Productions only 10 months ago, specializing in all-age and late-night dance events. Adrenaline is currently the only company in the Lower Mainland to offer teen dance events at nightclubs. Working with local municipalities, nightclubs and police, Adrenaline licenses age 19+ establishments to remove all alcohol and provide a secure environment for teens.
Ammar Sultan of International Student Connections (ISC) was named the 2009 Best New Student Entrepreneur of the Year (a category for businesses founded less than 6 months ago). ISC is an international student support service agency providing a broad range of support to students coming to Canada to further their education, such as information and advice on school programs, placement in accommodation, travel arrangements and social networking events.
The SFU Student Entrepreneur of the Year Competition is an annual competition presented in partnership by SFU Venture Connection and SIFE Simon Fraser, with the objective to recognize the achievement of student entrepreneurs in creating business ventures. The competition is open to all current SFU student entrepreneurs under the age of 30. Cash prizes for the winners of the two categories, of $1000 and $500, were sponsored by SFU Business and SIFE Simon Fraser, respectively.
This year’s competition took place November 14, 2009 at SFU Harbour Centre, with jurists Mike Tan (TeamPages), Milun Tesovic (MetroLeap), Brad Palmer (Jostle), Stewart Marshall (CMA), Colleen Collins (SFU Associate Dean of Business), Phil Holland (SFU Entrepreneur-in-Residence) and Jim Derbyshire (SFU Mentor-in-Residence).
The other competition finalists were, for Student Entrepreneur of the Year, Nigel Tunnacliffe (GE-Free Solutions) and Glen Chua (Moonlite Productions), and for Best New Student of the Year, Manuel Pineault (Webinar Stock).
Last year’s SEY winner Milun Tesovic, co-founder of MetroLeap Media carried forward to win both the Regional and National ACE Student Entrepreneur Competition and competes next week at the ACE Global Student Entrepreneur Competition. The SEY competition has exposed Metroleap Media to new audiences nationally and internationally; its flagship website is currently one of the most visited music lyrics websites in the world.
Launched in the Fall of 2008, Venture Connection offers training and support programs for SFU’s entrepreneurs, linking student, faculty and local entrepreneurs with experienced advisors, funding opportunities, and other business connections. For more information on Venture Connection visit