Local Students Recognized with Bursaries from the Marie Dressler Foundation

Ava Bogyay (St. Mary CSS), Andrew Atanasoff (Cobourg Collegiate Institute), Olivia Rapsos (Campbellford District HS), Juliette Sinnott (St. Mary CSS).

Northumberland students Ava Bogyay (St. Mary CSS), Juliette Sinnott (St.
Mary CSS) and Olivia Rapsos (Campbellford District HS) received the “2019 Student Bursary Awards,” and Andrew Atanasoff (Cobourg Collegiate Institute) received the “2019 Bill Patchett Devotion to Community Award” presented by Delphine Patchett on Saturday morning at the Marie Dressler Muesuem.

The awards, each in the amount of $1,000.00 recognize excellence in academic achievement, personal achievement and volunteer contributions to the community. The “Bill Patchett Devotion to Community Award” recognizes one of the bursary winners who additionally has exhibited exceptional contributions to the community.

“The bursaries are made possible through the generosity of our volunteers, sponsors, donors and patrons of the annual Vintage Film Festival, and our other fund-raising events,” said Rick Miller, President and Chair of Marie Dressler Foundation.

Ava Bogyay from St. Mary Catholic Secondary School will be studying Music and Secondary Education at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Ava played a major role in many theatre productions at St Mary Catholic Secondary School. This year, she had the lead role in the school’s production of Beauty and the Beast.

Olivia Rapos from Campbellford District High School will be continuing her education at the University of British Columbia where she will study Music with a focus on Opera. Olivia has been an outstanding member of the Campbellford District High School community as Student Council Prime Minister and being involved with the Youth Advisory Committee and Student Athletics.

Juliette Sinnott from St. Mary Catholic Secondary School will be attending McGill University for a Combined Bachelor of Music and Science degree. Juliette is quite skilled at playing the harp and has been involved with multiple choirs as well as theatre productions such as Beauty and the Beast.

Andrew Atanasoff from Cobourg Collegiate Institute will be studying Fine Arts and Concurrent Education at York University. Andrew has tirelessly contributed to local and international organizations such as the Salvation Army, Cornerstone, the WE Foundation, Sleeping Children Around the World and the Journey of Hope with CCI’s sister school in Tanzania. This year Andrew was the co-president of the Interact club.

The Marie Dressler Foundation, a registered charity, has been awarding student bursaries for over 25 years to assist graduating students from across Northumberland County who are accepted for enrollment in full-time studies in performing and visual arts programs.

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