Nils Jensen bursary added to annual Oak Bay High academic awards

Const. Natalie Mishrigi and Sgt. Sheri Lucas present Mara Pappas with the Oak Bay Police bursary of $1,000. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Tessa Brown Jones presented with the Oak Bay Fire bursary by Trent Frenkel, executive for the Oak Bay Firefighters charitable foundation. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Angela Wang presented with the first annual Nils Jensen Memorial Scholarship by Jensen’s widow Jean Thomson, and son Stewart Jensen, alongside teacher Scott Alexander. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Angela Wang presented with the first annual Nils Jensen Memorial Scholarship by Jensen’s widow Jean Thomson, and son Stewart Jensen, alongside teacher Scott Alexander. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Angela Wang presented with the first annual Nils Jensen Memorial Scholarship by Stewart Jensen and Jean Thomson Jensen. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Monday was awards day at Oak Bay High as staff navigated crowd limitations with creativity and innovation.

In the morning, a caravan of Oak Bay High teachers and alumni delivered the annual sports awards to 11 students using a bullhorn, costumes and confetti. Then in the afternoon the school cafeteria was staged for the awards ceremony with only a few teachers and staff members and for up to two visiting families at a time.

It was there that the Nils Jensen Memorial Scholarship was awarded for the first time, going to Angela Wang, “a very deserving and inspiring young lady,” said Jean Thomson, who was married to Jensen. The former mayor died in April 7, 2019 after a short bout with cancer.

Wang is headed to McGill University to study bio-engineering.

READ ALSO: Oak Bay unveils plaque to honour late mayor Nils Jensen

“She’s a very deserving and very hard-working, and inspiring young lady,” Thomson said. “She’s done a lot of important and inspiring volunteer work as a high school student and is dedicated academically.”

Wang was part of several volunteer groups, Youth Against Cancer and Cops for Cancer at Oak Bay High. She also started and ran Active Inclusion, a sports group for youth with disabilities that Wang began last summer. There is a club at Willows elementary and a few in Vancouver though they are on hiatus.

“It’s very exciting and very nice to meet Jean, I’m very honoured and excited,” Wang said.

As the school year winds down in the final week, Oak Bay High found many innovative way to celebrate retiring teachers, the retiring principal and graduating seniors.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support of the community in donating money to these awards,” said teacher Scott Alexander, who oversees scholarships at the school. “It’s important that we were able to make the awards meaningful despite the limitations [on gatherings].”

Annabelle Fieltsch and Tessa Brown Jones won the Oak Bay Four Pillars of Excellence Award, sponsored by the Oak Bay Firefighters Charitable Foundation.

Ethan Spratt won the Merit Cup. Olivia Noone was awarded the Ken Gill Memorial Award by the late firefighter’s wife Marie, and Noone also won the Elliott Eurchuk Memorial scholarship.

READ ALSO: Costumes, confetti and a bullhorn, Oak Bay High delivers sports awards

Mara Pappas won the Oak Bay Police Association Bursary, which was awarded by Const. Natalie Mishrigi and Sgt. Sheri Lucas of the Oak Bay Police.

Pappas is headed to the University of Victoria to study business this fall. Pappas also won the Oak Bay Humanitarian award and the tenor sax player was named one of two recipients of the Oak Bay Band Senior Citizenship award with Megan Foster (who plays clarinet).

“It’s very exciting and a big honour,” Pappas said.

Brown Jones is also going to UVic to study social sciences. Her award was presented by Oak Bay firefighter and charitable association executive director Trent Frenkel.

“It’s amazing to have the support of your teachers for this [Four Pillars] award,” Brown Jones said.

Anna Friesen, Abby McCluskey and Orla Scott were named the winners of the Difference Maker award. Chris Tang won the Bay High School Alumni Association award.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Metchosin to test tsunami notification on Thursday evening

Approximately 80 to 100 residents in tsunami-zone

Public tips lead to arrest in alleged random assault on Victoria bus

June 19 incident was recorded by onboard camera

Sooke Crisis Centre closes doors

Services previously offered to be dispersed throughout community support groups

New affordable homes on the way in Sooke

Eight new affordable rental homes to be built at Hope Centre

CRD explores option to use Oak Bay Lodge for people who are homeless

Motion asks staff to work with BC Housing, Island Health on possibilities

VIDEO: Victoria’s Raging Grannies call for end to public funding of for-profit senior homes

Organizer says COVID-19 has made senior home issues more apparent

Campaign aims to raise $50K for young family of deceased Vancouver Island skydiver

James Smith, 34, died July 5 following incident in Nanoose Bay

Canadian policing organization calls for decriminalization of simple illicit drug possession

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police want policing focus of opioid crisis to be replaced with a health one

Filing deadline in RCMP sexual-harassment class-action extended due to COVID-19

Plaintiffs now have until January 2021 to submit claims for up to $222,000

Jamie Bacon pleads guilty to charge in Surrey Six case

The plea brings an end to a complex legal case that has spanned more than a decade

Hefty undeclared driver charges piling up, ICBC warns customers

Average extra penalty $2,971 after an at-fault accident

Survey, hotline launched amid probe into racist blood-alcohol guessing game at B.C. hospital

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has been appointed to lead an investigation by Health Minister Adrian Dix

RCMP disarm man experiencing mental health crisis

The male pulled a knife on officers and then held it to his own throat expressing a desire to die

B.C. appeals judge’s decision to leave three clubhouses in Hells Angels hands

The province has filed two notices of appeal related to the B.C. Supreme Court decision

Most Read