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Cuthbertson student breaks long-time family tradition
Amy Bareham, a 17-year-old senior at Cuthbertson High School, is going to break a long-time family tradition, but itâ€™s a tradition they donâ€™t mind losing.
Amy had no idea when she walked into her schoolâ€™s media center Wednesday (Feb. 29, 2012) why her family and friends, who had gathered there, were cheering as she entered. Then she saw the balloons and banners saying Queenâ€™s University.
It was then that Amy realized she had been given the Presidential Scholarship, the highest academic scholarship at Queenâ€™s, worth more than $100,000, making her the first person in her family to attend a four-year college.
â€œIâ€™m thrilled and honored,â€ she said. â€œI love Queenâ€™s English program. Iâ€™m excited about Queenâ€™s. I definitely want to study English. Iâ€™ve wanted to be a writer since I was six.â€
The scholarship recognizes academic excellence, leadership achievement and service to the community. Applicants go before two panels of judges that are comprised of current Queenâ€™s faculty and students.
â€œThey are looking for students who have an intellectual curiosity, and who are a good fit for our signature programs that allow students to study abroad,â€ said Woody Oâ€™Cain, Queenâ€™s director of Admissions. â€œObviously through her responses, demeanor, level of maturity and her presence, she rose to the top.â€
As for why she thinks she was chosen, Amy said she just tried to be herself. â€œI know that sounds clichÃ©, but going in there, I didnâ€™t want to show them somebody I wasnâ€™t. I talked to them about what I was passionate about. I talked about my love of learning and my love of writing. I even shared some book ideas with them. I just tried to be me.â€
Todd Ebert, the Cuthbertson teacher who wrote the letter of recommendation for Amy, wasnâ€™t surprised she was chosen. â€œAmy is a wonderful young lady who has a bright future ahead of her,â€ he said.
Ebert has worked with Amy through her participation in the concert band, marching band, jazz band and rock band. â€œHer musical skills complement her academics, and she is successful in every activity she participates in. I see Amy as being successful at Queenâ€™s and know that she will represent their Presidential Scholarship and a Cuthbertson band alumni with great accomplishment.â€
Amyâ€™s parents, Judith and Jonathan Bareham, even brought Amyâ€™s grandfather, Alan Vincent, who was Skyped via her dadâ€™s laptop into the school from his home in Woldingham, England. â€œI was actually just with him last week, but Iâ€™m so glad he could be here,â€ Amy said.
Written by: Deb Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Video by: Don Mace, UCPS Web Communications Coordinator
Posted: Mar 02, 2012 by Deb Coates Bledsoe