Leadership skills earn student award from RBC

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A student at Northumberland Regional High School is receiving an award from the Royal Bank of Canada for her leadership and academics.

Emma Currie, who runs the communications committee and co-heads the prom committee at NRHS, will receive the $1,000 scholarship at graduation.

“I think I might’ve been chosen for it maybe for my involvement with my school as well as holding a leadership role at my part-time job with McDonald’s as well as my grades,” she said, adding that she’s a crew trainer at her job where she has been working for just over a year.

Currie said she got more involved with her school in Grade 11 after moving to the area from New Brunswick in Grade 10. She was inspired to do so after seeing the fun her friends were having and the connections they were building with teachers.

“It’s really awesome to be able to know what all is going on and be able to give my opinions on what I think we should do to make high school better for everyone. I’m able to make sure we do things that everybody can be involved in. It’s also really awesome to have that connection with my teachers more so than I did when I wasn’t so involved. It makes it a lot easier to go to them for help, whether it be school or personal issues. It’s really awesome to just be able to know what’s going on and see that what I’m doing is making everybody’s high school experience better for them.”

She said the award helps her with the cost of tuition and allows her to think more about things like picking her courses, rather than financial stress.

Currie will be attending Dalhousie University next year to study general sciences with the hopes of going into the advanced nursing program. She’s always been interested in health care and science, she said.

“I also really love the aspect of being able to deal with people every single day.”

The award is given to 175 Atlantic Canada, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Northern Ontario students each year and is based on a student’s academics, leadership and/or financial need.

North Nova Education Centre’s Samantha Cameron will also receive the award.