B.C.'s best students choose university

Service-minded young scholars select to pursue higher education at UBC

Eighty per cent of B.C.'s top high school graduates have chosen to study at UBC.

Twelve of the 15 students selected as the best student in each of the province's college regions in the Premier's Excellence Awards will study at the university.

"We are proud that tomorrow's leaders are choosing UBC to advance their learning and skills," says Brian Sullivan, vice-president, Students. "These talented students from throughout the province will quickly become
active participants in our vibrant, dynamic university environment."

Nine of the students will study science, two are in Arts, and one in Applied Science.

"We're absolutely delighted to have so many of these exceptionally talented students in our faculty," says Science Dean Maria Klawe. "We know they will excel in academic areas and will join the many other science students who make outstanding service contributions to the university and community each year."

Established in 1986, the awards are based on students' academic achievements and outstanding service to their communities and schools. They include a medal of recognition and a $5,000 scholarship to attend a B.C. university, college or institute.

The students who chose UBC are: Ryan Alkins, Sardis; Pavanjeet Bhatti, Kitimat; Laura Blue, Victoria; Carly Buchanan, North Vancouver; Anna Chau, Vancouver; Andrew Horne, Kamloops; Beverley Martin, Nanaimo; Jared Mawhorter, Prince George; Catherine Neish, Penticton; Melissa Tan, Coquitlam; Erik Weins, Langley; and Amanda Wilmer, Grand Forks.