College student a triple winner

Christopher Vaughan
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Donald Kettle

Each time his name was called, Donald Kettle made his way down to the front of the auditorium.

The second-year College of the North Atlantic journalism student smiled as he accepted one scholarship after another, especially when he received a Juno Legacy Fund Scholarship, valued at $1,000.

"He's been down here so many times, he's already famous," quipped the event's MC, Tom Rose, on the third occasion of announcing Donald's name.

In total, Donald received $1,650 in scholarships during the college's Bay St. George Campus recent academic awards ceremony.

The Juno Legacy Fund Scholarship was based on academic excellence. Another award, the Newfoundland Broadcasting Company Ltd. NTV/ OZFM Scholarship, valued at $500, was also based on academic excellence. Donald also received a Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 35 Scholarship, valued at $150, which was for highest overall achievement in his course.

"I was a little bit surprised when I found out I won three," said Donald of his awards.

A former radio host and television voice-over performer in Ontario and Alberta, he decided to attend school in western Newfoundland to be closer to his family and to update his credentials to include journalism.

“I was a little bit surprised when I found out I won three (awards).” Donald Kettle

"After I graduate (in the spring of 2012), I'd like to head to St. John's and see if I can find work there," said Donald.


Other winners

Among the other winners at the ceremony was Margaret Snook, who took home a laptop computer as the Business Studies Craft Fair Award winner.

"I was out in the workforce but I decided to go back to school to enhance my skills," said this office administration student.

That point-of-view was echoed by classmate Cindy Kendall, who won a Business Studies Instructors' Scholarship, valued at $500.

"I picked this course because I've done a lot of volunteer work in the community, including the Flat Bay Indian Band, but I didn't have the paperwork to back me up when looking for a job," she said.

More than 30 scholarships, bursaries and awards were given out at the ceremony to students enrolled in an array of courses at the college's Bay St. George campus.


Organizations: Juno Legacy Fund Scholarship, Royal Canadian Legion, Business Studies Instructors Flat Bay Indian Band

Geographic location: Ontario, Alberta, Newfoundland St. John's

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  • Susan Targett
    December 06, 2011 - 08:30

    Way to go Don!!!! You deserve the best!!!!!