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Wednesday, July 03, 2019
HCDSB Announces Recipients of the 2019 Governor General Bronze Medal

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is thrilled to announce this year’s recipients of the Governor General Bronze Medal, awarded to the graduating student with the highest average from each secondary school.

The average is calculated based on the final marks received in all Grade 11 and 12 courses, as listed on each student’s official transcript, issued by the Ministry of Education.

2019 Governor General Recipients

​​​Secondary School ​​Average Achieved
​Bethany Frances Smethurst ​ Assumption Catholic Secondary School, Burlington  98.4%
Maria Mihu  ​Bishop P.F. Reding Catholic Secondary School, Milton  98.88%
Caroline Holicka ​ Christ the King Catholic Secondary School, Georgetown  ​95.93%
Varun Coelho​
​ Corpus Christi Catholic Secondary School, Burlington  95.5%
​Mengyu Chang ​ Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School, Oakville  96.64%​
​Shymega Arasaratnam  Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School, Milton  ​95.5%
Brianna Chester ​ Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School, Burlington ​ 97.44%
Kyle Hong ​ St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary School, Oakville ​ 97.6%
​Phuong Minh Huynh ​ St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School, Oakville ​ 97.32%

Mengyu Chang from Holy Trinity and Kyle Hong from St. Ignatius of Loyola are both international students, graduating with the highest average in their secondary schools. Read the full story: Two International Students Receive Prestigious Governor General’s Academic Award! 


"This medal of honour is a testament to the dedication and commitment to academic excellence demonstrated in our award recipients. We wish our students continued success as they embark on their post-secondary pathways and in their future career endeavours." - Pat Daly, Director of Education ​

Quick Facts:

  • For over 130 years, the Governor General’s Academic Medals recognize the academic achievements of students across Canada.
  • Lord Dufferin, Canada’s third Governor General after Confederation, created the Academic Medals in 1873 to encourage excellence across the nation. 
  • For more information and a list of recipients, please visit:

The Halton Catholic District School Board is a model learning community, widely recognized as distinctively Catholic. A provincial leader in student achievement, HCDSB provides exceptional educational experiences and services to over 34,000 students of all ages. God’s call to love and to serve is nurtured across our 45 elementary schools, 9 secondary schools, and 3 continuing education facilities, serving the communities of Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville. With a focus on Achieving, Believing, and Belonging, we provide our students and staff with the tools for realizing their fullest potential, while also instilling a life-long commitment to the community.

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