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UCDSB Student Success Snapshot, February
UCDSB Student Success Snapshot, February
Posted on 02/13/2019

Clairese Wilson, a 16-year-old student from Brockville Collegiate Institute (BCI), will be graduating this year after just three years of high school.  She’s been diligent and focused both in the classroom and out, but emphasized the help and support of BCI teachers and staff have made this possible.

“We are able to get where we are in life because we stand on the shoulders of giants,” she says, quoting Isaac Newton, explaining that her teachers have been cheering her on throughout her entire school career.

In grade 7, Student Services allowed her to take a grade 9 academic math course. Since then, she has taken control of her future and enrolled in more advanced courses during the school year and summer months to fast track her high school career.

In addition to her regular classwork, she takes part in math competitions, which she practices for on a weekly basis. Recently, she participated in a math competition where her team placed 3rd out of 30 teams in Eastern Ontario and wrote the Senior Math Competition where she scored above average.

To destress from the academic world, Clairese turns to music and has significant success in that field as well. Last spring, she was chosen to be the principal bass clarinet at the National Youth Band of Canada in Montreal and will travel to Winnipeg with the National Youth Band of Canada this year.

“It is so important to have music within our education system,” she explains. “It has enriched my life and many other lives as well.”

Since music has played such a big role in her life, Clairese seeks to inspire younger musicians. She is the president of the music executive at BCI where she works with other high school students to teach music to grade 7 and 8 students after school.

“Clairese can always be found with a smile and an easy-going friendly disposition,” says BCI Principal Chris Boston. “She is a great example of someone who is pursuing her passions and taking advantage of the opportunities and time afforded to her.” 

Clairese has applied to Engineering Science at the University of Toronto and Pure Mathematics at both the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo. She hopes to find out this month if she is one of 300 applicants to be selected for the Engineering Science program. 


For more information, please call:

Chris Boston
Principal at BCI

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