Aspiring Fine Art and Concurrent Education student Maeve Stemp has earned a scholarship awarded to those who demonstrate superior academic ability.

Stemp, a Chippewa Secondary International Baccalaureate student has been selected as a winner of the prestigious Chancellors’ Scholarship at Queen’s University worth $36,000.

School officials say Stemp has achieved an average of 95% in her rigorous IB and French Immersion courses and is extremely creative, leading to her chosen post-secondary concentrations.

To say Stemp is well-rounded is an understatement. She has been heavily involved in Chippewa Student Council as Student Senator, Yearbook Editor, and organizing the Arts Fair Banquet.

Stemp’s community involvement “is extensive,” according to Colleen Point, a Chippewa guidance counsellor. “Maeve has volunteered to teach art to children at The Early Years’ Centre, is an instructor with Learn to Skate, she has been a STEM Camp counsellor as well as sitting on the Ringette Ontario’s Athlete Advisory Committee. Maeve certainly fulfilled all the criteria for the Creativity, Activity and Service component of her IB diploma which supported the criteria for this scholarship as well.”

“I believe that when you do something with joy, whether it’s skating or writing, I think the joy comes through,” offered Stemp. “I am so thrilled to win this scholarship. I am grateful that the North Bay community has had so much to offer me.”

Stemp organized and planned a major community event as part of her International Baccalaureate Diploma called “Art Battle for Babies.” This initiative raised funds to purchase baby formula for the North Bay Food Bank and landed her a feature in IB World Magazine.

“To be a good candidate, I think that I needed to love what I was doing. I love playing ringette, teaching art, and learning new things that I’d never thought of, said Stemp.