Our Grads (A-F)

SMUS Graduating Class of 2020

Said Al-Fazari
2018-2020
From Muscat, Oman, Said joined SMUS in Grade 11 as a Takatuf Scholar. He found a new home in Bolton House and enjoyed participating in the Photography, Politics, and Inquiry & Innovation clubs. He also contributed to the Intercultural Council and was a valued member of the Boys Developmental Soccer team. This fall, Said continues his global education in Scotland where he will study engineering at the University of Edinburgh.
Sadeem Al-Hajjaj
2015-2020
Originally from Saudi Arabia, Sadeem joined SMUS in Grade 8. She was part of a team that won the Hullabaloo Spoken Word poetry competition in Grade 11, which encouraged her to take on a leadership role as co-Head of VOICES Club. She was also involved with the Senior School musicals, ushering for Mamma Mia! and working projections for NEWSIES. Sailing is another highlight where she had amazing mentors and learned the true meaning of teamwork. She says SMUS has expanded her abilities; in particular, her passion for writing was nurtured by teachers and she has developed stronger learning skills and self-advocacy. Sadeem heads to the University of Victoria to pursue health and life sciences.
Head of School Award
Awards
Maadh Al-Kaabi
2018-2020
Moath joined SMUS in Grade 11 from Oman as a Takatuf Scholar. He embraced life in Harvey House and quickly learned that SMUS students take the initiative to make things happen. He was a member of the Cross Country team as well as the Investment and Hack clubs. He is grateful for the diverse and welcoming environment SMUS offers and the people he met from around the globe. His favourite off-campus experience was the orientation scavenger hunt where he made good friends and after which he never lost his way. Moath will study accounting and finance at The University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
Leqa Al Tamsi
2018-2020
Leqa, who considers herself from both Morocco and Oman, arrived at SMUS as a Takatuf Scholar in Grade 11. Timmis House welcomed her and she immediately embraced opportunities on and off campus. She volunteered with youth at the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria and served as co-Head of Girl Up Club. She performed original poems at open mic and poetry gatherings, joined VOICES Club and was selected as a recitation finalist in Grade 11. She appreciates the sense of family in the boarding community and the connections she made with students from around the world. Leqa will pursue a commerce degree at the University of Toronto in Ontario.
Caterina Angela Maria Asti
2018-2020

Cat joined Winslow House as a Grade 11 boarder from Milan, Italy. A talented performer, she wowed audiences with her beautiful voice as the lead in Mamma Mia!. She cherishes the deep friendships she formed with her Winslow sisters and the tremendous support she received from her SMUS peers and teachers. This September, Cat will return to Europe to study business management at Esade Business School in Barcelona, Spain.

Gavin Banting
2017-2020

Gavin moved from Calgary to Victoria and joined SMUS in Grade 10. He was an annual fixture on the Soccer team and particularly enjoyed competing at tournaments and being part of a team. His Grade 10 Business raffle project brings back fond memories and many laughs, and says the Grade 11 surfing trip was his favourite off-campus adventure. Gavin will pursue broadcast media studies at Mount Royal University in Calgary.

Abigail (Abby) Bartlett
2007-2020

Abby is a Lifer who joined SMUS in Kindergarten. Talented in the visual arts, it’s no surprise that Abby counts her art courses as some of the most impactful experiences in her time at the school. She volunteered her time at a local art camp, and says she was grateful to be able to offer a creative outlet that was so integral to her development as a child to other young people. She always appreciated the sense of community that drives SMUS through activities such as chapel, homeroom and Keep the Beat. Abby plans to study dental hygiene at Camosun College in the fall.

Elizabeth (Lizzy) Bass
2010-2020

Lizzy arrived at SMUS in Grade 3. She dedicated four years of her athletic talent to the Field Hockey team, where she loved playing with students from different grade levels and pushing herself to grow as a player and as a person. Every season taught her better time management and balance to succeed in both sports and academics. Travelling with the team in 2017 to a tournament in Kitchener, Ontario, was an experience she will never forget. She also served as a Link Leader this year and enjoyed welcoming new students to the school. Lizzy will pursue a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Victoria.

Jack Batoni
2016-2020

Jack energized Bolton House when he arrived at SMUS from Las Vegas as a Grade 9 boarder. He loved his time on the rugby pitch and enjoyed the occasional opportunity to put his competition into the “spin cycle.” A natural leader on outdoor education trips, he took advantage of as many school ski trips as possible. He also served this year as a School Prefect. His most memorable off-campus experience was the Outdoor Leadership trip to Manning Park and learning how to telemark ski. Jack’s affable nature is the perfect fit to study ski area and resort management at Sierra Nevada University in Tahoe, with an additional focus on outdoor leadership.

Hooria Bilal
2017-2020

Hooria arrived at SMUS in Grade 10. She appreciated the many friendships she developed over her years in the community as well as the plethora of engaging extracurricular opportunities. She is most proud of her involvement in Arts Council and with events like Keep the Beat and Howlapalooza. Book Club, with animated conversations and delicious tea, was the activity she most looked forward to each week. Hooria heads to the University of British Columbia to begin her studies in the Faculty of Science in September.

Emma Boyes
2018-2020

Emma hopped over to Vancouver Island from Tsawwassen in Grade 11 to join SMUS as a boarder in Winslow House. She is proud of her work as manager of the Senior Girls Volleyball team and enjoyed serving this year as a School Prefect. Spending time with her Winslow sisters, planning school activities, and working to inspire school spirit are all fond memories she will take away with her. Her trip to Bamfield with her AP Environmental Science class was also a highlight. Emma will study in the Faculty of Arts and Science at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, with plans to focus on sustainability, science and society.

Middleton Award
Awards
Clayton Burrage
2011-2020

Clayton arrived at SMUS in Grade 4. He enjoyed his time as a member of the Rugby team, particularly the friends he made and how they learned to work as a team. The Sustainability & Outdoors Council gave him many wonderful opportunities such as surf and ski trips. He really appreciated the number of outdoor experiences students were able to access each year. Clayton intends to major in anthropology at the University of Calgary.

Class of 1970 Award
Awards
Brandon Butt
2018-2020

Brandon arrived at SMUS in Grade 11 and considers both Vernon and Calgary home. He enjoyed spending time with friends who shared similar interests and contributing to the athletics program by helping design athletic T-shirts and organizing tournaments. An avid gym enthusiast, he attributes his workout habits to when he first arrived at SMUS with his frequent visits to the SMUS fitness centre after school. He says the outdoor education trips stand out as a high school highlight. This fall, Brandon will take a gap year to work and travel, with plans to study commerce in the future.

Yiwen Cai
2017-2020

Originally from Shanghai, China, Yiwen now lives in Victoria and came to SMUS in Grade 10. This focused and dedicated young woman served this year as Head of Public Speaking, Debate & Model United Nations Club and the Dead Economists’ Society, as well as co-Head of Academic Council. She was also a columnist for The Jag for three years. Her time at SMUS has been truly fulfilling; highlights include her first Model UN conference, trying out for rugby, and hosting her own club meetings. In September, Yiwen will begin her studies in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University in New York.

Boyce Award
Awards
Charlotte Campbell
2007-2020

Charlotte is a Lifer who has been at SMUS since Kindergarten. She developed her passion for art over the years and appreciates the guidance she received from her energetic, inspiring teachers who made the art room such a fun and creative place to be. She is proud that SMUS encourages and celebrates the arts. The service trip to Tanzania in Grade 11 was also deeply impactful, and she will cherish the beautiful people and culture she experienced in Africa. Charlotte will pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Victoria.

Nesta Bowen Horne Award
Symons Award
Awards
Sofia Carey
2017-2020

Hailing from the Bahamas, Sofia joined SMUS as a Symons House boarder in Grade 10. She developed her athletic skill as a member of the Soccer team over three years and joined the choir for the pure joy of singing. She appreciates the amazing friends she has made from all over the world during her time at SMUS. Sofia will study environmental health at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, this fall.

Isabelle Champion
2015-2020

Originally from England, Izzy has called Victoria home for many years, joining SMUS in Grade 8. She regularly outpaced the competition as a member of the Track and Field team and counts competing at provincials and travelling around British Columbia as highlights. This year she enjoyed co-leading The Magic Circle Club. She will always remember the camping, kayaking and hiking trips as part of the outdoor education program. Isabelle will begin studying life sciences at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, in September.

Carol Lobb
Awards
Jeffrey Chang
2017-2020

Jeffrey arrived to SMUS from Taiwan in Grade 10 and settled into life in Harvey House. He played in the orchestra for two years and feels he learned a great deal from living in the boarding community. He enjoyed meeting people from different cultural backgrounds and is proud of the connections he made. He also loved exploring the great restaurants of Victoria and the downtown area with friends. Jeffrey is off to study business at the University of Toronto.

Putt Charoenprawatt
2018-2020

Putt arrived at SMUS in Grade 11 from Bangkok, Thailand. As a member of Barnacle House, he felt like an integral part of the SMUS community. His experience as a Link Leader this year was rewarding, as he enjoyed getting to know new students and helping them settle into boarding. He appreciates that SMUS is filled with supportive people who encourage students to be the best they can be. Putt looks forward to studying business at the University of Washington in Seattle this fall.

Chapman Chen
2012-2020

Originally from Taiwan, Chapman arrived at SMUS in Grade 5. A member of the Athletic Council, orchestra and choir, he counts the SALTS sailing outtrip in Grade 10 as one of his fondest memories of his time at the school. With his love of biology, Chapman will head east to Montreal, Quebec, this fall to study life sciences at McGill University.

Sandy (Yiwen) Chen

Sandy joined SMUS as a Grade 10 boarder in Symons House from Shanghai, China. She was a member of Intercultural Council and enjoyed meeting people and learning about their diverse backgrounds. She feels SMUS helped her to develop leadership and critical thinking skills, and Sandy took many opportunities to share her academic skills with others. In September, Sandy heads east to study astronomy and physics at the University of Toronto.

 

Jessie Wing Chi Cheng
2016-2020

Jessie joined SMUS and Winslow House in Grade 9 from Hong Kong. She was proud to serve her Winslow family this year as Head of House and enjoyed supporting new girls joining the community. A multi-sport athlete, she played goalkeeper on the Field Hockey team and was co-captain of the Badminton team. She loved the team chemistry when playing sports and appreciates the great conversations, people and support she found at SMUS. With a serious obsession for politics and international relations, Jessie will pursue studies in education policy at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Carol Lobb
Parents’ Auxiliary Sportsmanship Award
Awards
Jidapa Ka Wa Cheng
2018-2020

Tuck joined Timmis House in Grade 11 as a boarder from Bangkok, Thailand. She participated in the Service Council, and recounts that playing intramural court sports and participating in the Whistler long weekend trip were some of her favourite memories during her two years at SMUS. Tuck will return to Thailand in September to study applied chemistry at Chulalongkorn University.

Meghan Chestnut
2007-2020

Meghan is a Lifer who joined the SMUS community in Kindergarten. She loved planning school events as part of Service Council and was an active member of the Green Team. Participating in the climate strikes made her feel like she was part of a movement that was actually making a difference. She is very appreciative of her teachers, who always worked hard to make class fun. Meghan will trade west for east as she travels to Halifax, Nova Scotia, in September to study English at the University of King’s College.

Jaime Chow
2015-2020

Jaime joined SMUS in Grade 8. Her involvement in the visual arts program was a particularly meaningful part of her school experience, helping her to develop as an artist and explore her passion. She learned valuable life lessons in rowing, a team which felt like a family. Jaime also served as co-Head of the Service Council this year. She is grateful for the guidance, inspiration and support of her teachers and classmates. Jaime will pursue a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Victoria.

Ker Cup
Nesta Bowen Horne Award
Teams Award - Rowing
Awards
Jossh Cooke
2013-2020

Jossh came to SMUS in Grade 6. Making and flying model planes is his hobby and Flight Club allowed him to share his passion with friends. Outdoor Leadership unlocked his love for the outdoors; he wonders whether it would have happened without SMUS. His favourite off-campus experience occurred during an Outdoor Leadership trip in Strathcona Park he opened his tent in the middle of the night and for the first time in his life he saw the Milky Way galaxy stretched across the night sky, a moment he will never forget. This September, Jossh will pursue an engineering degree at the University of British Columbia.

Gia Phuong (Zachary) Dang
2018-2020

Zach arrived to SMUS in Grade 11 from Hanoi, Vietnam to join Barnacle House. As co-Head of Arts Council, he developed his leadership skills and had the chance to work with a wide range of people. He will look back fondly on the strong friendships he formed in the boarding community. Zach plans to pursue studies in computer science and mathematics in the fall.

Owen Delichte
2014-2020

Owen began his SMUS career in Grade 7. From golf to rugby to soccer, he was deeply involved in athletics at the school, which he says was an irreplaceable opportunity to meet incredible people and share countless memories. His experience with Outdoor Leadership helped him to grow confidence in his outdoor, and leadership skills. Owen is looking forward to returning to his hometown in Alberta in September to study commerce, with a focus on real estate, at the University of Calgary.

Vininder (Viny) Dhillon
2016-2020

Viny ventured south from Whitehorse, Yukon to join Harvey House as a boarder in Grade 9. This gregarious young man played rugby throughout his SMUS career and names the connections with teammates and trips to provincials as key highlights on and off the pitch. As Head of Harvey House, he developed his leadership skills and enjoyed learning about different cultures from around the world. He credits the outdoor education program with fostering an appreciation of the beauty and wonder of the natural world. Viny will study commerce at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business this fall.

Duc (Huy Duc) Do
2017-2020

Hailing from Hanoi, Vietnam, Duc settled into SMUS as a Grade 10 boarder in Harvey House. The boarding community played a large role in his high school life, developing his independence and offering many fond memories. Over the years he was a member of Intercultural Council and Film Club. He also tried his hand at playing badminton. A strong student of mathematics, Duc hopes to study management or computer science at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario this coming fall.

Lisa du Plessis
2017-2020

Born in South Africa, Lisa now calls Canmore, Alberta home. She came to SMUS in Grade 10 and immediately connected with her Winslow House sisters, a constant source of support and comfort. She joined the Rowing team senior year and bonded with the community of athletes and coaches. Rowing was a definite highlight; she feels the sport made her a better athlete, student and person. She also loved backcountry skiing and winter camping in Manning Park as part of Outdoor Leadership, eating Mars bars in her sleeping bag to stay warm. Lisa moves to Kingston, Ontario this fall to study engineering chemistry at Queen’s University.

Head of School Award
Wilson Scholarship
Awards
Beverlyn Britney Chika Duru
2017-2020

Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Chika now calls Victoria home and came to SMUS in Grade 10. She loves that SMUS is a diverse school that has broadened her views on many things. She joined the Business and Psychology clubs as well as the Buddy Reading program, where she enjoyed watching children discover the joys of literature. She supported the Senior School musicals as an usher for Mamma Mia! and the backstage crew for NEWSIES. Through Art Club, she was able to create with friends and further expand her perspective. Chika will study social science at the University of Toronto in Ontario this fall.

Amira El-Hafi
2012-2020

Amira came to SMUS in Grade 5 and quickly immersed herself in a wide variety of extracurricular activities. She played two years on the Field Hockey team, enjoying the bond between the girls as well as the sport. She was deeply impacted by her experience as a member of the service trip to Tanzania in Grade 11, considering it a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. In addition to travelling to Africa, she counts her hiking outtrip as one of her best off-campus adventures. Amira will travel to Ontario this fall to pursue a Bachelor of Arts at Queen’s University.

Haley Ellmann
2017-2020

Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Hayley joined the SMUS community in Grade 10. A passionate athlete, she played on the Senior Girls Soccer team for two years and also tried her hand on the rugby pitch, a new sport for her. She considers the people she met and opportunities to enjoy the simpler things in life provided by the service trip to Costa Rica as one of her best high school experiences. Hayley will travel to Toronto to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree at Ryerson University this fall.

Ryan Ellsay
2014=2020

Ryan arrived at SMUS in Grade 7. A multi-sport athlete, he made significant contributions to the athletics program playing rugby, soccer, basketball and squash, as well as joining the Sailing, Cross Country, and Track and Field teams. Outdoor education helped shape his views on exploration and wilderness safety, and provided an opportunity to lead younger students in his senior year at Camp Barnard. With a couple of friends, he learned a lot through creating the Pop Cultural Studies Club. He feels SMUS helped him to develop an appreciation for knowledge and the skill and drive to acquire it. Ryan will study biomedical engineering at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario this fall.

Caleb Fahmi
2018-2020

Caleb came to SMUS in Grade 11. He was a member of Service Council and also dedicated hours volunteering outside of school with a youth soccer team. He will certainly miss his senior year triple morning spares, starting the day right by easing into the challenges and opportunities of school slowly. Caleb heads to Edmonton in the fall to study biochemistry at the University of Alberta.

Kenzi Farish
2013-2020

Kenzi began her SMUS journey in Grade 6. She immersed herself in opportunities to develop her people and organizational skills, serving as a leader on outdoor education trips and as this year’s Head Prefect. A talented athlete, she played soccer, basketball, rugby and volleyball and was also a member of the Track and Field team. She appreciates the plethora of ways in which students can lead in the SMUS community through experiential education, academics, athletics, and the arts. Whenever she wanted to try something new, she had the support she needed to take the leap. Kenzi will pursue hospitality management at the University of Guelph.

Darlene McCue
Awards
Mark Anthony Finamore
2016-2020

Mark calls Kelowna home and joined SMUS in Grade 9. Playing soccer, rugby and volleyball, he also kept busy with Service and Intercultural Councils, LaunchX Club and as Head of Me to We Club. He’s proudest of the morning coffee drive-through initiative, raising money for a local charity. He participated in Model UN conferences, vocal jazz, and with the Prefect Council led the annual haunted house. Dazzling audiences in four musicals shaped his high school experience, a highlight being performing at the McPherson Playhouse. He valued boarding life, developing lifelong friendships with his Barnacle House brothers. After a gap year, Mark will study international business as a Morehead-Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Nations Bowl
Awards
Julian Fitzgibbon
2007-2020

Julian is a Lifer who began his SMUS career in Kindergarten. He enjoyed Chess Club at lunch as it was a great time to talk with friends and learn to play the game. He participated in many sports throughout his time at the school, including rugby, soccer, basketball and track and field, and loved every moment. He will never forget seeing a family of bears close-up while on the rock climbing outtrip in Grade 10. Julian will head to Alberta to study commerce at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business.

Mary Fowler
2011-2020

Mary’s bright smile arrived at SMUS in Grade 4. The performing arts is where she found many unforgettable experiences, including long nights of rehearsals for the musical Mamma Mia! and participating in both band and choir. The opportunities to travel, including the trip to Europe with the choir group as well as the Ontario universities tour, were highlights of her SMUS experience. She also served as a Link Leader and member of Student Council. Mary heads to the University of British Columbia to study political science with an eye to a future career in business or law.

Karter Fry
2018-2020

Originally from Dhaka, Bangladesh, Karter now considers Canada home after joining SMUS in Grade 11. He values the opportunity that living in Barnacle House offered him to make connections with people from international backgrounds and to be independent, selfless, and to collaborate with others. As a member of the Senior Boys Volleyball and Basketball teams he learned persistence and developed his leadership skills. His SMUS experience has created a determination to make a difference in the world and to reach his potential. Karter will continue his athletic career at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta playing men’s basketball and studying international management.

Billy Greenwell Award
Hudson Award
Parents’ Auxiliary Cup (Runner-Up)
Teams Award - Boys Volleyball
Awards
Tessa Furey
2018-2020

Tessa joined Timmis House from Whistler as a Grade 11 boarder. Timmis always felt like the place on campus where she could most be herself; she has so much love for the people who made boarding life special. She valued being able to spend time in nature during the busy day-to-day life of school and appreciates how SMUS does its best to give students incredible opportunities, such as her chance to serve as a School Prefect. Tessa is interested in studying both political science and art history when she goes to McGill University in Montreal, Quebec this fall.

Head of School Award
Awards
Benjamin (Ben) Fyfe
2011-2020

Benjamin began his SMUS career in Grade 4. He played on the Tennis, Squash and Senior Boys Soccer teams and is proud to have won a tennis provincial championship. Athletics made a very large impact on his life and he leaves high school with many fond memories. He founded Chess Club and was also Head of Chinese Culture Club, roles which taught him leadership and organizational skills. He will miss ending his SMUS school day training or playing sports after the final bell and hopes to stay active in the fall as he studies commerce at the University of Victoria.

Please note that some students’ university destinations may have changed since the publication of their biography.