Our Grads (L-R)

SMUS Graduating Class of 2020

Anqi (Angel) Lan
2016-2020

Angel came to SMUS in Grade 9 from Guangzhou, China. She enjoyed participating on the Cross Country team and taking Outdoor Leadership. She credits the school with helping her to develop objective thinking and a more inclusive mindset. Our school walls were often graced with her expressive artistic talent. Angel will start her studies in art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago this coming fall.

Ellie Sophia LeBlanc
2013-2020

Ellie joined SMUS in Grade 6. Rowing deeply impacted her life, providing a second family and teaching her about strength and determination. She spent time coxing or in the coach boat and travelled to nationals in Grade 10. She was also involved with Service Council, leading as this year’s co-Head. She loves how she can give back through service, not only in the school community but also in the wider world. She appreciates the friends

Brian Dyer
Awards
Matthew le Roux
2017-2020

Matthew moved to Victoria from South Africa and joined the SMUS community in Grade 10. He is proud of his athletics involvement, where he broadened his sports horizon and improved his abilities. SMUS provided the opportunity to meet great coaches and staff that helped him through every sport. He served as co-Head of Sustainability & Outdoors Council and will look back fondly on his outdoor education experiences, which taught him many lessons about the outdoors and led to lifelong friendships; powder skiing at Mount Washington was a definite highlight. Matthew will pursue a Bachelor of Science degree at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Head of School Award
Awards
Justin Chung-Lin Lee
2016-2020

Justin burst onto the SMUS scene from Taipei, Taiwan to join Bolton House as a Grade 9 boarder. He is most proud of his contributions on the court as an energetic member of the Junior and Senior Boys Basketball teams over four years and off the court as co-Head of Intercultural Council. Both experiences allowed him to grow in his understanding of the importance of diversity to a successful team. The university tour to Southern California stands out as a favourite memory, particularly travelling with friends. In September, Justin will head to the University of California San Diego to study probability and statistics.

Graeme Leggatt
2007-2020

Graeme is a Lifer who began his SMUS career in Kindergarten. His most memorable moments include ski trips to Mt. Washington organized by the Sustainability & Outdoors Council as well as fly fishing and kayak trips as a part of outdoor education. One aspect of SMUS that he truly enjoyed is the positive energy both in and out of the classroom and how friendly teachers and students are to everyone. This fall, Graeme will begin studying kinesiology at the University of Calgary.

Margo Leggatt
2007-2020

Margo is a Lifer who joined SMUS in Kindergarten. She regularly out-manoeuvred her opponents on the field as a key member of the Senior Girls Soccer team; winning the first girls soccer provincial blue banner was the highlight of her playing career. She is proud to have been part of such a skilled and determined group of players. She also enjoyed art class as a method for channeling her creative energies. Margo heads to the University of Calgary in September to study biological sciences.

Boris Li
2016-2020

Boris arrived at SMUS from Richmond in Grade 9, joining Barnacle House. This effusive musician was a proud member of the musical pit orchestra over four years, serving as concert master for the past three. He was a frequent performer as a member of the orchestra and as a soloist at school events. He reflects nostalgically on his outdoor education trips to Strathcona Park, both as a participant and as a trip leader. More generally comfortable indoors, he was surprised to find winter adventuring one of his fondest high school memories. Boris will head to Vancouver to study in the Science One program at the University of British Columbia.

Padre Blencoe Award
Awards
Kailin (Kelly) Li
2016-2020

Kelly hails from Guangzhou, China and came to SMUS as a Grade 9 boarder in Symons House. Shy at first, Kelly really grew into her leadership and service roles on campus. With her characteristic grace and smile, she served as co-Head of Psychology Club and was an active volunteer in the school archives and as an ELL Peer Mentor. SMUS helped her to develop strong learning skills and a more positive and productive attitude. This fall, Kelly will immerse herself in the world of mathematics at the University of Waterloo in Ontario.

Michelle Li
2017-2020

Michelle joined SMUS from Guangzhou, China in Grade 10. She settled into Winslow House and enjoyed volunteering as a teacher assistant in AP Art History as well as being part of Arts Council. She also enjoyed being on the Badminton team; attending practices helped her to release stress and have fun. One aspect of the school she appreciated was the inclusive vibe and sense of community. Michelle will study history and political science at the University of Ottawa in Ontario.

Giang Luc
2018-2020

Giang arrived at SMUS in Grade 11 from Hanoi, Vietnam. She will be forever grateful to her Winslow House sisters and houseparents for making boarding so enjoyable; she met many new people and made lifelong friends. Events such as House Games, house challenges and spa days in the common room were particularly memorable. As a member of the Senior School musical backstage crew, she loved being part of creating something special for others to enjoy. Giang will study computer science at the University of Waterloo in Ontario in September.

Sabrina Luis
2018-2020

Sabrina journeyed from Jakarta, Indonesia to join SMUS in Grade 11. She found an incredible new community in Symons House and enjoyed being someone others could rely on. She was a member of Art Club and Arts Council, which gave her confidence and respect for different kinds of artistic expression. Adventures with friends will be the aspect of her time at SMUS she will remember most, especially their favourite lunch spot in the music building. Sabrina moves to Florida this fall to study computer animation at the Ringling College of Art and Design.

Nesta Bowen Horne Award
Awards
Sienna Luong
2018-2020

Sienna joined Timmis House as a Grade 11 boarder from Hanoi, Vietnam. She was an active member of the Intercultural Council and The Jag and enjoyed helping new students settle into the boarding community as part of orientation week. Choir was her most interesting class; she loved being introduced to new pieces of music, learning about harmonization and performing on stage with her friends. She appreciates the sense of community at SMUS and getting to know people from many different backgrounds. Sienna will study business this fall at Western University in London, Ontario.

Benjamin (Ben) Lupin
2007-2020

Ben is a Lifer who came to SMUS in Kindergarten. He loved playing in the pit orchestra for two Senior School musicals, Mamma Mia! and NEWSIES. He also enjoyed the outdoor education trips where he had a great time with friends, especially rock climbing. He credits SMUS with helping him to develop his interpersonal and critical thinking skills and providing a welcoming and friendly community. Ben begins his Bachelor of Applied Science degree at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

Joshua Qiwei Mao
2011-2020

Joshua came to SMUS in Grade 4. His tenure as captain of the Senior Boys Rugby team taught him a great deal about himself and built his leadership skills. He learned how to create a common goal and keep the team focused. As co-Head of Athletic Council he developed confidence and strategies to communicate and cooperate with different individuals and ideas. The Outdoor Leadership winter camping trip was his most memorable off-campus experience; it was extremely cold, but beautiful. This fall, Joshua will study molecular and cell biology, as well as play rugby, at the University of California, Berkeley.

Athletic Council Award
Athletic Director’s Merit Award - Boys Rugby
Head of School Award
Awards
Mark Saville Melo
2015-2020

Mark joined SMUS in Grade 8. He was a member of the Rowing team and also made some clutch plays on the volleyball court. He has fond memories of his time with his volleyball teammates competing at provincials two years in a row. Outdoor Leadership, particularly the Grade 11 winter camping trip, was one of the highlights of his school experience; led by knowledgeable mentors he explored the outdoors and developed survival skills with like-minded people on great expeditions. Mark will pursue a psychology degree at the University of British Columbia.

Jackson Miller
2017-2020

Originally from Calgary, Alberta, but now living in Victoria, Jackson joined SMUS in Grade 10. He takes away fond memories of his involvement with the athletics program, where he helped the Soccer and Rugby teams to provincial tournaments. He credits these sports with providing him an excellent opportunity for him to meet people and make friends from all grade levels. Jackson will stay close to home this fall to study commerce at the University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business.

Alexandra (Alex) Millett
2013-2020

Alex came to SMUS in Grade 6. An active member of Student Council for several years, she used her experience to co-create a new school group called Humans of Victoria Club. She enjoyed developing her leadership skills as well as learning about photography, interview, and media design skills. She has fond memories of exploring new cities with friends while travelling with the Ontario universities tour in her senior year. Alex will hop across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver to study health sciences at the University of British Columbia.

Emma Monahan
2018-2020

Emma made the most of her two years after joining SMUS in Grade 11. She enjoyed her involvement in the Politics Club which helped her to connect with like-minded people to share ideas. Playing soccer, a new sport, led to some favourite memories with supportive teammates. She forged lifelong friendships on the Grade 11 rock climbing outdoor education trip. Emma will be nearby this fall as she pursues environmental studies at the University of Victoria, with a future goal of studying architecture.

Hannah Murphy
2011-2020

Hannah brought her beautiful voice and smile to SMUS in Grade 4. A vital participant in choir concerts and small ensembles throughout high school, she credits the annual Senior School musical with building her confidence and providing a sense of community. As a School Prefect, she exuded a special warmth and cheerfulness, providing an engaged leadership presence that made a genuine difference each day. Grateful for the many kindnesses and expressions of support and encouragement she received from teachers, Hannah will take a gap year to travel and work before heading to university to study psychology.

Darlene McCue
Awards
Reika Nakagawa
2018-2020

Reika made Symons House home after joining SMUS in Grade 11 from Hong Kong. She built deep connections within the boarding community, meeting lifelong friends and deepening her understanding of diverse cultures and languages. As a Link Leader, Mandarin teaching assistant, and Head of Volunteer and Zen S&B clubs, she deftly wove herself into the fabric of school life. She states that SMUS has helped her to figure out what is truly important to her, inspired by different people with amazing minds. Reika will study commerce at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto in Ontario.

Nghia Nguyen
2018-2020

Hailing from Hanoi, Vietnam, Nghia joined the SMUS boarding community in Grade 11. The connections that he made with his Bolton House brothers are what have made his time at the school memorable. He was an active member of Intercultural Council and appreciates the diversity which SMUS has to offer; he will miss the friends he has made from many different cultures and corners of the globe. Nghia will study sciences at the University of British Columbia Okanagan.

Shiyao Ning
2016-2020

Originally from China, Shiyao arrived at SMUS in Grade 9. As a senior, she served as Head of both Psychology and Book clubs; she also attended Model United Nations conferences, and was part of the leadership team of the Public Speaking, Debate and Model UN Club this year. Over the years she was a member of the Cross Country and Tennis teams as well. One of her fondest memories was ordering bubble tea as a group in English class. Shiyao will study life sciences at the University of Toronto.

Maxwell (Max) Nishima
2013-2020

Max began his SMUS journey in Grade 6. The opportunity to serve this year as Head Prefect has been life-changing; not only did it help him to develop valuable skills, it also provided amazing connections. He started playing rugby in Grade 6 and has not stopped since. Being a member of the Rugby team has shaped him as a person, giving him some of his most valuable friendships and teaching him to never give up. He also appreciated the outdoor education program. This fall, Max will study environmental science at the University of British Columbia Okanagan.

Nations Bowl
Walsh Scholarship
Awards
Ayane Noichi
2018-2020

Ayane joined SMUS in Grade 11 from Nara, Japan. Timmis House welcomed her with open arms and she will always remember her Timmis sisters; living in the boarding community was a dream come true. She played oboe and English horn in the concert band and names the music trip to Europe as one of her favourite experiences. She also enjoyed the rock-climbing intramural, which increased her confidence in climbing and bouldering. Ayane is off to Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario this fall to pursue studies in marketing and commerce.

Jessica Nonay
2018-2020

Jessica packed her warm spirit when she ferried from Vancouver in Grade 11, quickly settling into Timmis House where Friday duty nights were some of her best memories. Rugby was integral to her time at SMUS; incredible friends, supportive teammates, a gold medal at the CAIS National rugby tournament, and a chance to play for Team BC. She will look back fondly on the first and only game the team played this year. She is grateful for her boarding experience, including losing track of time with friends, kind houseparents and leisurely Sun Centre dinners. Jessica will play rugby for the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds while studying sociology.

Burrell (Jessiman) Award
Head of School Award
Awards
Kate O'Connor
2017-2020

Kate began her SMUS career in Grade 10. She was very proud to serve as co-Head of the Politics Club this year, enjoying discussing politics and current events, moderating the all-candidates’ debate, and also eating many Timbits. She was also a School Prefect and a committed member of the Rowing team. She will always remember the lessons learned from coaches and teammates, and is grateful for their love and support. She appreciates her friends and the sense of community SMUS offers. Kate will take her debating skills to the Trinity One program at the University of Toronto in Ontario to study politics, philosophy and economics.

Ker Cup
Awards
Samuel (Oluwatamilore) Ogundare
2019-2020

Samuel first lived in the United States before calling Lagos, Nigeria, his home. He arrived this year at SMUS as a Grade 12 boarder in Barnacle House and quickly made fast friends with his new brothers. He played on the Senior Boys Developmental Soccer team, appreciating the chance to combine fitness and fun with a great community of teammates and coaches. Samuel is heading to Hamilton, Ontario, to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering at McMaster University.

Kaori Okuzono
2016-2020

Kaori has been part of the SMUS community since Grade 9. From beautiful Kyoto, Japan, she settled into life in Winslow House and enjoyed being surrounded by so many wonderful fellow boarders. She was instrumental in helping to launch and run The Howard Café in its inaugural year by serving on the Business Club executive team. She played in the Island Championship as a member of the Senior Girls Field Hockey team. Kaori will soon be applying to Japanese universities and will begin her degree in business at the start of 2021.

Deniza Ospan
2016-2020

Deniza grew up in Kazakhstan and now calls Victoria home, arriving at SMUS in Grade 9. A passionate athlete of skill and drive, Deniza found early pleasure and inspiration in fencing, a sport more recently she pursued as a coach. Rounding out her sport resumé are field hockey and rugby, and she names winning the CAIS National rugby tournament as one of her fondest SMUS memories. She also enjoyed performing with her peers in both choir and band concerts. Deniza will pursue studies in biology at the University of Victoria.

Duke Award
Awards
Yunus Emre Ozer
2018-2020

Hailing from Bartin, Turkey, Yunus arrived at SMUS in Grade 11 as a Barnacle House boarder. He was a member of the Senior Boys Basketball team for two years, which provided countless memorable experiences, great coaching and lifelong friendships. He also welcomed new students this year as a Link Leader. He truly appreciates the active SMUS boarding community and the amazing people who made it special. Yunus will pursue a degree in computer science at the University of California, Berkeley.

Timmis Scholarship
Awards
Annabelle Haiyun (Bella) Penninger
2018-2020

Originally from Vienna, Austria, Bella arrived in Winslow House in Grade 11 with a warm smile and quiet grace that allowed her to make friends and settle in quickly. A stylish, urbane and sophisticated presence in any classroom, she immediately impressed classmates and teachers with her patient, scholarly devotion to her studies, especially her writing. A deep passion for psychology will take her to the University of British Columbia in the fall.

Erik Peters
2017-2020

Originally from Indonesia, Erik now calls Victoria home and joined SMUS in Grade 10. A lover of many sports, he was involved with the Soccer and Rugby teams and Athletic Council, and was often seen on the sidelines supporting players and the school at home games. He is also passionate about outdoor education and leadership, taking part in many ski trips and serving as a member of the Sustainability & Outdoors Council, as well as a Link Leader. He credits his peers and teachers with pushing him to give his best to both athletics and academics. Erik will pursue a commerce degree at Queen’s University’s Smith School of Business this fall.

Cole Piche
2017-2020

Cole came to SMUS in Grade 10. As a member of Hack Club, he loved seeing faces light up as people learned new coding skills. A talented trumpeter, he also enjoyed performing in the jazz band as it provided a great opportunity to meet new friends and improve his musical skills and self-confidence by playing solos. His first outdoor education trip in Grade 10 hiking the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail was memorable. Cole will stay close to home this fall as he pursues an engineering degree at the University of Victoria.

Modern Languages Award
Awards
Meaghan Power-Pollitt
2014-2020

Meaghan arrived at SMUS in Grade 7. A local scholar of immense energy and devotion, she has relished every facet of her SMUS career and the many opportunities it has given her to pursue her passion for politics, economics and international relations. Excited by ideas and the chance to read, write and think deeply about them, she is grateful to SMUS teachers for pushing her to respond to intellectual challenges and inspiring her to forge her intellectual quickness and versatility through demanding learning. She will choose between the London School of Economics and the University of Victoria in the fall.

Sofia Ramon
2018-2020

Sofia came to SMUS in Grade 11 from Mexico, quickly making Timmis House her second home. Boarding provided a strong sense of community and allowed her to open her perspective by meeting people from all over the world. She loved the creativity offered by visual arts, finding peace and joy as a painter. Sofia plans to take a gap year to work as an au pair in Paris and then study to become a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language.

Nelson Arthur Hyland Award
Awards
Nadine Reis
2011-2020

Nadine began her SMUS journey in Grade 4. Outdoor Leadership was her favourite opportunity as it provided the chance to try new adventures such as winter camping and she loved all the trip leaders and outdoor teachers. A multi-sport athlete, she played soccer, rugby, basketball, and field hockey and was a member of the Cross Country team. She appreciates the amazing people she met through outdoor education and athletics, as well as the people in her homeroom, who made all the mornings together fun and worthwhile. Nadine will pursue a Bachelor of Nursing degree at the University of British Columbia Okanagan.

Head of School Award
Teams Award - Girls Cross Country
Awards
Adam Roberts
2013-2020

Adam came to SMUS in Grade 6. Playing soccer helped him to immediately feel connected to the community and created amazing friendships. SMUS allowed him to expand his comfort zone, whether performing in front of a full auditorium or hanging off a 100-foot cliff. Rock climbing and camping with friends are some of his favourite off-campus experiences. Adam is excited to be heading back to where he is originally from to study political science at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec in September.

Teams Award - Boys Soccer
Awards
Katherine (Katie) Rothwell
2015-2020

Originally from Toronto, Katie moved to Victoria in Grade 8 and began her SMUS journey. Each year she could be found on the court as a dynamic member of the Volleyball team, where tournaments and team friendships are among her favourite memories. She was also a star of the stage, performing the lead role of Donna in the school musical Mamma Mia!. She greatly values the sense of community at SMUS as well as the ongoing support she received from teachers and staff. Katie will return to Ontario in September to study medical sciences at Western University.

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