Our Grads (S-Z)

SMUS Graduating Class of 2020

Caroline Salomon Wong
2016-2020

Caroline considers both Singapore and France home, and arrived at SMUS in Grade 9. She appreciates many different aspects of the boarding community including supporting her younger Winslow House sisters with homework, making great friends and her wonderful houseparents. A talented pianist, she played in several recitals. Caroline will head east in September to study psychology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Abigail Elizabeth Samuels
2018-2020

Originally from Jamaica, Abby calls Brampton, Ontario home and came to SMUS in Grade 11. A recipient of The Best School Year Ever scholarship, she quickly settled into Symons House. Boarding provided a sense of community and sisterhood; she will dearly miss her housemates and houseparents. Her work as a School Prefect helped define her high school experience; she enjoyed working in the heart of student affairs. SMUS helped to develop resilience under pressure; she can now confidently tackle seven tests in one week. This important skill will come in handy as she returns to Ontario to study life sciences at McMaster University in Hamilton.

Challoner Award
Awards
Phimmanda (Mint) Sathienthirakul
2018-2020

Mint joined SMUS from Bangkok, Thailand, as a Grade 11 boarder in Winslow House. She is known as a compassionate and caring student who was always supportive to her Winslow sisters. Actively involved in the Intercultural and Arts Councils as well as the Psychology Club, she also contributed on the court as a member of the Badminton team. She is grateful to her teachers and peers for all their support during her time at SMUS. Mint will head to Ontario this fall to study business at Brock University.

Angelina Shandro
2007-2020

Angelina is a Lifer who has been at SMUS since Kindergarten. This star competitor joined a variety of athletic pursuits which taught her confidence and resilience. Best known for her contributions to the Track and Field team, she helped set three provincial records, earned titles as the two-time 200m and three-time 400m champion, and qualified for the U18 Canadian team. She is also proud of the skills and mindset she developed through public speaking at recitations and Model United Nations conferences. Her Grade 9 surf trip stands out as a fond memory from recent years. Angelina travels east in September to study international relations at the University of Toronto.

Athletic Director’s Merit Award - Track & Field
Head of School Award
Awards
Ben Shaw
2013-2020

Ben came to SMUS in Grade 6. He is particularly proud of his broad athletic involvement at the school and is very appreciative of the great coaches and supporting staff for their encouragement. Highlights over the years include soccer trips such as the provincial and Island tournaments. He plans to pursue a career in athletics and learned valuable leadership skills as part of the Athletic Council. Ben will move around the corner in the fall to study sports management at Camosun College.

Jenny (Peirong) She
2016-2020

Jenny joined Timmis House as a boarder from Guangzhou, China in Grade 9. Living at SMUS with people from such diverse cultures made her embrace differences and challenged her own views about the world. She capably co-headed the Public Speaking, Debate and Model UN Club this year, helping other students to find their voice. Fighting alongside her badminton teammates taught her important lessons about team spirit and sportsmanship. She is grateful for her intelligent, caring and supportive friends from whom she has learned so much. Jenny heads to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois to study history in September.

Samuel (Sam) Shipley
2013-2020

Sam joined SMUS in Grade 6. As a member of the Rowing team as well as a club rower, he grew to love the sport and improved through hard work and perseverance. He rowed for Team BC and looks forward to rowing at university and to one day landing a seat in a Team Canada boat. He was also a member of Sustainability & Outdoors Council and took Outdoor Leadership, where he stepped out of his comfort zone for activities such as winter camping and paddling. SMUS helped him to develop a wide variety of academic skills. Sam will study science at the University of Victoria.

Appleyard Award
Awards
Sascha Skoronski
2011-2020

Sascha came to SMUS in Grade 4. The outdoor education program provided his favourite high school experiences; he travelled to places he would never have visited on his own. As a School Prefect, he guided a great group of students in Grade 11 Council; he will miss them and their Monday discussions. The fly fishing trip to Elk River for his Grade 10 pursuit was another memorable off-campus adventure. Sascha will pursue a dual degree in engineering and commerce at the University of Calgary this fall.

Head of School Award
Awards
Luna Song
2017-2020

Luna joined Winslow House as a boarder from Hangzhou, China. A versatile young woman of great creativity and drive, her SMUS career began in Grade 10 and from the first week was an exercise in expanding her horizons to embrace her Canadian experience and make it undeniably her own. Highlights include a five-day hiking adventure in the woods, proud devotion to the challenges of running cross country, and an eye-opening visit to the First Nations community in Ahousat. She applied and was accepted to Bocconi University in Milan last September, the first member of this graduating class to get a university acceptance, and is determined to make Italy her eventual destination.

Lauren Stecko
2018-2020

Lauren began her SMUS career in Grade 11. Friendly, cheerful and positive, she was a welcome addition to Service Council and enjoyed her experiences in Outdoor Leadership. She learned a great deal and considers the ski trip to Whistler as a highlight of her time at the school. Lauren will make Kingston, Ontario home this fall as she pursues a science degree at Queen’s University.

Suzie Stone
2016-2020

Suzie came to SMUS in Grade 9. A tenacious athlete, during her time at the Senior School, she was a member of the Track and Field team and played basketball, soccer, and field hockey, serving as captain of the Field Hockey team this year. SMUS taught her to be a student-athlete and to apply lessons learned on the field to her individual growth. She says she faced her fear last year and enjoyed finally performing in chapel, appreciating the positive response. She also served as the School Health and Wellness Prefect and valued outdoor experiences such as surfing and whitewater kayaking. Suzie will begin studying kinesiology and playing field hockey at the University of Calgary this fall.

Head of School Award
Teams Award - Field Hockey
Awards
Sunny (Yue) Sun
2016-2020

Born in China, Sunny now makes Victoria home and joined SMUS in Grade 9. This dynamic dancer enjoyed being part of the musicals, cherishing time both on and off stage with all the cast members. She also loved performing with the SMUS Dance Crew intramural, sharing her passion with like-minded artists. Her most memorable off-campus experiences included outtrips, where she established close relationships with new, diverse people away from technology and surrounded by nature. In September, Sunny will feed her creative energy studying art and design at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver.

Natpalin (Palin) Supradit
2016-2020

Palin travelled from Bangkok, Thailand to join SMUS as a Grade 9 boarder in Symons House. She cherishes the diversity in talent, thought and background at the school and was proud to serve as Head of Symons House this year. She was also the co-Head of SMUS Talks, where she learned to be open-minded, flexible, and to always come up with a Plan B. She led the Set Design Club in Grade 11 and was a member of the scorekeeping team, cheerfully supporting the athletics and arts programs. Palin heads to the United Kingdom in the fall to study arts and science at University College London.

Head of School Award
Awards
Sophia Tafel
2016-2020

Sophia joined SMUS in Grade 9 from Canmore, Alberta as a boarder in Timmis House. Known as Tafel, this no-nonsense young woman of incredible versatility, poise and purpose played a variety of sports over the years. With rugby front and centre, she achieved her dreams of a CAIS National championship, selection for the BC U18 XVs team in Regina, and serious training at the Rugby Canada Academy. She also somehow found time to be involved with four musicals in the pit orchestra, as a crew member and as Stage Manager. Tafel will tackle a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Queen’s University in Kingston.

Head of School Award
Shergold Award
Skinner Scholarship
Awards
Xin Tanabunsombat
2017-2020

Xin arrived in Barnacle House from Bangkok, Thailand in Grade 10. He was a tall and lanky presence with a serenity of spirit that no amount of pressure or confusion could unsettle, especially on the soccer pitch where his skill, poise and obvious maturity commanded respect from teammates and opponents alike. A gifted student, he is eager to pursue his interest in business at the University of British Columbia in the fall.

Peter Tang
2007-2020

Peter is a Lifer who started at SMUS in Kindergarten. He created irreplaceable memories playing in the pit orchestra accompanying four Senior School musicals. He was also heavily involved with the school music program, participating in concert bands, jazz bands and the orchestra. The bow-making pursuit in Grade 10 is his favourite off-campus experience, where he learned new skills alongside good friends. Peter is looking forward to staying close to his family and friends as he begins his science degree this fall at the University of Victoria.

Sonja Jaiwen Tang
2017-2020

Sonja arrived in Timmis House from Vancouver in Grade 10. A SMUS Golf team star, she started as the youngest player on the team that placed third at provincials. The next year, they placed second and she earned the team award. Outdoor Leadership experiences taught her real life and wilderness skills and allowed her to meet new people. She loved working with younger students leading the Grade 6 camp. She also served as a School Prefect. SMUS developed her empathy and compassion as well as meaningful connections with peers, teachers and the boarding community. Sonja continues her golf career at the University of British Columbia while studying kinesiology.

Parents’ Auxiliary Sportsmanship Award
Awards
Matias Heinz Totz
2013-2020

Originally from Switzerland, Matias is a longtime Victoria resident who came to SMUS in Grade 6. Over the years he was very involved with athletics, service, and myriad clubs and councils as well as serving as a School Prefect. He is most proud of creating and leading a Middle School club focused on helping younger students to discover the wonders of marine science. Favourite memories include attending volleyball provincials and playing sports in the positive environment SMUS coaches helped to create. In September, Matias will pursue business and computer science at the University of Calgary as this year’s recipient of the Richard and Lois Haskayne Legacy Scholarship.

Groos Salver
Awards
Cindy Tseng
2017-2020

Cindy came to SMUS in Grade 10 from Taiwan. She is grateful for her family in Timmis House, where she always put her best foot forward in House Games and supported her housemates. She enjoyed talking, laughing, sharing a meal, volunteering and doing fun everyday activities with her friends, who could always put her in a good mood. After graduating, Cindy will travel down under to Brisbane, Australia to pursue an International Hotel and Tourism Management degree at the University of Queensland.

Christian Turpin
2007-2020

Christian is a Lifer who joined SMUS in Kindergarten. This multi-talented, high-achieving young man tackled university-level calculus this year while still juggling his fulltime courses at SMUS. He also played the cello in the orchestra, and studied piano and voice outside of school. Seeing the culmination of collective efforts during school performances was a definite highlight. He participated on the First Tech Challenge robotics team, collaborating to develop a robot and earning a Dean’s List Finalist award. Another memorable experience was his SALTS sailing trip; he learned hands-on skills while enjoying the outdoors with friends. Christian will study engineering this fall at the University of British Columbia.

Head of School Award
Awards
Mareya Valeva
2013-2020

Mareya began her SMUS journey in Grade 6. Being a member of the orchestra played a significant role in her years at the school, allowing her to enjoy and share music. She will never forget accidentally walking into the Lecture Theatre and being matched with a Japanese exchange student, an incredible opportunity where she experienced a new culture and a week of learning and laughter. Outdoor education trips were also highlights, where she enjoyed the wonders of Vancouver Island huddled around a campfire counting stars. Mareya stays close to home this fall as she begins her studies in biochemistry at the University of Victoria.

Remei Van Raamsdonk
2013-2020

Remei joined SMUS in Grade 6. A competitive dancer for 13 years, she still found time to engage with the busy school community. She served as a Link Leader, enjoying making new connections and becoming more confident as a leader. She was a member of Service Council throughout high school and she hopes to integrate her passion for service initiatives into her future. Her most memorable off-campus experience was the university tour to eastern Canada since every day was filled with fun and time spent with her closest friends. Remei will study science at the University of British Columbia in September.

Andres Vega Perez
2016-2020

Andres began his SMUS journey in Grade 9. He developed leadership skills participating in soccer and rugby and serving as a member of the Athletic Council. He appreciates and will miss the teachers and staff, all of whom were incredibly helpful and caring over the years. Andres is an ardent sports fan who hopes to study sports media in the future. He will begin his post-secondary career by staying close to home this fall as he studies humanities at the University of Victoria.

Walsh Scholarship
Awards
Luke Vincent
2016-2020

Luke arrived in Grade 9 at SMUS. Most comfortable on the water, he sailed with the Royal Victoria Yacht Club race team for four years and formed part of the provincial and national teams. He is also an avid road biker. He is grateful to many of his SMUS teachers for the care and human connections they provided. Luke will set sail for Vancouver in September to study engineering at the University of British Columbia.

Athletic Director’s Merit Award - Sailing
Awards
Eric (Yijun) Wang
2017-2020

Hailing from Shanghai, China, Eric joined Harvey House in Grade 10. He enjoyed living with his Harvey housemates and making friends with people in boarding from around the world. He appreciated the diversity of the SMUS community and became involved in a variety of activities including serving as co-Head of both Radio and Barbell clubs, the latter of which he helped create. Studious and determined, Eric will turn his attention to the study of commerce in the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.

Ines Wang
2015-2020

Originally from Beijing, China, Ines now lives in Vancouver. She arrived at SMUS in Grade 8 and made Timmis House home. As Head of Timmis House she loved helping to create a sense of family and community with her sisters. She took part in a wide variety of SMUS activities over the years, including the musical, and this year served as Head of The Magic Circle and Photography clubs as well as the Grad Committee. This sparkling young scientist with a passion for brain science will ignite real and virtual classrooms at Tufts University in Massachusetts in the fall.

Head of School Award
Teams Award - Girls Volleyball
Awards
Jonathan (Tianyi) Wang
2016-2020

Originally from Shijiazhuang, China, Jonathan now calls Victoria and Saskatoon home. He arrived at SMUS as a Grade 9 boarder in Barnacle House and joined a number of extracurricular activities over the years. He served as a School Prefect and as the Head of LaunchX and Philosophy clubs. Each of these opportunities strengthened his leadership skills and made him a more well-rounded person. Being part of the boarding community is certainly the highlight of his high school life; he made lifelong friends and appreciated how houseparents, as well as teachers, cared so much for students. Jonathan will pursue a double major in cognitive science and economics at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania.

Logan (Ziyi) Wang
2017-2020

Hailing from Beijing, China, Logan arrived at SMUS in Grade 10 and immediately settled into life in Bolton House. He was a force to be reckoned with on the Junior and Senior Boys Rugby teams and will always remember the trip down under for the 2018 Australia rugby tour. He was honoured to serve as Head of Bolton House and plans to stay connected to his boarding brothers for many years to come. Logan is off to Georgetown University in Washington, DC, an ideal location to study international politics.

Sophia Wang
2016-2020

Sophia considers both Richmond, British Columbia and Beijing, China home. She joined Timmis House as a boarder in Grade 10, immediately becoming involved in many aspects of the SMUS community. She was active in the Pride Alliance and Volunteer Club, The Jag, and SMUS Talks. She was also a member of the Boarding Activities Committee, which played a key role in House Games. She is grateful for the diversity on campus as well as the many public speaking opportunities which have transitioned a passion into a skill. Sophia heads to Ontario in the fall to study economics and psychology at the University of Toronto.

Alyssa Watson
2011-2020

Alyssa joined SMUS in Grade 4. She was an active member of Student and Service Councils, highlights of which include grassroots soccer and holiday activities. Outdoor education was always extremely memorable, providing countless opportunities for her to step out of her comfort zone by trying new things. She truly believes that her amazing SMUS teachers and supportive friends have helped her to realize her full potential. She always felt challenged to develop her own ideas and strive to be the best version of herself. Alyssa will move up the street to the University of Victoria in September to study psychology.

Jane Chon In Wong
2017-2020

Jane hails from Macau and joined SMUS in Grade 10. Timmis House welcomed her with open arms and she names being part of the boarding community as her most memorable experience over the years. Living with people from across the globe helped to develop her English and Mandarin skills; she now speaks both languages fluently. She says she also loved being a “mom” to her Timmis sisters. She also learned to play badminton at SMUS and joined the Badminton team. This coming fall, Jane will study physiotherapy at Coventry University in the UK. 

Nicole (Zhe Wen) Wu
2017-2020

Born in China and raised in Vancouver, Nicole joined SMUS in Grade 10 as a Timmis House boarder. She honed her leadership skills as a Link Leader and member of the Grad Committee, and also enjoyed the opportunity to get to know so many different people in the boarding community, where she was a frequent flyer on the Timmis duty schedule. She believes outdoor education trips definitely pushed her out of her comfort zone and helped her to develop patience and a more open mindset. In September, Nicole heads south to Los Angeles to study international relations at Loyola Marymount University.

Maki Yamamoto
2017-2020

Maki joined Winslow House in Grade 10 from Fukuoka, Japan. She quickly demonstrated her adventurous spirit by joining the Sailing and Field Hockey teams, both new sports to her. She feels that the diversity of the SMUS boarding community is one of its greatest strengths, and is grateful to the school for helping to develop her positive attitude. Maki will be taking a gap year this fall before journeying to Europe to pursue business management at King’s College London.

Samson Yan
2016-2020

Samson hopped from Vancouver to Vancouver Island to join Harvey House in Grade 9. As Head of Technology Club, he further developed his love for tinkering through working on a wide variety of engineering-related projects with his peers. He was also a valued contributor on the Junior Boys Rugby and Badminton teams. He is grateful to the SMUS community for helping to build his independence and for the exposure to so many different extracurricular activities. Not surprisingly, Samson will pursue a degree in engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Hsiang-Ching (Tina) Yang
2011-2020

Tina arrived at SMUS in Grade 4. She was a committed member of the Art Club, which helped her step outside of her comfort zone and connect with many passionate, like-minded individuals outside of class. She also cherishes the time she spent with friends from around the world in the boarding community. Her most memorable off-campus experience is visiting the First Nations community of Ahousat. Tina will begin her studies in psychology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, this fall.

Larry Yu
2008-2020

Larry is a Lifer who joined SMUS in Grade 1. This year he served as co-Head of Academic Council and as Head of Math Club, where he particularly enjoyed travelling as a team to Vancouver for Math Challengers. Scholar, musician and athlete, Larry is among the most versatile and accomplished in this class of high achievers. He is ranked nationally in the 800- and 1500-metre free-style swim events and has his sights set on the 2024 Olympics. Larry will head to Southern California in September to study astrophysics at Pomona College and compete for the Sagehens.

Head of School Award
Awards
Angelo (Qing Yuan) Zhang
2017-2020

Angelo hails from China and arrived at SMUS in Grade 10 as a Harvey House boarder. He was a member of the Cross Country team and Barbell Club, both of which he enjoyed as a means to stay healthy and active. He credits SMUS with helping him to develop many academic and athletic skills, and appreciates the great facilities the school has to offer. This fall, Angelo will study management at Pace University in New York City.

Kevin Zhang
2011-2020

Kevin arrived at SMUS in Grade 4. This talented musician was involved with the orchestral strings program; he enjoyed playing violin in class as well as performing in school concerts. He shared piano music with the community through chapel performances and Piano Club recitals. Squash is a huge passion; practices were always fun and he worked hard on his skills with coaches and teammates. Memorable experiences included dissecting a fetal pig in AP Biology class and playing as both a piano soloist and a member of the orchestra during the school Concerto Concert. Kevin moves to Montreal in September to study biology at McGill University.

Head of School Award
Modern Languages Award
Awards
Tianshi (Archi) Zhao
2017-2020

Originally from Harbin, China, Archi arrived at SMUS in Grade 10, settling into Harvey House and immersing himself in the community. He founded SMUS Dance, through which he gained valuable experience working with people while expressing his passion and spreading joy. He often entertained the Senior School at assemblies with his dance crew. He was co-Head of Intercultural Council, an active member of the Pride Alliance, and a Link Leader, which all helped him to become more motivated, patient and enthusiastic. He appreciates the incredible opportunities SMUS provided, the people he met, and the tenacity, courage and leadership he learned along his journey. This fall, Archi will study commerce at the University of Toronto.

Darlene McCue
Awards
Ziyuan Zhao
2016-2020

Hailing from Beijing, China, William came to SMUS in Grade 9. He served as Head of the Military History Club and feels that his critical thinking improved exponentially as a result of challenging courses like AP Biology. He remembers fondly his time as a Barnacle House boarder and credits those years as pivotal in helping him learn valuable life skills. He is grateful to the Grade 10 experiential program for the activities which allowed him to discover a new passion in Kyūdō, the Japanese martial art of archery. William moves to Japan this fall to study marine biology and environmental science at the University of Tokyo.

Yi Fei Zheng
2016-2020

Originally from Chengdu, China, Jeffery now calls Victoria home and began his SMUS career in Grade 9. He served this year as co-Head of the Entrepreneurship and Tech clubs and was also a member of the Badminton team. These activities enhanced his leadership skills and made his high school experience, in his words, a “whole lot more colourful.” He will miss the great school spirit among the students. Jeffery will pursue a degree in mathematical and physical sciences at the University of Toronto.

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