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Ashley Fitzpatrick was awarded a full scholarship to the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario.

Robert Slaney was selected by the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League in their recently held draft.

Natasha Janes won both the Top Junior Achievement President for the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador and Top Salesperson Award.

Melanie Barrett won both the Junior Achievement Non-Executive Achiever Award and Top Salesperson Award.

Jonathan Harris won the Junior Achievement Top Salesperson Award.

Craig Snow was named Bay Robert's Male Athlete of the Year.

Congratulations to Lisa LeShane and Melissa Caravan on winning the Newfoundland and Labrador Enterprise Olympics Showcase Competition in Gander this past weekend. Lisa and Melissa's entry,"The Nefoundland Chocolate Moose", involved the selling of traditional bakery items and chocolate products in the shape of historical artifacts and animals.

The competition involved Enterprise Education students from across the province demonstrating their entrepreneurial skills in formulating, developing and presenting a business idea in a trade fair environment.The Showcase is judged on the students skills in communication, technology, and business plan knowledge.

From April 29 to May 3, nine students attended the Tim Horton's Camp in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, where they completed expedition training for their Duke of Edinburgh Awards. In June, these students will be awarded the bronze, silver or gold award.

Ascension Musicians Win Kiwanis Festival Awards

Ascension Jazz Band

Congratulations to all Ascension's music students who particpated in the Trinity-Conception Kiwanis Music Festival again this year.

Participating groups included the Violin Ensemble, Concert Choir, Applied Music Guitar, Chamber Choir, and Jazz Band. All groups performed very well, with the Astro Jazz Band receiving two awards for "Best Performance for Instrumental Group Section", and the Chamber Choir received the "Legrow's Travel Award for Best Performance in Folk Songs Classes 94-97".

Astros Cheerleaders Attend CheerExpo

Ascension cheerleaders returned on Monday from the CheerExpo Competition held in Halifax NS this past weekend. The girls went to Halifax to compete against other teams from across Atlantic Canada. Nearly 800 students participated in the three day event. While the team did not win any major awards, they did receive plenty of accolades from many of the coaches and spectators in attendance. It is hoped that the experience and tips gained at this competition will bode well as they continue to prepare for the Provincial Cheerleading competition which will be held in May.

Astros Girls Hockey Win Provincial Title

The Ascension Collegiate Astros Girls Hockey Team made history this past weekend in Glovertown. The girls brought home the provincial banner in the first ever School Sports Newfoundland & Labrador sanctioned high school hockey provincials in female hockey. The tournament was hosted by Glovertown Academy from March 18th to 20th.

The tournament consisted of eight teams from each region in the province. Each team won their respective qualification tournament prior to competing at provincials. The Astros completed round robin play undefeated and beat Holy Heart in the cross overs. In the gold medal game the Astros beat Roncalli Central High of Port Saunders by a score of 4 -1. Peggy Wakeham was awarded the sportsmanship award for the Astros.

Other team members include; Brittany Dawson, Hailey Dawson, Ashley Fitzpatrick, Erin Earle, Morgan Hanrahan, Natalie Hutchings, Lisa LeShane Ashley Lynch, Samantha march, Jillian Penney, Nancy Saunders, Brittany Spracklin, & Courtney Riggs.

The following level three’s will be moving on next year and we wish them every success; Ashley Fitzpatrick, Natalie Hutchings, Lisa LeShane, Ashlee Lynch, and Jillian Penney. The remaining squad members look forward to getting back on the ice next fall to continue their winning ways.

English 2201 students really get into Julius Caesar

Just as Mrs. Welsh's class was finishing up their discussion and analysis of the Shakespearean tragedy Julius Caesar, the class was graced with the presence of Cassius, Brutus, and the Great Caesar himself.

Congratulations to Kerri Mercer, Andrew Ryan and Lisa McCarthy for having the courage to don bedsheets and dramatize the plays characters. Can you guess who the tragic hero is?!!!!!

Keep an eye out for future board games and great student-driven ideas which will help you have a better understanding of the play and its dramatic elements. Songs, board games and talk show interviews with the play's characters will be available after Easter break.

Ascension Collegiate Job Interview Competition

Lisa Leshane - Winner

Melissa Kennedy - Runner-Up

Congratulations are extended to the five participants for this year's Ascension Collegiate Job Interview Competition. the participants for this first-time event were Jennifer Mercer, Stacey Dawe, Angie Fowler, Melissa Kennedy and Lisa Leshane. All students represented the school quite well and drew plenty of praise from the judges, Ms. Mary Tucker, Mr. Eric Jerrett and Ms. Cindy Morrissey. The runner-up for this inaugural event was Melissa Kennedy while Lisa Leshane was named winner. Lisa will go on to represent Ascension Collegiate at the Skills Canada Provincial Competition in St. John's on May 07, 2004. The provincial winner will advance to the Nationals which are held this year in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Astros Win Regionals

Congratulations go out to the members of the girls hockey team on winning their regional tournament on Friday March 5th. The girls defeated Crescent Collegiate in the championship game with a score of 4-1. This victory means the girls will now travel to Glovertown to compete in the first ever High School Provincials in Girls Hockey. The provincials take place March 19 & 20 and we wish the girls every success at provincials.

A special thanks to BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada) for their generous contribution and we hope to do them proud in Glovertown.

Ascension Wins Cardboard Boat Race

Congratulations to the Ascension Collegiate Boat Race Team on winning first place in the 8th Annual Newfoundland Science Centre Cardboard Boat Race. Members of the team were: Jason Brown, Deanne Drover, John Matthew Mercer, Andrew Neil, Mr. J.K. Flynn, and Mr. Philip Sheppard, teacher coordinator.

Using principles of physics and engineering design, and given limited materials, this team constructed a cardboard boat within a 90 minute timeframe that rated better than all other teams on a combined score in the following categories:
1) Fastest time crossing the pool
2) Longest time in staying afloat with as much weight as possible
3) Technical and aesthetic design
4) Team work and school spirit

The construction materials were limited to the following:
- Two 4x8(1/4”) corrugated cardboard sheets (untreated)
- 25 feet of twine
- 1 paper clip
- 1 roll of 20 m/60 ft of duct tape
- 1 paint brush (1 ½”)
- 946 ml can of LePage Pres- Tite Green Contact Cement

This is just another example of the success of a strong team effort at Ascension Collegiate.

Duke of Edinburgh's Award

As part of the requirements for her Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Peggy-Lee has helped to beautify our school by placing plants around. She regularly waters them and cares for them.

Sixteen Challenging Needs students are enrolled in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program. They provide a variety of volunteer services to the school including recycling, cafeteria and office work, and operating the “The Corner Store”. The Corner Store is located on the first floor, outside the main office, where students can purchase reasonably priced school supplies.

Astros Girls Hockey Team Wins Confederation Cup

The Ascension Astros Girls Hockey Team defeated the Gonzaga Vikings to take the gold in the 6th annual Confederation Cup High School Hockey Tournament at Mile One on Sunday Feb. 7th. The score in the championship game was 4-2, with Peggy Wakeham scoring 2, Erin Earle scoring 1 and Morgan Hanrahan scoring 1. Ashlee Lynch was the winning net minder while Morgan Hanrahan was selected as the most spirited player for the Astros. This was the Astros 3rd gold medal in the last four years at the Confederation Cup.

Team members; Brittany Dawson, Hailey Dawson, Erin Earle, Ashley Fitzpatrick, Morgan Hanrahan, Natalie Hutchings, Lisa LeShane, Ashlee Lynch, Samantha March, Jillian Penney, Nancy Saunders, Brittany Spracklin, Courtney Riggs, Peggy Wakeham.

Wax Worx - Board of Directors Meeting

Wax Worx, a Junior Achievement Company, delivers its first Board of Directors meeting to an audience of directors and special guests. The meeting was professionally presented and well-organized by all members of the venture.

Wax Worx is now offering designer Valentine's Day candles.

Free Breakfast!

On Wednesday, February 04, 2004 the students of Ascension Collegiate were treated to a free breakfast courtesy of the teachers and support staff of the school. This event was extremely successful as we had one of our biggest turnouts ever. This student breakfast is an initiative of the Ascension Collegiate Homework Committee and has been a tradition at the school for the past eleven years. The event would not have been possible without the generous donation of food from Powell's Supermarket in Bay Roberts.



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