This year’s ELL (English Language Learners) camp was another great success. The students’ days were filled with a variety of activities. Mornings were spent learning language skills in the classroom with a group of enthusiastic and dedicated teachers, and the afternoons involved many on-campus activities and excursions.
The following competitors were awarded Certificates of Distinction for scoring in the top 25% of all contestants in the world who wrote the contests.
KES Grade 9 Fryer Contest Results:
1 st – Zhi (Angel) Li - she also placed 3 rd in NS
Tie for 2 nd – Mitchell Dinn and Xikun (Ted) Yu – they also tied for 8 th place in NS
Tie for 4 th – Y unjin (Kevin) Bai, Hannah Bryant, and Greg Otto
First Place: Lucas Martin
Second Place: Mengjin (Eric) He
Third Place: Tanvi Manchineni
KES Results for the Grade 9 Pascal Contest:
1 st – Cameron Stephens – received a Certificate of Distinction and the school medal
Grade 12 student, Kin Heng Ivan Seit, wrote a wonderful and thought-provoking piece on greed for my Grade 12 English writing assignment in preparation for our speech unit. It was very well written and I felt it should be shared. Happy reading!
Greed, as we all perceive, is one of the Seven Sins of Christianity. For centuries in literature, people ridicule desire itself as an act of superficiality. You might have heard of Buddhists saying to free yourself from desires. You might have heard of people saying greed causes destruction in ourselves. Businessmen are often ridiculed as “selfish, bloodsucking suckers” for earning their profit. However, is it absolutely immoral to have desires? Does it really only bring disaster to us?
Humans struggle in their desire of leading a better life or a brighter future. There is a constant desire for something; “People live to satisfy their own desires no matter what they do”. Think about this for yourself: Why do businesses exist? It is because people see something worthy to derive from. Even when we volunteer to help, do we not feel satisfied over helping somebody else?
Does this mean we are all greedy, selfish, and good-for-nothing? Of course not! Think about how humanity has evolved into what we have today. Do we strive for excellence? To quote from our school’s motto, do we strive to be more? Even though we all work for our benefits, we, without a doubt, have contributed without us noticing. Take Microsoft as an example. Bill Gates makes billions of dollars every year out of computer software and systems. Does that make him a selfish person? Of course not. Do you think we would have such excellent computers without him? Probably eventually, but several years later. As you see, humanity evolves with a formidable force named Greed.
In the end, I would like to use a quote from the movie Wall Street to conclude this, “Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms - greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge - has marked the upward surge of mankind”. Written by Kin Heng Ivan Seit
Last week, six KES students took their science fair projects to the next level and competed in the Regional Science Fair. Mitchel Larkin, Cameron Stephens, Hannah Bryant, Justin Day, Greg Otto and Henry Mulherin were all chosen by the judges at the KES Science Fair to go on to the regional competition at the NSCC campus in Kentville. All the students had excellent presentations and did a great job sharing their ideas and discoveries with the judges, other students and the public.
The students merited many medals and awards during the closing of the competition. Cameron won a Shad Valley Scholarship. Hannah won a SILVER medal, admission to the Acadia University Huggins High School Seminar and a Shad Valley Scholarship. Mitchel won a GOLD medal, admission to the Acadia University Huggins High School Seminar and a Shad Valley Scholarship. Henry won a GOLD medal and the Canadian Federation of University Women: merit ward.