Despite a year unlike any other, students in Campbell River continue to excel in the classroom.

School District 72 says it’s proud to recognize Carihi graduate, Riley Sutherland, and Timberline Secondary graduate, Chris James, as the 2019-2020 recipients of the Governor General’s Medallion.

The prestigious award is handed out to one student from each secondary school throughout the province for achieving the highest, combined academic grade point average during their grade 11 and grade 12 years.

“Chris and Riley are to be commended for this achievement,” says superintendent Jeremy Morrow. “To place at the top of ones’ class in the final two years of secondary school is only accomplished through a great deal of hard work and perseverance.”

Sutherland credits his math and science teachers for helping him discover his passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). He’s currently attending the University of British Columbia, working towards a degree in engineering or physics.

James, on the other hand, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in engineering at the University of Victoria. He hopes to become a software or computer engineer, and says he’s looking forward to attending UVic in person, hopefully next fall.