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Rosalynn Peschl, BComm’10, and a team of UCalgary community health science students, placed second at the Dubai regional competition for the prestigious 2016 Hult Prize. Thousands of the brightest university students from more than 150 countries took part in regional competitions across five cities. Their task: to solve a key global social challenge.
Vera Krejcik, MD’11, won the 2016 Canadian Medical Association Award for Young Leaders (Resident). Prior to entering residency in internal medicine, she suffered a stroke after an elective surgery. She lost the full use of her left arm and leg, but forged ahead to complete her medical education. She will finish her psychiatry residency in 2019. The Cochrane native has become a national leader, advocate and role model for the Canadian Association of Physicians with Disabilities.
Christa Sato, BA’11, BSW’14, was awarded the prestigious $10,000 scholarship from the Alberta Human Rights Commission and Student Aid Alberta for her master’s research on second-generation Filipino male university students in the province.
Benjamin Ross Hayden, BFS’12, won the Best Screenwriter (for drama over 30 minutes) category at the 2016 Alberta Film and Television Awards for his sci-fi feature film, The Northlander. The award-winning Métis filmmaker was also the youngest Canadian to be accepted to the prestigious Telefilm micro-budget program in the roles of director, writer and producer for this feature.
Faye Stenning, BKin’12, is ranked top female Spartan Racer in the world. What started off as a fun weekend hobby of jumping walls, crawling under barbed wire and throwing spears is now a serious career for Stenning. She turned pro in April 2016 and is competing in the NBC-televised U.S. Championship Series that finishes with world championships in Lake Tahoe, Calif., in December 2016.