THIS YEAR’S Governor General’s Academic Medal went to a Caledonia student who’s now studying down south.
Erika Loggin received the award for her average of 97.1 per cent in Grades 11 and 12, being active in the school and the community, and earning numerous awards and scholarships during her time at Caledonia, said Caledonia awards co-ordinator Robin MacLeod.
Loggin is currently studying linguistics at Simon Fraser University.
The academic medals were created by Lord Dufferin, Canada’s third Governor General after Confederation, in 1873 to encourage academic excellence across the nation.
Over the years, they have become the most prestigious award that students in Canadian schools can receive.
They are awarded to the student graduating with the highest average from a high school, as well as from approved college or university programs.
Today, the Governor General’s Academic Medals are awarded at four distinct levels: Bronze at the secondary school level; Collegiate Bronze at the post-secondary, diploma level; Silver at the undergraduate level; and Gold at the graduate level.
Medals are presented on behalf of the Governor General along with personalized certificates signed by the Governor General. There is no monetary award associated with the medal.