Congratulations go out to Jacob Zayshley, whose family could not be more proud.
“Ten years ago, while battling cancer, we could not have fathomed the heights you were to reach,” said his family: father Randy, mother Erin, sister Versailles and grandmother Iris Shewchuk.
Zayshley is a proud graduate of Vernon secondary school. He was honoured to address his graduating class in June as valedictorian and was recently awarded the Governor General’s Academic Medal, for outstanding academic excellence.
Most notably, the jewel in his crown of achievements is adding the 40th Anniversary McEuen Scholar to his list of accolades. He said he is both humbled by and grateful for such an honour. The scholarship is annually awarded to one student from across the country for a fully funded undergraduate degree from the University of St Andrews on the North Sea of Scotland.
St Andrews is the birthplace of golf and its university is more than 600 years old. In the photo, Jacob wears the crimson gown traditionally worn at formal occasions ranging from high table dinners in the halls of residence to Sunday chapel and pier walks.
Zayshley is studying towards a joint honours degree in Russian and international relations.
“Our family would like to personally thank his teachers and the dedicated staff at VSS, the gifted doctors at BC Children’s Hospital, The McEuen Foundation and the community of Vernon for helping a young man achieve his dreams.”