• John Jantak

Young Hudsonite nominated for Loran award


PHOTO COURTESTY LORAN SCHOLARS FOUNDATION

Hudson resident Cai Mitchell is among the top candidates from across Canada nominated based on evidence of character, commitment to service in the community, and leadership potential for the Loran Award.

A Hudson student is in the running for the prestigious Loran academic award. Cai Mitchell, 18, is among the top 88 of 5,194 candidates from across Canada based on evidence of character, commitment to service in the community, and leadership potential.

“It feels really incredible,” Mitchell told The Journal. “It was quite a surprise for me. It’s exciting and kind of scary, both equally.” He’s is in his second and final year studying Liberal Arts at John Abbott College in Ste. Anne de Bellevue. “It’s kind of a general program that includes subjects like history, philosophy and critical thinking,” he said.

Grateful for the incredible opportunity

Mitchell said he heard about being nominated for a Loran Award near the end of the last semester just before Christmas. “They actually called me while I was in an exam. I came out of the exam, went to my locker and found out I had missed a call from the Loran Foundation.

“I did a little bit of phone tag with them that day but eventually it was a week before Christmas that I found out. It was a great holiday. It’s a really incredible opportunity and I feel grateful to have been nominated. Even if I don’t get it, it’s going to be a really good experience. It’s really cool that I’m a finalist,” said Mitchell.

Active at school and in the community

In addition to his school work, Mitchell is also involved at his CEGEP and within the community. “I’m really active at John Abbott. Most recently I started an academic journal. We’re trying to encourage students to write papers that are near an undergraduate level to give them an idea of what the peer review process is like,” Mitchell told The Journal.

“When I was at Westwood High School I started a gender and sexuality alliance there and hopefully that’s still going strong. Now that I’m at John Abbott I’m also involved in a transgender advocacy group,” Mitchell added.

As a musician, Mitchell is also a violinist who has performed with orchestras including the West Island Youth Symphony Orchestra up until last year. “I’ve also performed within the local community like at the Farmer’s Market and stuff like that. Just little things,” he said.

Academic goals

Mitchell also spoke about his future academic plans. “I’m hoping to study history and if I get into the University of Toronto they have a program called Ethics, Society and Law which I would like to double-major in. If I get the award, I’ll go to Toronto otherwise I’ll stay in Montreal. McGill and Concordia are both really great too,” said Mitchell.

Mitchell has a chance to earn a Loran Award valued up to $100,000 over four years for undergraduate studies in Canada. If not selected as a Loran Scholar, he is eligible to receive a $5,000 finalist award.

Founded in 1988, the Loran Scholars Foundation was the first national organization in Canada to grant undergraduate awards based on a mix of academic achievement, extracurricular activity and leadership potential. The national selections will take place in Toronto January 31 and February 1.

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