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Student Awards

We stand out for our exceptional programming, academic excellence, and dedication in giving back to our community.

Every June, we recognize excellence in a variety of forms at our Awards Celebration. The following is a list of awards, as well as the criteria for each award.

Option Subject Awards

Awarded to students for their outstanding achievement as identified by teachers in each subject


Presented to students who have achieved an average of 79.5% or higher. Averages are calculated based on five core courses (ELA, Math, Science, Social and PE) and complementary courses with weightings appropriate to the minutes of instruction for the core and complementary courses. 

Highest Honours

Awarded to the student with the highest overall average in each grade.

Athlete of the Year (Male and Female)

Presented to the male and female athletes for their outstanding performance, leadership and enthusiasm in the Physical Education and Athletics program.

Young Author Award

This award recognizes a student in Grade Nine who has demonstrated an outstanding ability to use the written word effectively and creatively, often taking risks with content, vocabulary, imagery, style, and mood.

Director’s Award/ Jazz Award

Presented to an exceptional contributor to the Westminster Concert Band and Westminster Jazz Ensemble.

Brian Appleby Award

In honour of Brian Appleby’s years of dedication to the craft of music instruction, the Westminster Music Society has created a monetary award to help a student continue his/her musical studies.  The Appleby Musical Scholarship shall be awarded at the end of June to one grade 9 musician, who had been enrolled in Band 9 at Westminster School for that calendar year. The award may be used for the following purposes:

1) summer band camp

2) private lessons on his/her band instrument

3) band instrument purchase 

The student must prove a dedication to the program by being in extra-curricular musical groups; by excelling at performance on his/her instrument; by being a reliable helper in set up, clean up and travel with the band groups; by participating in community service through music; by being enrolled in band in grade 10 and by completing this application. Please indicate how the scholarship will help you further your educational endeavors in music and in service to your community.

Jean Elbrond Award

Presented to a student who best demonstrates the characteristics of citizenship as a contributing member of the school, someone who gives of themselves selflessly in the true spirit of their community.

Fernanda Salinas Sanchez Award

This award arises from tragic circumstances. Fernanda Salinas Sanchez was a student at Westminster during her junior high years and was a true Westminster Warrior. Sadly, Fernanda passed away in a tragic car accident in Mexico while visiting family in the summer of 2016, just as she was getting ready to enter her Grade 11 year at Ross Sheppard High School.  It is a monetary award administered by the Edmonton Community Foundation in support of a Grade Seven or Grade Eight female Westminster basketball player to further her skill development in the sport who:

  • demonstrates commitment and perseverance in the sport of basketball, always putting team before self
  • achieves an overall average of 75% or higher 
  • demonstrates a positive attitude and exceptional work ethic and