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Trigon hands out $25,000 to area students in scholarships

The company also established a $15,000 sports fund for Charles Hays Secondary School in 2024
Kristen Barre, left, Trigon community relations liaison, with Charles Hays Secondary School's vice principal Aja Lihou on the announcement of the company's 2024 scholarships.

Trigon Pacific Terminals announced its 2024 scholarship recipients last week honouring four local and one regional graduating students for academic excellence.

Each year, the company awards up to $25,000 in scholarships (five awards of $5,000 each). 

Two of the awards, called the Trigon Scholarships, are entirely based on academic standing and go to students within School District 52 residing in Prince Rupert Port Edward, Lax Kw'alaams or Metlakatla. This year these two went to Nicolo Melhel Menalang and Iona Riesen, both from Charles Hays Secondary School (CHSS).

The other three, known as the Bernard W. Willars (a former beloved Trigon employee) Memorial Scholarships are also awarded based on academics, but with the added qualifier of being a dependant of a current employee. Two of these go to SD52 students and one to an SD82 student in acknowledgment that quite a few Trigon workers live in the Terrace area.

The Bernard Willars scholarships for 2024 went to Sienna Lomba (CHSS), Kiera Gurski (CHSS) and Hannah Lee (Caledonia Secondary School, Terrace).

“We are extremely proud to support these local students in their post-secondary studies,”, said Rob Booker, Trigon CEO.

“Each recipient has truly demonstrated how deserving they are, and we look forward to celebrating their successes as they continue their education journey.”

This year, Trigon also upped its annual commitment to Charles Hays with the establishment of the $15,000 Trigon Team Sports Fund (TTSF).

Each year, the money will be distributed to support all school teams and help offset travel costs for teams who qualify to compete at the provincial level.

“We greatly appreciate Trigon’s commitment to athletic and academic opportunities for our students,” said Aja Lihou, CHSS vice principal.

“Community support like this contributes to the quality of the local high school experience, and helps our students to stretch their wings and to pursue higher levels of competition and study, wherever that may take them.”

Thom Barker

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After graduating with a geology degree from Carleton University and taking a detour through the high tech business, Thom started his journalism career as a fact-checker for a magazine in Ottawa in 2002.
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