NORTH BAY -- A student at Chippewa Secondary School in North Bay has won a prestigious scholarship from Queen’s University worth $36,000.

Maeve Stemp, who is in the school's International Baccalaureate program, won the university’s Chancellors’ Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate superior academic ability and Maeve achieved this with an impressive average of 95 per cent in her rigorous IB and French Immersion courses.

"To be a good candidate, I think that I needed to love what I was doing. I love playing ringette, teaching art, and learning new things that I’d never thought of," said Stemp. "I believe that when you do something with joy, whether it’s skating or writing, I think the joy comes through. I am so thrilled to win this scholarship. I am grateful that the North Bay community has had so much to offer me."

Stemp organized and planned a major community event as part of her International Baccalaureate Diploma called "Art Battle for Babies." This initiative raised funds to purchase baby formula for the North Bay Food Bank and landed her a feature in the IB World Magazine.

"Maeve is extremely creative and is planning to pursue an honours degree in fine art and concurrent education. She has been heavily involved in Chippewa Student Council, as Student Senator, yearbook editor, and organizing the Arts Fair Banquet," said her guidance counsellor, Colleen Point.

According to Point, Stemp’s community involvement "is extensive."

"Maeve has volunteered to teach art to children at the Early Years’ Center, is an instructor with Learn to Skate, she has been a STEM camp counsellor, as well as sitting on the Ringette Ontario’s Athlete Advisory Committee," said Point. "Maeve certainly fulfilled all the criteria for the creativity, activity and service component of her IB diploma which supported the criteria for this scholarship as well."