Arborg student ready to lead

Jared fridfinnson

Article appeared in the May 5 Issue of the Interlake Spectator…

When Arborg Collegiate Institute’s, Jared Fridfinnson graduates from high school this June he will have a lot to look forward to. Fridfinnson beat out 132 of his peers from Manitoba and N.W. Ontario for the $10,000 “Leader of Tomorrow” scholarship, awarded by University of Manitoba to six students each year.
In total, 140 graduating students applied. This number was narrowed down to twelve finalists. The six winners of the prestigious scholarship will each receive $4,00 in their first year of university study, and $2,000 in years two to four.
The life long resident of the community of Geysir, located east of Arborg, has always been good in school. This year he will graduate with an overall average of 98 per cent.
“I’ve always put an emphasis on academics.,” said Fridfinnson. “I’ve always been a big fan of Gym. I like science. I like Biology…I try to do everything the best that I can.”
The high achiever has focussed strongly on sports and community service, coaching and fundraising, and setting a positive example to his peers. This year Fridfinnson coached Junior Varsity Boys volleyball. Previously, he had coached power skating for aged five to nine-year-olds at the Arborg Arena. Fridfinnson has been captain and assistant captain of several teams. He was Athlete of the Year in 2009, in junior Varsity, and hopes to achieve it again in his final year in high school.
All of the activities Fridfinnson has worked so hard at over the years showed his leadership potential, and, ultimately, has helped him to gain the scholarship.
He has advise to next year’s grade 12 students thinking of applying for the grant:
“If you want to go for something like this, then apply for it. I didn’t think I had all the things that were required. Put it out there. The worst thing they can say is no.”
“And don’t be nervous,” he added, “Be yourself. That’s all they’re looking for.”
Fridfinnson will continue playing hockey and volleyball at U of M, but plans to place most of his focus on his studies. His goal today is to eventually become a doctor, and will start by pursuing a degree in Science at the University of Manitoba in the fall of 2011.
Fridfinnson likes the idea of coming back to his community to work as a doctor and is keeping an eye open for government incentives that encourage doctors to put down roots in rural communities.
“I’ll try to come back for the first year or two at least,” he said.

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