In November 2009, Ichiko Sugiyama, a grade 12 student at Claremont Secondary School, has won the Vancouver Island Regional award in an art contest sponsored by the Canadian Legion to promote world peace.
Ichiko is from Tokyo, Japan and has been an international student at Claremont since grade 10. She will graduate in June and plans to attend a University in Canada this September to study engineering. Ichiko says her painting, “depicts a young woman looking back at war and ahead at peace”. She says, “I am doing it for Canada, the painting is in support of peace. I used light pastel colours to represent life.” Claremont principal, Mark Fraser, presented Ichiko with her award and confirmed that Ichiko’s painting has now been submitted for provincial and national recognition by the Canadian Legion. Claremont International Program Coordinator, Milt McNeil, says he is so proud of Ichiko’s accomplishments and is amazed at how she balances a heavy academic load with a broad range of electives but still finds time at school to play a sport and be involved in social activities.