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Award win priceless for silver medallist

May 28, 2009

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By Helena Bryan

Money isn’t everything, even to an aspiring number-cruncher like Robyn Davidson.

During four years in the Faculty of Science, the Langley Fine Arts high school graduate earned her environmental science degree and enough scholarship loot to allow her to focus entirely on her studies.

The award she’s most proud of, though, is one that doesn’t pay a cent: the coveted Governor General’s silver medal, bestowed annually on a graduating student in any faculty who has maintained a high scholastic standing during a minimum of 60 semester hours. Davidson’s cumulative grade point average (CGPA) was 4.23, just shy of the maximum total of 4.33.

"The other awards helped me pay for school, which is great," Davidson says, "but the Governor General’s medal is a recognition of merit and that means a lot. My fellow candidates were of such a high calibre that I can’t help but feel honoured."

It’s good to finish on a high note, but how to sustain the momentum? No problem for this energetic 25-year-old. She says she’s ready to tackle the next phase of her life. In fact, she’s currently articling in a Vancouver accounting firm while taking distance-education courses at the CA School of Business. When she’s done, she’ll be a certified chartered accountant (CA), an accounting designation equivalent to a master’s degree.

But don’t carve anything in stone just yet. Davidson doesn’t like to be pinned down. "My goal right now is to get my chartered accountant designation. Once I get that, well, I can’t wait to see where things go."

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