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Kelowna student wins prestigious $100K scholarship 

A student in the Central Okanagan has won a prestigious scholarship.

According to Central Okanagan Public Schools, grade 12 student James Ropotar won the Schulich Scholarship.

<who>Photo credit: Central Okanagan Public Schools

The award is for $100,000 towards an Engineering/Applied Science degree at the University of British Columbia and makes the 2020 graduate part of an esteemed network of national STEM scholars.

"Winning this award has definitely changed my life," said Ropotar.

“The Schulich award allows me to focus on my studies and give back to my community. The network connects me with many brilliant minds across Canada, and I'm excited to learn from them."

Ropotar will graduate from Okanagan Mission Secondary this month.

"We are incredibly proud of James," said Bruce McKay, Principal at Okanagan Mission Secondary.

"I've actually known him since his elementary school days and he's always been a hard-working, thoughtful, and highly intelligent student. He constantly challenges himself and strives for excellence. He is such a deserving recipient of this award."

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