Étienne-Brûlé’s extraordinary student-athlete

WINNER’S SMILE: Carine Nemr of École Secondaire Étienne-Brûlé was crowned the North Region Athlete of the Year recently.

Carine Nemr wins North Region trophy

It just felt good.

That’s how Carine Nemr of École Secondaire Étienne-Brûlé felt when she was given the North Region Athlete of the Year honour at the Town Crier’s 25th annual awards banquet.

“It shows how important it is to have a balance between school, extra-curricular activities and still maintain good marks in school,” she said. “It’s nice to be appreciated for that.”

The 17-year-old was a key member of the senior girls volleyball and soccer teams, even recruiting players along the way.

“This year for the team we didn’t have a show of people so I kind of had to go around the school and scout a few people to play and train,” she said of her volleyball leadership. “We had a bit of a rocky season but we got into the playoffs, we made it to the (TDCAA) B division finals.

“It was quite interesting and it made our coach proud, seeing we had no hope for the team itself and not very high expectations.”

Not only gifted in revving up team spirit, Nemr had the highest academic average in her graduating class: 96.7 percent.

Additionally she was on the student council and finished high school with over 160 hours of community service.

Balancing life and sport played a pivotal part in her life, especially when you add family and pastimes into the mix.

“It’s just finding the right balance and always maintaining what I’m doing and staying focused — putting my all into what I am doing and not wasting time,” she said. “Every moment is well spent…I’m always on the run.”

Where she runs to is dance class.

“I started off with ballet and throughout my life I’ve experienced and experimented with different types of dance,” she said. “For the past four years I’ve really focused on jazz and acrobatics.”

Don’t forget tickling the ivories, too.

“With piano I’ve been doing that since I was young too — too young to remember how old I was,” she said. “It goes all the way to level 10, so this summer I will be doing the level 8.”

Writing the next concerto opus isn’t on Nemr’s career path though, as she will be attending McMaster this fall for life sciences.

Med school is an option, but she’s looking into something more based in nutrition.

“Maybe becoming a dietician,” she said. “I don’t have a set career but that’s something I was thinking about doing.”

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