The Real Deal: Past BSYE Winners Share Their Insight

The Best School Year Ever® is an experience you don’t want to miss out on, but don’t just take our word for it. Check out the answers from high school students just like you who landed scholarships to live and study at St. Michaels University School!

Why did you enter the contest?

“I wanted to stretch myself. I wanted to try things that I’ve always wanted to try, like the musical. I always wanted to be in a musical, because I love acting, I love singing, I love dancing, but I’ve never gotten to utilize my talents for that until now. And I wanted to try new courses that I haven’t been able to take before.” – Chanel Khuu, 2019 winner

“I wanted to go to a high school for Grades 11 and 12 at an institution that provided a good education and a different learning experience. I remember getting the Course Selection Guide and thinking, ‘How am I supposed to choose?’ It blew my mind how much choice I got here.” – Tessa Rehill, 2017 finalist

What do you like most about boarding life?

“Having this shared experience, it creates a really strong bond. We all have one thing in common: we’re all living away from home. We all still have family at home, but you want to have both feet planted at SMUS so we support each other where your family would at home. I just absolutely love how much family I have here. Sometimes I sit in my room and I’m like, ‘Wow! I’m actually here.’” – Abby Samuels, 2018 winner

“I like being able to go back to an environment where you’re surrounded by people who can help you in any way possible. If you need help in academics, you have a roommate who can help, or you have houseparents who teach the subjects. If you need help with sports, you have coaches on deck ready to help. If you need help with your social life, you’re surrounded by friends. Anything you need, boarding has.” – McEnroe Jean, 2018 finalist

“It’s been so different and exciting. I’ve found out a lot of things about myself, like I’m more extroverted than I thought and I’m able to make more friends. I’ve grown more independent, I’ve learned to do things on my own and take initiative on my own. It’s been a really fun experience when it comes to finding out who I am. I also think it’s great being able to meet so many people.” – Kira Barker, 2020 winner

Why should other high school students enter the contest?

“Entering The Best School Year Ever contest is the best investment I have ever made, and probably ever will! Those 10 hours I put into the planning, filming and editing of that very first video – those 10 hours took my life to another reality. The people I met and the things I did, they changed my life.” – Santiago Mazoy, 2014 winner

“I would encourage all students to apply! It truly is an incredible school and you will grow so much while there. There are so many new experiences you can explore and it’s an amazing stepping stone to prepare for university. When you are in an environment where everyone is pushing for greatness, you will also find yourself working for your goals. The drive for academic success is there at SMUS and it is definitely contagious!” – Meg Montgomery, 2016 finalist

Was your time at SMUS The Best School Year Ever?

“My time at SMUS was one of the most constructive experiences I had during high school. Especially moving to SMUS during the most important time of my high school career, I was given the freedom and flexibility to learn and grow in a new environment. There were challenges along the way, but overall my time was very conducive to making lasting friendships and reaching my academic goals.” – Leah Balter, 2016 finalist

“Get ready for the most incredible year of your life.” – Will Barry, 2016 winner

Ready to apply?

What do you want to get out of your high school experience? Let us know in your entry to The Best School Year Ever contest and see the tips page for other things to think about as you put your entry together.