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Rick Mercer Contest 2008

The three winners of the Rant Like Rick contest are:

Courtney Hibbs – Best Rant Overall

This bright and energetic French immersion student is this year’s winner for Best Rant Overall. Hailing from Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, Courtney is an active community volunteer, honours student, and a track and field star. In her free time, Courtney is a member of Schools for Schools, a group of students raising money to build schools in Uganda, she likes to volunteer at the James Paton Memorial Hospital, and is very involved with her church as a singer in the choir. Courtney’s rant focused on the growing family doctor shortage crisis in the province. Her unique combination of humor, seriousness and social well-being helped contribute to this rant's conviction.

Jana Gillis – Best Rant

Jana Gillis says that she’s your stereotypical Cape Bretoner – she can highland dance, she plays the bagpipes, and she even knows a little Gaelic. Jana delivered a passionate and concerned rant about how we all need to get off the internet and explore the world around us – and she can certainly offer some pointers on how to do just that. Jana is a little involved in nearly everything. She plays on the girls’ high school hockey team, plays percussion in the school band, sits on her high school’s Safe Grad Executive, is a member of her community’s Interact Club, a member of Students Without Borders, a longtime volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society, and says she also likes to sing, play the piano, and snowboard. And if that wasn’t enough, she also takes acting, musical theatre, and playwriting classes! Jana plans on attending Memorial’s Sir Wilfred Grenfell College campus to pursue the Bachelor of Fine Arts, Theatre program.

Stuart Simpson –Best Rant

If there’s one thing Stuart Simpson has, it's passion. Passion for music, passion for acting, passion for writing, and passion getting involved. It’s no wonder this Placentia, Newfoundland and Labrador native was a natural fit for the Rant Like Rick contest. A two-time acting award winner, Stuart says the contest was an innovative and fresh opportunity to use his talents to express his opinion and earn money for tuition. Stuart’s passionate rant focused on the growing popularity of Facebook, and how the social networking site seems to be consuming his peers, “whenever anyone is within three feet of a computer they are nearly on Facebook, and even when they’re nowhere near a computer, they’re thinking about Facebook,” says Stuart. Stuart’s antidote to the Facebook epidemic is to get offline and get involved. In his free time, Stuart enjoys writing, reading, and drawing, serves as President of his high school student council, and is a member of his high school’s drama club.

Additional Award Winners

In addition to the top three rants, there were some entries that could not go unnoticed.

An Honourable Mention went to Jeremy Gordon from Deer Lake, Newfoundland and Labrador.

David Feehan from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador received an award for Best Acting.

Steve Butt from Springdale, Newfoundland and Labrador earned an award for Best Writing.

Codey Pilgrim from St. Philips, Newfoundland and Labrador received an award for Best Cinematography