London teenagers Matthew Van Oirschot and Brian Edward Yu receive Queen Elizabeth Scolarships

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They’re almost perfect.

Two London teenagers pulled off nearly 99-per-cent averages as they graduated high school this spring.

For that, they’ve each received a Queen Elizabeth Scolarship, worth $2,000.

But there’s more than just brains — and numbers — behind Matthew Van Oirschot and Brian Edward Yu, ready to embark on new lives in university this fall.

Van Oirschot, who graduated from Catholic Central high school, played on two hockey teams, sang in two choirs, played badminton and ran track. He was also part of his school’s robots club and trivia team.

He said he developed a love for hockey when he was very young. He played on a AAA team as a goalie and also played for his school team, for which was named MVP of varsity hockey.

“Hockey (took up) most of my time growing up in elementary school,” Van Oirschot said. When he was younger, he also went to an engineering camp and had an interest in math and sciences.

Come September, he will study engineering science at the University of Toronto — hoping to become a biomedical engineer. His interest in the field peaked during his Grade 12 biology class, he said.

“I want to be part of the generation that gets to explore all these different things that are coming into play now,” Van Oirschot said.

But being so involved and still getting fantastic grades wasn’t easy.

Van Oirschot said he had to focus on time management, and had help from his mother who made sure he always got to bed at a decent time. “I have a lot of support from my family at home to keep me focused,” he said.

Yu graduated from Central secondary school and was part of its multicultural club, where he organized school assemblies throughout his four years there.

Fluent in French, he’s also been taking Cantonese language classes on the weekends.

Yu is headed to Western University to study medical sciences, aiming to become a doctor.

“For now I guess just getting (to medical school) is the goal, but hopefully I’ll become a radiologist,” he said.

The son of a doctor, Yu said he had a lot of family support in high school but that his secret to getting great marks was simply paying attention in class — and doing all of his homework. 

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