by Rajinder Kaur
St. Michael Catholic School Kemptville’s recent graduate (2022) student, Japgobind Singh has boosted the pride by holding a solo pilot license at the age of 16 and adding an another page in the achievements of NG community. Japgobind hails from Oxford Mills. He is not old enough to drive a car as per the Ontario law but Transport Canada has issued him a license to fly all types of glider planes. With this achievement, not only the dream of Japgobind Singh has been fulfilled, but it’s also an inspiration to the youth. Japgobind says that he got the courage to succeed in life by putting the ability on the right path by channelizing his energy in a positive direction and working hard towards his goals. He gives the credit to his Air Cadet Squadron Ottawa and the worthy teachers and incredible administrators of St. Mike Catholic School. He achieved this success after many years’ of his hard work. Japgobind’s preparation to become a pilot started joining Air Cadet in 2017 in B.C., followed by the trainings in Alberta and Ontario. He completed his last section of training in Quebec and received his solo pilot license this summer.
Japgobind has always been an honor roll student. Along with Mathematics, Music, History and Science competitions, Japgobind secured first positions in Robotics competitions in BC Along with martial art skills, Japgobind excels in sports as well. In addition to his school’s soccer team, Japgobind also plays in the Eastern Ontario District Soccer League.
Recently, Japgobind has received the Bronze and Silver medals by the International Award Duke of Edinburgh program. Japgobind also received Award of Excellence by the legion and Service Award by the the Air Cadet. Japgobind Singh regularly volunteers with Salvation Army.
After completing his primary education in B.C., Japgobind Singh completed his Higher Secondary at St. Michael’s Catholic High School, Kemptville. Now Japgobind has been offered a scholarship in Aerospace and Computer Engineering by two universities in Ottawa. Studying at the university at the age of 16 is also a big achievement in itself.