I have been writing this column for 24 years and have never singled out the accomplishments of any one person. Maybe I’ve referred to someone’s lifetime accomplishments occasionally, but never have I felt moved to comment on a single personal event – until today.
I’m sure most of you will have hear about Paul Manning winning a Rhodes Scholarship by now. Many of you know Paul as one of the manning triplets from Canning. Maybe you wondered what those kids are doing.
They are all doing very well – Paul hit a home run an will be attending Oxford University in England next year. He is in his fourth year at Dalhousie Agricultural Campus (referred to as “A.C.” by N.S.A.C. grads and many others). This scholarship is worth about $100,000 and two were awarded to Atlantic Canada students this year. The other winner is attending Mount Allison University in New Brunswick.
There were probably some people in some faculties at Dal that wondered why their university was going through a merger with that “cow college” in Bible Hill, Colchester County. “What could that bunch of country hicks bring to Dal?”
The merger took effect on Sept. 1 of this year. Paul has provided a spectacular answer to that question just three months later. It pleases me greatly that his winning was based on what he has done at NSAC and in his community before Sept. 1.
I know that Paul was an outstanding member of the A.C. student body because our granddaughter, who graduated last spring, kept me informed and I met Paul on campus a couple of times when I visited her.
I tried to find out if there were winners of this prestigious award in the past that came from N.S.A.C. or Canning, but Google didn’t know – or I couldn’t press the buttons.
Dr. Harold Cook, campus principal and dean, told a gathering of A.C. grads at the port Williams Pub on the evening before the story appeared in the daily press, of the award. He – a graduate of both N.S.A.C. and Dal – was bursting with pride as were all of us in attendance.
Paul is president of the Dalhousie Agricultural Students Association and is working on his fourth year of a degree in environmental and plant science. He plans to work on a Master of Science degree in Zoology, with a focus on ecology and conservation at Oxford.
We wish you well, Paul, and want you to know that we are proud of you and will watch your career with great interest.