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January 1, 2017
Benjamin Thomas Alcantara Balce attended Vancouver College for 5 years. He is easily recognizable from his contagious smile which was contagious, and deeply respected for the caring attitude he held towards his peers. The North Vancouver native was involved in many school activities. Ben was a discus thrower in track and field, and a middle linebacker for the Varsity football team (the same position Kristian had played). He suffered two knee injuries his senior year. During his graduating year, he coached both elementary flag football and the junior varsity football team at VC.
Off the field, Ben was part of multiple leadership groups such as the student council, the Letterman association, the minor officials (scorekeeping), and was a leader on the 78th Encounter, a religious retreat led by students. Ben also volunteered at the “Door is open” and served at the Bumpin Bakery. In the classroom, he had always had a love for English, Science, and Band class. Ben had been chosen to attend the VC speech night, 3 of the 5 years he was at the school.
Ben will be attending Capilano University, where he will enter the first year science program. This will be the first step in his plans to become a surgical nurse. He also plans on travelling more, and if his job opens windows for him to travel, Hawaii is the first destination on his list. He is working to help his family cover the cost of secondary school, but when he isn’t at work, he does enjoy quality time with friends and family.