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 Young Alumna Award 2010

Amy VERNER'98
"I approach style as a curatorial process. Like art. Style is how you use a concealed label to your advantage." It seems Amy VERNER'98 has remained true to these words since they were first published in The Globe and Mail Style Section in 2007.
 
As a student at Branksome during her three senior years, Amy demonstrated her strong artistic talents and writing skills. She took every opportunity to widen her world and improve her understanding of everything around her. As teacher Dina Watson recalls, "Amy showed great sensitivity — a warm and caring student with great aptitude in, not surprisingly, my English classes." For Amy, Branksome was an experience that left her with "one indelible notebook of pleasurable memories."
 
After graduation, Amy attended the University of Pennsylvania, and then New York University, where she studied Media Analysis in the "city that encompasses the world." In 2001, she was just blocks away from the collapse of the Twin Towers. Her eloquent account of this devastation, and its ongoing effect on her and the people of New York City, was published in the Toronto Star. Also during her university years, Amy interned at US Weekly, gaining a first-hand look into internal workings of the publication world.
 
In 2003, when back in Toronto, Amy began contributing articles to publications such as Flare magazine, Canadian House and Home, the National Post and The Globe and Mail. With sharply honed writing skills and a non-conformist sense of style, Amy assumed the position of Globe and Mail Style Reporter in 2007. Assignments led her into the media spotlight on all sorts of lifestyle trends — from interviewing fashion designers, to assessing hot new gadgets such as the iPad, to schmoozing at the Toronto International Film Festival's party circuit, to guest appearances on CTV and CP24.
 
In spite of this whirlwind lifestyle, Amy finds time for freelance writing and spending time with her family. She has also returned to Branksome many times — as Installation Speaker, Career Speaker and, in June 2010 as guest speaker at the Green Carpet Senior School Closing Ceremony.

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