Graduating in the Highlands
|By Staff | July 6, 2017
ASES class of 2017 celebrates success
Grade 8 Archie Stouffer Elementary School students took the next step toward their future during the graduation ceremony on June 26.
A total of 55 students walked across the stage in the school’s gymnasium as hundreds of parents and supporters cheered them on. In addition to receiving their certificates, some students were recognized for achieving honours and scholars. Several honour awards were also presented in various categories.
This year’s valedictorian was Cole Prentice. (Mark Arike)
JDH grads prepare for new chapter
Graduations are a time for endings, but also new beginnings. On June 27, Grade 8 students from J. Douglas Hodgson Elementary School officially crossed the stage to wrap up their chapter at JDH and take their next steps towards high school.
“Nothing comes unless you work hard,” Gary Brohman, school trustee, told the grads. In terms of thriving in high school, Brohman’s advice was simple, “get involved, get involved, go to class, and go to class.”
Valedictorian Emma Boutin made sure to acknowledge and appreciate all the families who supported the grads up to this point, and offered a sense of community that will carry over into the following years. Boutin reflected on the memories, shared stories, and development during their time at JDH, but expressed excitement for the upcoming new chapter.
“What matters right now is just starting in a new place,” she said. (Emily Stonehouse).
Red carpet for WES grads
Wilberforce Elementary School rolled out the red carpet for its graduates.
The Lloyd Watson Centre was decorated with a movie star theme for the June 27 ceremony. Sixteen Grade 8 students graduated at the event.
Awards and bursaries were also handed out in areas such as academics, citizenship, athletics and the arts. Several Grades 4-7 students also received awards.
Tianna Hiuser was this year’s valedictorian. (Mark Arike)
Adult grads prepared for next steps
It was a full house at McKecks to celebrate the graduates of the Alternative Education and Training Centre (AETC) June 28.
Thirteen people received their high school diploma, yet due to busy schedules, only six were able to make it back for the graduation ceremony. Principal Traci Hubbert addressed the grads, saying, “I know your futures are bright,” a message that seemed to resonate with the grads and families alike.
School trustee Gary Brohman told the grads, “You have the foundation, build your bridge, build your mountain, build anything you want.” Valedictorian Damara Scott, who was also the recipient of the principal’s award, acknowledged her fellow classmates and teachers, saying, “Thank you for believing in us when we didn’t even believe in ourselves.” (Emily Stonehouse).
Cardiff: Oh the places they’ll go
The Cardiff Community Centre was packed on June 26 for the Cardiff Elementary School end-of-year celebrations. After an opening address from principal Elaine Fournier, the Kindergarten students performed a thank you song. The Grade 2-3 students then recited from Dr. Seuss’ Oh the Places You’ll Go.
A recognition ceremony presented individual awards followed by the Senior Kindergarten and Grade 3 graduations. A slideshow presentation capped it all off. (Lisa Gervais).
SBES: Grade 3 graduates deserve applause
Parents, teachers, and students line the hallways of Stuart Baker Elementary School (SBES) June 29 to “clap-out” the Grade 3 students as they graduate from SBES and move on to J. Douglas Hodgson. (Emily Stonehouse).