Elkhorn School principal, Lance Barrate, addressed the crowd of family and friends gathered in the school gym for the 2019 Grade 12 graduation ceremony on June 22.
He characterized the grad class saying, “They are a rare group that all started in Kindergarten together and graduate today together. Other students have come in and out of their class, but this group of eight has remained constant.”
Barrate expressed appreciation for the grads’ dedication to the school and community and thanked the parents and community for supporting them and sharing this important day with them.
He closed his remarks by encouraging them to move forward on their journeys, wishing them happiness and success.
Greetings were brought from Fort La Bosse School Division (FLBSD) by trustee Margaret Walker and from the RM of Wallace-Woodworth by Reeve Clayton Canart.
An entertaining power point presentation featured each graduating student throughout their life from cradle until today.
Students Gabriella Sisson and Austin Cousins expressed appreciation, on behalf of their fellow grads, to the teachers. Sisson and Cousins spoke on the impact that each of their teachers had on them from Kindergarten, where they learned to respect and share, to the present Grade 12 staff. They also thanked the support staff of EAs, bus drivers and custodians for the encouragement they all offered through the years.
The 2019 Valedictorian address was given by Parker Johnson. Pierce Martin had the honour to give the parent dedication. Jennifer Chant and Lorae Cousins responded on behalf of the parents. They encouraged the grads to keep their goals in sight, be courageous and don’t forget your roots.
Diplomas were presented by Lance Barrate with assistance from Katrinka Johnson. Presentation of awards and scholarships followed.
Two students were presented with an Honour Stole and certificate.
Each student achieved an average of 80 per cent or better in their 15 high school compulsory courses, two additional 30 level courses and three additional 40 level courses.
Stoles were present by FLBSD Superintendent Barry Pitz to Gabriella Sisson with an average of 88.6 per cent, and to Matthew Bajus, with an average of 91.2 per cent.
The final presentation was the Governor General’s Bronze Medal which was awarded to Matthew Bajus. Bajus graduated with 41 credits and an overall average of 89.5 per cent in his grade eleven and twelve courses.
Following the presentations, the graduating class met with family and friends who wished them well on their future endeavours.