TRHS grads encouraged to embrace adventures awaiting them
As Tantramar Regional High School’s Class of 2017 crossed the stage of Convocation Hall on Saturday, they were encouraged to embrace the adventures that lie ahead as they get ready to forge their own path in the world.
“We are at a turning point in our lives,” valedictorian Max Beaver told his classmates during Saturday morning’s graduation ceremony. “So what’s next?”
Taking part in everything from the Dragonboat races to school dances, the Wizard of Oz production to casino nights, critter dipping, field trips and so much more, the 110 graduating students have made many lasting memories and built valuable friendships throughout their high school years.
She said it’s been a pleasure watching the students grow into capable and caring young adults and she knows they are more than ready to move on to the next stage of their lives.
“I feel confident you are ready to leave the ‘little school on the marsh.’ You are headed for great adventures,” said Lafford. “Although nobody knows exactly what lies ahead or where your choices will lead you ... I do know, however, you will each leave your own distinct mark on the world.”
Lafford paid tribute to Chad Alder, a student who was killed in a car accident in 2015 and would have been a member of the Class of 2017, with a moment of silence during the ceremony.
“Chad will forever have a special place in our hearts and his smile will never be forgotten,” she said.
More than $182,000 in scholarships and bursaries were handed out during the ceremony, as well as a number of other prestigious awards.
Tantramar Regional High School’s valedictorian Max Beaver shares some words of wisdom with his classmates during their graduation ceremony at Convocation Hall on Saturday morning. Sharing the stage with Beaver during the ceremony was, left to right, vice-principal Karlene Milson, TRHS principal Susan Lafford, guidance counsellor Mark Bohan, teacher Candace Hardy, district superintendant Gregg Ingersoll and guest speaker and CBC’S host of Information Morning Jonna Brewer.