Heart’s De­sire stu­dent cleans house

Cres­cent Col­le­giate hon­ours grad­u­ates of 2014-15

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - BY MELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

It was an ex­cit­ing night for Shae-Lynn La­hey of Heart’s De­sire at the Cres­cent Col­le­giate an­nual awards cer­e­mony.

The 18-year-old science stu­dent at Me­mo­rial Univer­sity knew she’d walk home with a few of the night’s top mark awards, but she had no idea two of the big­gest awards would have her name on them.

The Gov­er­nor Gen­eral’s Aca­demic Medal, given to the stu­dent that achieves the high­est aca­demic av­er­age in all Grade 11 and 12 cour­ses, is one of the most pres­ti­gious awards given to grad­u­ates. Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Dale Kirby was there to present her the medal on Mon­day, Dec. 21.

It may have been the most pres­ti­gious award of the night, but for La­hey, there was one that was more sur­pris­ing.

“I didn’t ex­pect to get

the Mu­si­cian of the Year award,” she said.

La­hey plays bass gui­tar, an in­stru­ment not found in many high school mu­sic classes. She also used to sing with the choir.

She re­ceived 12 awards, in­clud­ing three pre­vi­ously awarded ones, nu­mer­ous high­est av­er­age awards and a schol­ar­ship for her con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity. She has an over­all av­er­age of 96 per cent on her tran­scripts.

When asked how they felt about the awards, her par­ents were over­whelmed.

“Proud, very proud,” mom Jackie La­hey said, hold­ing back tears of joy.

Her dad Shawn La­hey couldn’t stop smil­ing. He said he was very ex­cited for his daugh­ter’s hard work.

In the com­ing years, La­hey hopes to com­plete her Bach­e­lor of Science de­gree and go to med­i­cal school.

La­hey may have re­ceived the high­est av­er­age for Level III, but the school broke a few per­sonal records with hon­ours stu­dents.

Among them, the high­est per­cent­age of se­nior stu­dents re­ceiv­ing a diploma and the largest group of hon­ours grad­u­ates in the school’s history. Seventy-four stu­dents grad­u­ated from Cres­cent Col­le­giate for the 2014-15 school year,

With 17 stu­dents lin­ing the stage for a photo to rec­og­nize their hon­ours sta­tus, there was barely room for prin­ci­pal Michelle Chislett-La­hey.

PHOTO BY MELISSA JENK­INS/THE COM­PASS

Shae-Lynn La­hey (cen­tre) holds her Gov­er­nor Gen­eral’s award, the most pres­ti­gious award for a high school graduate to re­cieve. Her proud par­ents, Jackie (left) and Shawn hold her other awards re­cieved at the Cres­cent Col­le­giate awards night.

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