As­cen­sion cel­e­brates an­other grad­u­at­ing class

The Compass - - SPORTS - PHOTOS AND TEXT BY NICHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­

The lat­est grad­u­at­ing class of As­cen­sion Col­le­giate in Bay Roberts took their turn walk­ing across the stage on May 13.

Un­daunted by the su­per­sti­tion sur­round­ing Fri­day the 13th, grad­u­ates got dolled up — with some us­ing the Great Gatsby theme as in­spi­ra­tion — and cel­e­brated the up­com­ing con­clu­sion to their high school ca­reers.

There were thank yous de­liv­ered to teach­ers, par­ents and fel­low grad­u­ates from a va­ri­ety of speak­ers. In what could be the first time in the school’s history, As­cen­sion had co-vale­dic­to­ri­ans.

Gen­er­ally cho­sen based on grade av­er­age, this year’s pair — Brady Ryan and Macken­zie Collins — each posted an av­er­age of 99.2 per cent.

As al­ways, there were tears, laughs and some tall tales told be­tween grad­u­ates and par­ents as they re­counted the years they’ve spent to­gether.

The Com­pass was there and cap­tured these im­ages.

Co-Vale­dic­to­rian Brady Ryan (left) and his date April Squires were all smiles ahead of the grand march.

Sarah Knight and Liam Daw­son took full ad­van­tage of this prop de­signed af­ter a Packard Twelve Coupe.

Grad­u­a­tion is about cel­e­brat­ing with life­long school­mates. There were a cou­ple amongst this group who have been to­gether for years. They are, from left, Sean Crane, Joey Hutch­ings, Travis Collins, Hai­ley Car­a­van, Chad Mercer, Tyler Lun­dri­gan and Allie Clarke.

Grad­u­ates Jor­dan Keefe and Shauna Bur­ton pause for a photo dur­ing the grand march.

Grad­u­ates, from left, Kyle Power, Justin Hussey, Jeremy Pen­ney and Rob­bie But­ler were all smiles.

Grad­u­ates Sarah Cross and Noah Wil­son pose be­hind a gi­ant ‘2016’ sign.

Joey Hutch­ings and Sarah Cross were named the school’s prom king and queen.

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