Last Stan­dard School class grad­u­ates

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Al­lie Ruck­man

Many say that when one door closes, an­other one opens. This is true for Stan­dard School which will be hold­ing their last grad­u­at­ing cer­e­mony on Fri­day, May 27.

Stan­dard School is clos­ing their doors to pre­pare to send their stu­dents to the new Wheat­land Cross­ing School that is open­ing next school year. This new school will house stu­dents in grades K-12 from across the county with im­proved fa­cil­i­ties and equip­ment.

Stan­dard School has been a cen­tral hub to many since its early be­gin­nings in 1959. Stu­dents from sur­round­ing ar­eas such as Rock­y­ford and Hus­sar have at­tended Stan­dard School for their ed­u­ca­tion.

The small town pop­u­la­tion has re­sulted in small classes which have made strong con­nec­tions be­tween class­mates.

For­mer grad of 1961 and teacher of Stan­dard School for 20 years, Alan Bragg, re­flects on his time as a grad­u­at­ing stu­dent, “We used to have a rule that no one was al­lowed to talk about grad un­til se­cond se­mes­ter be­cause that was all any­one would ever talk about.”

Bragg also men­tions the up- side of hav­ing a small pop­u­la­tion.

“I am very proud of at­tend- ing Stan­dard. We try and make the best out of our small classes. You re­ally get to know each other. There are prob­a­bly stu­dents grad­u­at­ing this year who­have been to­gether since

they were in kinder­garten. That is a very unique sit­u­a­tion.”

Bragg hopes that the new school will work out for ev­ery­one in­volved.

The grad­u­at­ing class is not dwelling on the fact that they are the last to grad­u­ate from Stan­dard School. Ac­cord­ing to grad co­or­di­na­tor, Tiffany Phillips, "The stu­dents are treat­ing it like a nor­mal grad year. The stu­dents next year will all still be grad­u­at­ing to­gether.”

Wheat­land Cross­ing School will of­fer more op­por­tu­ni­ties and equip­ment for stu­dents.

Vale­dic­to­rian of Stan­dard School 2016, Ca­trin Thomas says, "It is kind of sad to be leav­ing be­cause I grew up there but the new kids are go­ing to get to use all the new tech­nol­ogy. I have to ad­mit, I am a lit­tle jeal­ous.”

Wheat­land Cross­ing is also go­ing to be hous­ing a lot more stu­dents from the sur­round­ing area.

“I am very ex­cited to go to the new school. I am most ex­cited about us­ing all the new tech­nol­ogy and meet­ing all of the new kids com­ing from dif­fer­ent places,” says cur­rent Grade 11 stu­dent Eri­caLynn Sk­ib­sted.

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The Stan­dard School grad­u­at­ing class of 2016 is ex­cited for the fu­ture as their last school year comes to an end. Pic­tured from left are: (back) Cole Mc­Cal­lum, Cale Kathol, Ma­son Zakari­asen, (mid­dle) Corbin Lussier, Gabriel Love, Dustin Wolfs, Jack Sher­man, (front) Ma­caila LeBlanc, Dakota Garv­inRoper, Kyra Cor­biell, Ca­trin Thomas, Re­bekah Schalin, and Kennedy Adam­son.

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