61-year-old grad­u­ates with DVSS class of 2016

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Al­lie Ruck­man

Ken Bri­ault, a 61-year-old res­i­dent of Drumh­ller, has ac­com­plished a lot in his life­time, and he added an­other one Satur­day.

He had at­tended Red Deer Col­lege for Busi­ness Educ­tion, ma­jor­ing in mar­ket­ing, re­ceived a jour­ney­man ticket, and has been an ac­tive part of the com­mu­nity through the Drumheller Ro­tary Club.

There was one thing miss­ing from his great track record. That was English 30, pre­vent­ing him from re­ceiv­ing a high school diploma.

Bri­ault, want­ing to fill that miss­ing link, set out to challenge his English 30 diploma. He rewrote the test and passed with an 83%.

“It was fan­tas­tic. I have been want­ing to do it for a long time and it was great to fi­nally com­plete it,” says Bri­ault.”

Bri­ault walked down in his cap and gown on Satur­day, May 28, with the other 2016 grad­u­ates of DVSS.

“The kids ac­cepted me into their class, and quite a few of them con­grat­u­lated me. It was nice to present the Peter Ban­croft award also in my cap and gown. It was over­all a re­ally great ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Bri­ault says he was sur­prised how easy it was to challenge the diploma.

“As easy as it was to get it done, I was ner­vous be­cause I had not been in school so long. I thank God for (DVSS teacher) Lynn Hem­ming. She gave me books, pre­vi­ous essays and all the tools I would need to pre­pare for when I wrote the test.”

Bri­ault re­ceived his diploma with friends and fam­ily watch­ing at the cer­e­mony held at the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity.

“My ad­vice to any­one who would like to do the same thing, is to stop wait­ing and just do it," he said.

mailphoto by Al­lie Ruck­man

Ken Bri­ault, 61-year-old DVSS grad­u­ate of 2016 presents the Peter Ban­croft award to fel­low grad­u­ate Karis Hilchey. Bri­ault chal­lenged and rewrote his Engilsh 30 diploma, earn­ing him his high school diploma.

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