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Vimy Ridge April 9-12 1917

On Sun­day, April 9 the Cana­dian flags in Drumheller will fly at half-mast from sun­rise to sun­set com­mem­o­rat­ing the 100th An­niver­sary of Canada’s vic­tory and losses in France dur­ing World War I.


Dynos Cheer team head­ing to Provin­cials.


April 5, 1876. Fort Cal­gary’s name is ap­proved by an Or­der in Coun­cil.


April is Autism Aware­ness Month.


April 5, 1908. First dial tele­phones in Canada for gen­eral use. Put into ser­vice in Ed­mon­ton.

Af­ter tak­ing home the sil­ver ban­ner at the Stam­pede City Show­down hosted by Mount Royal Univer­sity, the team dis­cov­ered they were mov­ing on to com­pete at provin­cials along­side 20 other teams.

“It’s amaz­ing be­cause our girls started out not plac­ing at any com­pe­ti­tions but in the mat­ter of three weeks they were plac­ing sec­ond and third,” said coach Mar­quita McNe­ice.

The big­gest chal­lenge the team faced was dur­ing the recruitment phase as it was dif­fi­cult to find girls to com­mit to join.

Both coaches McNe­ice and Lori Coultes agreed the level of ded­i­ca­tion the girls ex­hibit is be­yond com­par­i­son since they have now com­mit­ted to the team.

“Be­fore they joined, they had no self-con­fi­dence but now they are taken se­ri­ously at school,” said McNe­ice. “Whether they are sick or very in­jured, they still show up to prac­tice re­gard­less.”

The girls are in grades seven and eight but can also re­cruit in grade nine.

The coaches feel con­fi­dent the girls will train hard and be a strong com­pe­ti­tion at fi­nals with only nine prac­tices left.

They wish to work on their tum­bling to get in sync and add more lev­els of dif­fi­culty to their stunt­ing.

“We go into each com­pe­ti­tion with the un­der­stand­ing that we might not get first but we are never go­ing to be last,” said McNe­ice.

“They’re go­ing to be a force to be reck­oned with.”


DVSS girls show off their sec­ond place ban­ner at the Stam­pede City Show­down com­pe­ti­tion hosted by Mount Royal Univer­sity on Satur­day, March 18.

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