Prin­ci­pal wraps up five-year stint at GDHS

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BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON

News Staff When Guy Lamarche looks back at the 2014-15 school year at Glen­garry Dis­trict High School, he sees ten months of ac­col­lades that serve as a fit­ting end to his five-year ten­ure at the Alexandria-based learn­ing in­sti­tu­tion.

“We try to have a well-rounded op­por­tu­nity for all the stu­dents,” he says, which ex­plains why GDHS en­joyed so much suc­cess in the arts, ath­let­ics, and aca­demics. Some high­lights: - High School Mu­si­cal, GDHS’s high school mu­si­cal, that took the school by storm this spring. It was a big cast and a big crew and was a truly feel good ex­pe­ri­ence.

- GDHS be­gan of­fer­ing a health and well­ness schism as part of its spe­cial­ist high school ma­jors.

Mr. Lamarche says the schism of­fers a more pre­scribed path­way for stu­dents who want to en­ter the med­i­cal field or any other jobs in health and well­ness.

The school also of­fers a trans­porta­tion schism.

- Ath­let­ics: When it comes to sports, Mr. Lamarche says there were two ma­jor coups for the school this year. One was GDHS’s first place fin­ish in SDG”s cross-coun­try cham­pi­onship this year. The other was the se­nior girls’ soc­cer team win­ning the gold medal at the OFFSA soc­cer tour­na­ment. The boys team also com­peted in the com­pe­ti­tion but lost in the fi­nals.

- So­cial ac­tiv­i­ties: About 20 stu­dents trav­elled to Ot­tawa to par­tic­i­pate in a We Day event at the Cana­dian Tire Cen­tre. Mr. Lamarche, who at­tended along with his stu­dents, says it was a great at­mos­phere with lots of guest speak­ers who en­cour­aged young peo­ple to make a dif­fer­ence.

More re­cently, GDHS or­ga­nized a post-sec­ondary work­shop for its Grade 12 stu­dents to help them men­tally pre­pare to leave home so they can live on their own.

There was also a seminar on debt man­age­ment and a panel of for­mer Glen­garry Dis­trict High School stu­dents who came back to talk about the chal­lenges they faced.

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