New Orleans trip tops Tagwi’s list
BY STEVEN WARBURTON
News Staff Ask Tagwi principal Geoff Trasuk to tell you about what made 2015-16 such a memorable year for Tagwi Secondary School and the first thing that will spring to his mind will be the sending 50 kids to New Orleans in November to build homes on behalf of Habitat for Humanity.
“It’s a longstanding tradition here at Tagwi,” explains Mr. Trasuk. “The students were down there for nine days and we sent out two groups to different workplaces.”
He says the work was needed as the city is still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
To continue in this altruistic vein, about 80 Tagwi students – everyone from Grades 7-12 – attended We Day festivities in Ottawa, an annual youth empowerment event that encourages young people to take action on local and global issues.
“The kids realized the power they had and it helped them develop some community spirit,” Mr. Trasuk said.
Although it was a great year socially, the principal admits that it wasn’t the best year for athletics. There was no football this year – the team took a one-year hiatus – but the school still managed to send two of its students to the OFSAA track and field championships in Windsor – Morgan Kane competed in the junior boys shot put while Alex Small competed in the junior boys discus.
Also, one of Tagwi’s midget boys volleyball team won the local championship.
Artistically, the school had an active improv team and a student council that organized a number of dances and pep rallies.
And of course there’s the annual Tagwipalooza, a fun outdoor fun day where the students can take advantage of bouncy castles, dunk tanks and all sorts of other activities.
About a dozen students even enjoyed some fun overseas over March break, when the school took a trip to Europe. They visited Ireland, Scotland, and England, though most of the students said Ireland was their favourite.
And how’s this for good luck? There wasn’t one day of rain throughout the entire trip.
Mr. Trasuk says that mentoring is a big part of the Tagwi experience. The school runs something called the WEB program – an acronym for Where Everyone Belongs – where Grade 10 students can mentor students in Grade 7.
There’s another program called LINK, where the Grade 9 students can get mentored by students in Grades 11 and 12.