SOS showed GDHS’s spirit

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If you ask Glen­garry District High School prin­ci­pal Tr­ish Brown what she re­mem­bers most about the past school year, she’ll tell you that it was the com­mu­nity’s band­ing to­gether over the Save Our School ini­tia­tive.

The Up­per Canada District School Board was tasked with re­duc­ing a num­ber of class­room spa­ces, which meant that some schools would even­tu­ally be closed. After the com­mu­nity heard that GDHS was one school that might be af­fected, the com­mu­nity leapt into ac­tion.

“There was a real sense of pride and own­er­ship,” Ms. Brown says. “That’s be­cause GD is a great place to be.”

On­tario Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Mitzie Hunter also vis­ited GD this year, which wound up be­ing a “re­ally big charge” for the stu­dents. Even Ms. Brown ad­mits to be­ing a lit­tle starstruck. “I’ve never been able to host a Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion at my school.”

Of course, GDHS was spared from clo­sure and the stu­dents there had a pretty spec­tac­u­lar school year.

Ms. Brown re­mem­bers St. An­drew’s Day as be­ing a “huge high­light” as, tra­di­tion­ally, stu­dents have used it as a way of cel­e­brat­ing the area’s Celtic cul­ture. The school’s foods depart­ment even hosted a Celtic sup­per that week and at least 150 peo­ple at­tended.

In the spring, the depart­ment cooked up a whole lot of chili as part of the school’s coun­try hoe­down.

When it comes to ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, the school had a ban­ner year. It placed sec­ond in the St. Lawrence River In­sti­tute’s En­vi­rothon and about 40 stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in Code He­roes’ cod­ing ses­sions, where they learned com­puter skills like web­site de­sign­ing and game mak­ing.

And, of course, who could for­get Bring it On, the show­stop­ping chear­leader mu­si­cal that all but took over the school in the spring?

When it comes to sports, the school did quite well this year. GD’s ath­letes won ac­co­lades in ten­nis, cross-coun­try. Two track and field ath­letes – Kady Jeau­rond and Jayme McPher­son qual­i­fied for OFFSA in 200 me­tres and high jump re­spec­tively.

The ju­nior boys vol­ley­ball and bas­ket­ball teams and the se­nior girls soc­cer teams also won cham­pi­onships. GD also won se­nior mixed girls and ju­nior girls bad­minton. Two of its golfers, Ben Lowe and Sara Hay, qual­i­fied for the EOSSA tour­na­ment.

The Grade 12 out­door ed­u­ca­tion class ended the year by hik­ing in the Adiron­dacks and go­ing on an overnight camp­ing and ca­noe­ing trip. The year ended with a Fun Day – bounce cas­tles, cot­ton candy, and other ac­tivites – that brought the kid out in every­one.

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