Schol­ar­ship fundrais­ing goal ex­ceeded

Over $80,000 will go to­wards the fu­tures of Lewis­porte Col­le­giate grad­u­ates

The Pilot - - Front Page - BY KAREN WELLS kwells@pi­lotnl.ca

While the Lewis­porte Col­le­giate Schol­ar­ship Fundrais­ing Com­mit­tee goal was $25,000, the end re­sult to the gala/din­ner Satur­day evening was a to­tal in ex­cess of $80,000.

Busi­ness and in­di­vid­u­als stepped up to show their sup­port for this new ini­tia­tive that will see schol­ar­ships awarded to qual­i­fy­ing stu­dents as they grad­u­ate from Lewis­porte Col­le­giate. The to­tal in­cludes funds of around $15,000 from the Ryan Hol­loway Fund.

Col­le­giate school coun­sel­lor and com­mit­tee lia­sion Angie Wil­mott noted that Lewis­porte Col­le­giate, with a stu­dent pop­u­la­tion of 270, in­cludes stu­dents noted the sense of com­mu­nity ex­tends be­yond Lewis­porte on this ini­tia­tive as peo­ple show their sup­port.

While it may be con­sid­ered a ru­ral school, Lewis­porte Col­le­giate of­fers a full cur­ricu­lum and many ac­tiv­i­ties for stu­dents to be in­volved in such as an award-win­ning mu­sic pro­gram and var­sity sports.

Col­le­giate prin­ci­pal Krista Freake, who was not in at­ten­dance as she was coach­ing a vol­ley­ball team this past week­end, praised the school and its stu­dents.

“Lewis­porte Col­le­giate prides it­self on high aca­demic achieve­ment,” Freake noted in a state­ment she pro­vided. “Lewis­porte Col­le­giate grad­u­ated nearly 50 per cent of stu­dents with hon­ours over the past two years, mak­ing it the high­est achiev­ing high school in the prov­ince by 13 per cent last year.

“We are proud to sup­port our stu­dent pop­u­la­tion in pushing them to reach their po­ten­tial, to chal­lenge them­selves and to ex­plore the var­i­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able to them here and out­side of our com­mu­nity,” not­ing that ef­forts like those of the Schol­ar­ship Com­mit­tee will help in mak­ing that pos­si­ble.

Guest speaker Gen­eral Rick Hil­lier (Re­tired), was the guest speaker for the evening. The Camp­bell­ton na­tive spoke on the peo­ple who have in­spired him over the years in his mil­i­tary ca­reer (see the Pi­lot Nov. 8 edi­tion for more on this and why Hil­lier en­cour­ages peo­ple to take part in Nov. 11 cer­e­monies). He noted that the peo­ple sup­port­ing the schol­ar­ship fund can in­spire fu­ture grad­u­ates, and that the fi­nan­cial sup­port they offer to­day will be im­por­tant to these youth in pur­su­ing their fu­ture goals, “so they can go out and change the world.”

KAREN WELLS/THE PI­LOT

Lewis­porte Col­le­giate Schol­ar­ship Fundrais­ing Com­mit­tee gala guest speaker Gen­eral Rick Hil­lier (Re­tired).

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