Lt. Gover­nor Vis­its Iona to Rec­og­nize CB Stu­dents

The Victoria Standard - - Local News - CHAR­LOTTE VAN DOMMELEN

May 18th marked the an­nual pre­sen­ta­tion of the Lieu­tenant Gover­nor’s Ed­u­ca­tion Medals for six­teen de­serv­ing grade eleven stu­dents from across the Cape Bre­ton-vic­to­ria Re­gional School Board. Medals are awarded to one male and one fe­male stu­dent from each high school based upon their aca­demic mas­tery as well as their com­mu­nity and school in­volve­ment.

This year's cer­e­mony took place at Iona’s Rankin School of the Nar­rows with His Honour Bri­gadier-gen­eral, The Honourable J.J. Grant, Lieu­tenant Gover­nor of Nova Sco­tia in at­ten­dance. Other spe­cial guests in­cluded School Board and De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fi­cials; Ad­min­is­tra­tive As­sis­tant, Heather Pa­quet; a num­ber of lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Rep­re­sen­ta­tives; Aide-de-camp, Cst. Barry Best; Prin­ci­pal of Rankin School of the Nar­rows, Theresa Mac­neil; Rankin’s Stu­dent Coun­cil Co-pres­i­dents Mag­gie Mac­neil and Hannah Mac­neil and Parish Priest, Father Paul Ab­bass. Proud par­ents and guardians of the event’s rec­og­nized stu­dents were also on hand to wit­ness the honourable pre­sen­ta­tion of awards.

As the cer­e­mony opened, the spirit of Iona was alive and well, with a ser­e­nade of bag­pipes per­formed by ex­pe­ri­enced piper and Gaelic teacher, Mr. Keith Macdon­ald; who, along with Gaelic Teacher, Ms. Samantha Mackin­non lead the Rankin School of the Nar­rows stu­dent choir and ac­com­pa­nists, Stephanie Macdon­ald and Mag­gie Mac­neil, in var­i­ous mu­si­cal num­bers through­out the cer­e­mony. In­clud­ing a beau­ti­ful ren­di­tion of “Oh Canada” sung in English, Gaelic, Mi'kmaq and French, Cape Bre­ton’s four na­tive lan­guages.

Those who at­tended the event were treated to a gen­uine Milling Frolic, demon­strated by Rankin’s Gaelic stu­dents, ac­com­pa­nied by lo­cal Gaelic Tra­di­tion Bear­ers, Rod C. Mac­neil and Mickey Mac­neil. Rankin stu­dents Bren­ley Gil­lis, Katherine Macdon­ald and Andy Macmil­lan of­fered up a brilliant dis­play of tra­di­tional Scot­tish step danc­ing in honour of the day's events.

Act­ing Di­rec­tor of Pro­grams and Stu­dent Ser­vices for the CBVRSB, Cathy Viva was on hand to as­sist with the pre­sen­ta­tion of medals. Ms. Viva ex­plained that it was her first time be­ing in­volved in the cer­e­mony. When asked for com­ments on the day she hap­pily stated that, “what they (the stu­dents) do and what they are rec­og­nized for is the re­ally amaz­ing part of the day”, also adding that read­ing bi­ogra­phies of each rec­og­nized stu­dent, “makes her just so of proud to be an ed­u­ca­tor in our sys­tem”.

The 2016 CBVRSB Lieu­tenant Gover­nor Ed­u­ca­tion Medal re­cip­i­ents are pic­tured here with His Honour Bri­gadier-gen­eral The Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret’d) Lieu­tenant Gover­nor of Nova Sco­tia. Medals were awarded dur­ing a cer­e­mony on Wed­nes­day, May 18th at Rankin School of the Nar­rows.

Back Row (L-R): Brac­ton Saul (Bad­deck Academy), Jar­rett Miller (Bre­ton Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre), Brenin Macdon­ald (Cabot Jr./ Sr. High), Ro­hit Kochhar (Syd­ney Academy), Ailig Gil­lis (Rankin School of the Nar­rows), Kate­lyn Lib­bus (Riverview High), Ben­jamin Kelly (Me­mo­rial High School), Andrew Macin­nis (Glace Bay High), Mag­gie Marston-berk (Bad­deck Academy) and Cameron Evans (Me­mo­rial High)

Front Row (L-R): Je­nacy Samways (Cabot Jr./sr. High), Jas­mine Se­bas­tian (Bre­ton Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter), Lo­gan Don Maclel­lan (Rankin School of the Nar­rows), Front Cen­ter: His Honour Bri­gadier-gen­eral The Honourable J.J. Grant Lieu­tenant Gover­nor of Nova Sco­tia, Con­nor Poirier (Riverview High), Mary Jane Ri­p­ley (Syd­ney Academy) and Katherine Breen (Glace Bay High)

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