Lt. Governor Visits Iona to Recognize CB Students
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)