Emo­tional day as stu­dents bid farewell

King’s-Edge­hill School grad­u­ates re­ceive $1 mil­lion-plus in schol­ar­ships

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King’s-Edge­hill School stu­dents had picture-per­fect weather for both their prom and grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies this month.

The pri­vate school, lo­cated in Wind­sor, saw more than 80 stu­dents grad­u­ate from Grade 12 on June 16, with stu­dents com­ing from all over the world.

The morn­ing started with a church ser­vice for Grade 12 stu­dents and their par­ents.

The prize giv­ing day then com­menced, with Ni­cola du Toit, a Grade 11 stu­dent, pip­ing in the aca­demic pro­ces­sion; O Canada be­ing sung by Grade 11 stu­dent Joanna Bond with Grade 8 stu­dent Will Ah­ern pro­vid­ing pi­ano ac­com­pa­ni­ment.

Stu­dents in Grades 7-11 re­ceived in­di­vid­ual recog­ni­tion on pass­ing the year, and were pre­sented with var­i­ous pins, ties and awards.

The Grade 12 class then took the spot­light.

“It was a bit emo­tional. It hadn’t quite set in yet,” said Mered­ith Cham­bers, who hails from Fal­mouth.

Cham­bers was the head girl for 2018 and, along with head boy Ar­turo Ramirez, pro­vided the vale­dic­to­rian ad­dress dur­ing the cer­e­mony.

“It is quite dif­fer­ent at our school be­cause there are a lot of peo­ple that are in­ter­na­tional that you might never see again. You make friends from all over the world,” said Cham­bers.

Thanks to tech­nol­ogy be­ing the way it is, she hopes those friend­ships will be long-last­ing.

Grad­u­ates re­ceived more than $1 mil­lion in avail­able uni­ver­sity and col­lege schol­ar­ships from post-sec­ondary in­sti­tutes lo­cated across Canada and be­yond.

Cham­bers is headed to McGill Uni­ver­sity in the fall to pur­sue nurs­ing. She said stu­dents en­ter­ing Grade 12 in the fall should keep an open mind when se­lect­ing cour­ses and ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Keep your op­tions open be­cause it’s a very for­ma­tive time and the de­ci­sions that you make

and 11 — Ja­cob Hunt

• The Bran­don Smith Schol­ar­ship, awarded to a stu­dent who thinks be­yond them­selves —

Ju­lia Strickey

• The (King’s) De­bat­ing Gavel, ini­tially cre­ated in 1975, is pre­sented to the most val­ued mem­ber of the de­bat­ing so­ci­ety — Ri­ley Coe

• Don­ald Mor­ris De­bat­ing Prize, a sil­ver tray stays at the school while a sil­ver ring is pre­sented to the re­cip­i­ent — Liam Bon­ner

• Rens­se­laer Medal, awarded for out­stand­ing aca­demic achieve­ment in the study of math­e­mat­ics and science — Venus Hong

• Ferrabee Medal, awarded to the stu­dent with the high­est aca­demic av­er­age in the Se­nior School (Grade 10, 11, or 12) — Ella Brown

• The Gover­nor Gen­eral’s Aca­demic Medal, es­tab­lished in 1873, rec­og­nizes stu­dents who have are im­por­tant,” said Cham­bers in a phone in­ter­view.

“I know a lot of peo­ple change their minds through­out the year and that’s OK,” she con­tin­ued.

“Just do what you’re in­ter­ested in and what you can see your­self do­ing and not just fol­low­ing friends.”

Nick Chev­erie and Ju­lia Strickey were named the 2018-2019 head boy and head girl. achieved the high­est aca­demic av­er­age, to be pre­sented on be­half of the Gover­nor Gen­eral of Canada — Denny Du

• Hus­ton Prize, awarded to the girl who ex­em­pli­fies the high­est qual­i­ties of char­ac­ter and per­son­al­ity — Ella Jol­ly­more

• The Fideliter Prize, awarded by the Old Girls to a girl of out­stand­ing qual­i­ties cho­sen by the girls with the ap­proval of the staff — Mered­ith Cham­bers

• The Gold Star, awarded to a lifer, some­one who has been in the school from Grades 7-12 — Koro­los Sawires

• Queen Elizabeth II Medal — awarded to a Grade 12 stu­dent who demon­strated su­pe­rior aca­demic achieve­ment in Grades 10, 11, and 12 and main­tained an out­stand­ing record in school and com­mu­nity

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Han­nah Brown, from Tan­tallon, and Han­nah Bene­dict, from Fal­mouth, were prom-ready June 15.

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Grad­u­at­ing stu­dents Vaish So­masekaran, of Wind­sor, and Mered­ith Cham­bers, of Fal­mouth, were all smiles as the pre-prom cel­e­bra­tions started June 15.

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Grade 11 King’s-Edge­hill School stu­dents Lind­say Ho­gan, of Wolfville, Mae Bather­son, of New Mi­nas, and Kyra Jarvis, of Kingston, were all smiles as they got ready to at­tend the school’s prom.

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Lea Ma­cLeod, of Dart­mouth, and Ava Bene­dict, of Fal­mouth, play­fully pose for the cam­eras June 15.

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Grade 11 stu­dent Becky Cas­tro Mon­tague, from Illi­nois, pins a bou­ton­niere on her prom date Ge­orge Joyce, from On­tario, who was grad­u­at­ing from KES this year.

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