‘Work hard and aim high’

Hor­ton celebrates grad­u­ates of 2018

Valley Journal Advertiser - - COMMUNITY - BY CHRIS SAULNIER KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA Chris.Saulnier@kingscountynews.ca

Good things come in hun­dreds for Hor­ton High School stu­dents at their grad­u­a­tion — in this case, in dol­lars and av­er­ages.

Hor­ton High School cel­e­brated its grad­u­at­ing class of 2018 on June 28, where sev­eral schol­ar­ships and awards were pre­sented to many of the 210 grad­u­ates.

The largest schol­ar­ship was re­ceived by Heather McLean — a re­new­able en­trance schol­ar­ship to Wag­ner Col­lege in New York with a four- year value of ap­prox­i­mately $100,000.

One of the top award win­ners dur­ing the evening cer­e­mony was vale­dic­to­rian Douah Shak­shuki, who won sev­eral awards, in­clud­ing the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral’s Aca­demic Medal and the Hor­ton Lead­ing Stu­dent Award for at­tain­ing an Honours with Dis­tinc­tion av­er­age of 100 per cent. Shak­shuki will be at­tend­ing Aca­dia Univer­sity in the fall as part of the en­gi­neer­ing pro­gram.

As she gave her vale­dic­to­rian speech, Shak­shuski took the op­por­tu­nity to thank all of those who had taken part in the grad­u­at­ing class’ jour­ney through high school.

“Firstly, I’d like to thank the amaz­ing teachers and ad­min­is­tra­tors who have pro­vided end­less sup­port and en­cour­age­ment over the past years, in ad­di­tion to teach­ing us so many valu­able skills,” said Shak­shuki.

“Thank you to our fam­i­lies, who have pro­vided guid­ance, ad­vice, and care which have been in­te­gral in our suc­cess. And of course, thank you to the class of 2018, all our class­mates and friends who have shared their skills and tal­ents, cre­at­ing an un­for­get­table high school ex­pe­ri­ence. Thank you all so much for ev­ery­thing you’ve al­lowed me to learn from you.”

Aside from her speech, Shak­shuki had a key piece of ad­vice for the Grade 11 stu­dents who will be mov­ing up to Grade 12 next year.

“Through­out the year, you will be pre­sented with many op­por­tu­ni­ties,” said Shak­shuki. “Be sure to take ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­ni­ties and ex­pe­ri­ences that arise. Make an ef­fort to stay or­ga­nized, work hard and aim high.”

Award night

The cov­eted Cold­well Cup — an award cre­ated in con­junc­tion with the Ray L. Cold­well Memorial Schol­ar­ship, and one of Hor­ton’s most pres­ti­gious awards — was pre­sented to Meghan MacLeod, rec­og­niz­ing her as an out­stand­ing stu­dent, ath­lete, and leader and for out­stand­ing achieve­ment in the com­mu­nity.

Anya denHar­tog and Ben Nick­er­son were pre­sented with the Queen El­iz­a­beth II Medal and Hor­ton All School Mu­si­cal Show Tro­phy, re­spec­tively. Jus­tine Blatt- Jan­maat and Caleb Me­lan­son each re­ceived the D.A. Web­ber Tro­phy — awarded to a fe­male and a male stu­dent for ex­cel­lence in aca­demic sub­jects and ath­let­ics through­out their high school ca­reers.

Af­ter the pre­sen­ta­tions of awards, prin­ci­pal Brad Strokes spoke to the grad­u­ates about suc­cess — in both what they’ve achieved to get to this point in their lives, and the ac­com­plish­ments that still lie ahead of them.

He talked about the chal­lenges they’ve over­come, the de­ci­sions they’ve made, and the many ways they’ve con­trib­uted to their school, and en­cour­aged them to avoid com­pla­cency and let their en­thu­si­asm carry them to even greater things.

“I’d like to leave you with a quote that sums it up. It’s by Reggie Leach, who played in the NHL for the Philadel­phia Fly­ers in the 1970s,” said Stokes. “’Suc­cess is not the re­sult of spon­ta­neous com­bus­tion, you must set your­self on fire’.”


Hor­ton High School grad­u­ates were ea­ger to get the cer­e­mony un­der­way June 28.


Caleb Me­lan­son re­ceived the D.A. Web­ber Tro­phy pre­sented by Paul Veinotte. The tro­phy is awarded to two stu­dents — a fe­male and a male — for ex­cel­lence in aca­demic sub­jects and ath­let­ics through­out their high school ca­reers.


Douah Shak­shuki re­ceived the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral’s Aca­demic Medal, pre­sented by vice-prin­ci­pal Kevin Carver. The medal is awarded for hav­ing the high­est com­bined av­er­age for Grade 11 and 12 cour­ses. Her av­er­age was 99.8 per cent.


Hor­ton High School grad­u­ate Matthew Comeau re­ceived his diploma and honours medal from prin­ci­pal Brad Stokes.


Grad­u­ates Abbey MacEach­ern and Jena Cook, flanked by their teachers Stephanie Nagy (left) and Karuna Singh-Smith, were more than happy to pose for pho­tos at Hor­ton’s grad­u­a­tion.


Grad­u­ate Emma Ells posed with her parents.


Vale­dic­to­rian Douah Shak­shuki posed for a photo with her parents and sib­lings af­ter the cer­e­mony.


Heather MacLean was all smiles af­ter re­ceiv­ing a re­new­able en­trance schol­ar­ship, to Wag­ner Col­lege, with a four-year value of ap­prox­i­mately $100,000.


Rylee Sh­effield poses for a photo with her mother Pet­rina Cald­well.

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