‘Make your dreams a reality’
Nearly $400,000 in scholarships, awards handed out to Northeast Kings Education Centre graduates
Just call mighty.
Northeast Kings Education Centre celebrated the smallest class of graduates at the Canning school’s 17-year history June 27 as 126 young people crossed the stage and accepted their diplomas.
Principal Kevin Veinot noted the small size of the class, but said the impact they had on the school was unmistakable.
And it was evidenced through the number of scholarships, bursaries and awards handed out during the three-hour ceremony – the graduates received over $389,500 in prizes. them small but
The top award winner was Emma Kean, who finished high school with an overall average of 99.61 per cent – just seventenths of a per cent higher than the second-place student – and winner of the coveted Governor General’s Medal.
James Munday, meanwhile, was presented with the Queen Elizabeth Medal, the outstanding student awards were presented to James Sweet and Rosslyn Peill.
Valedictorians Paige Pearl and Patrick Allen – who were also the co-winners of the Principal’s Award – gave several examples of the impact the class of 2018 has had on NKEC over the past four years, ranging from a changed student governance structure to organizing the school’s first outside dance.
“The amount of spirit and commitment to this year is unforgettable,” said Pearl.
And, she said, the students have come a long way from the first time they saw each other at Grade 9 orientation.
Added Allen, “We have all come a long way over the last four years to become a tight-knit community. But, more importantly, we have become a family,” he said, as the students acknowledged two students from the class who had passed away.
The road to graduation has been a long one, said Allen.
“We have been there for each other through thick and thin, but now, as we walk out those doors, we are on our own. It is time to focus on our future and figure out how we’re going to make your dreams a reality,” Allen said.
Over the past few years, Pearl said, the students have become strong, independent leaders.
“When challenged with one problem, can come up with ten solutions,” she said. “It is time to come up with the change you want to see in yourself and the world around you.”
As they leave Grade 12, added Allen, they will look back at their time at NKEC fondly.
“The growth and achievements made by this class is undeniable,” he said. “The knowledge and skills we have gained is going to change the world for the better…The class of 2018 has left Northeast Kings Education Centre even better than the amazing school it was when we arrived.”
Pearl encouraged the graduates to spread their wings and take advantage of every opportunity that comes before them and live life with no regrets.
“So, take risks, forgive others, learn from your mistakes, live outside your comfort zone. Always keep moving forward and remember: a challenge is only a problem if you want it to be,” Allen added.
NKEC grads were all smiles before the ceremony June 27. From left are Shauna Forrestall, Emma Kean, Erica Lent, Mackenzie Dean, Makayla Toole and Mullen Bona.
Mullen Bona, right, receives her high school graduation diploma from her homeroom teacher Don Batstone.
(ABOVE and BELOW RIGHT) NKEC students parade into the gym for graduation ceremonies.
With an average of 99.61 per cent, Emma Kean was the recipient of the Governor General’s Medal, presented by Kings North MLA John Lohr.
NKEC grad Joseph Spinney, right, was all smiles as his mom, Aileen, helped pin his boutonniere on while his dad, Charles, looks on.
Victoria Cluff, left, Reilly Tolbert and Rebecca Mailman were part of the smallest graduating class in NKEC’s 17-year history.
Graduates clap for their friends as they receive their diplomas.
Graduate Justin Fraser, centre, receives congratulations from his aunt, Shannon Bennett, left, grandmother Jeanette Bennett, mom Marie Bennett, and sister Vanessa Fraser.
James Munday, left, is presented with the Queen Elizabeth Medal from Kentville Mayor Sandra Snow.
Rosslyn Peill is awarded the Serenity Lindsay Outstanding Student award from Tim McCreadie.