‘Make your dreams a re­al­ity’

Nearly $400,000 in schol­ar­ships, awards handed out to North­east Kings Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre grad­u­ates

Valley Journal Advertiser - - GRADUATION - BY JEN­NIFER VARDY LIT­TLE KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA Jen­nifer.Lit­tle@kingscountynews.ca

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.

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