Students at Ponoka Secondary Campus (PSC) were recognized for high academic achievement during a special banquet.
Held Oct. 26, the event acknowledges academic as well as community achievement, explained Wendy Fessler, academic and career advisor. Along with the academic portion there are also awards for volunteerism and trades.
Over the years, said Fessler, the awards have grown with more students there to accept their awards. Part of that is due to the change of format to a banquet evening.
“It gives them a chance to celebrate with their family,” said Fessler.
She added her thanks to the many award sponsors, as they are the ones who ensure the banquet goes well.
For assistant principal Kathy McTaggart she is most proud of the effort to attain these awards. Students’ continuous effort to keep high grades is something that helps them along the way.
“These awards allow our students to have some of the costs of post secondary come right off the top. (It is) such a bonus for parents and students as they start into a degree or trade that can go up to seven or eight years in some cases,” said McTaggart.
Along with the hard work and dedication of students and their parents, there is also a strong group of teachers and support staff working to help students reach their goal. “PSC supports all our students with countless hours of preparation, study skills, extra curricular and encouragement.”
“As the saying goes ‘It takes a community to raise a child,’ and this is true in the case of awards too. Parents, teachers, friends, co-workers and community supports all contribute to the success of our students,” she added.
McTaggart suggests being part of this community is creating such a strong support for students is something to be proud of.
Earlier in the morning the school also recognized the Grade 7 and 8 students for their accomplishments. Among the awards for both events included academic honours.