Students at St. Augustine Catholic School celebrated a year of academic and community service accomplishments Saturday, Oct. 18.
Principal Curt Baron told attendees he was proud of the efforts, not only of students, but also of parents and family members helping youths accomplish their goals. “This was a culmination of many years of hard work.”
“Your support of our school makes all of this possible,” he added.
This is Baron’s third awards day since taking over at St. Augustine and he enjoys seeing such a large number of attendees.
“It’s exciting to see the kids’ faces and their years of hard work have paid off,” said Baron.
There were a large number of students recognized for accomplishments with the Rutherford Scholarships, academic excellence and in athletic achievements in all grades and there were also many individuals recognized for their efforts. Individuals also received awards from local associations such as the Ponoka Legion and the IODE as well as local businesses.
He feels that while there is a strong showing of academic achievements, other awards relate to community service and leadership. “They’re really well-rounded kids and there’s citizenship. There’s all kinds of awards here today.”
Baron said he is proud of the dedication of his students.
“I think every year always gets a little better and hopefully a little bit bigger. We’re always looking for sponsors in the community,” he added.
Also in attendance was superintendent Troy Davies of the St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Schools. He thanked students for their efforts in bringing the school to the forefront. “Today’s a chance to enjoy the spotlight.”
School trustee Dan Svitich commended the students for their dedication and wished them continued success in their academic and community efforts. “These hard-working students have excelled in their studies,” said Svitich.
Also in attendance was former trustee Maria Lentz; Lacombe-Ponoka MLA Rod Fox, who presented the Premier’s Citizenship Award and Wetaskiwin MP Blaine Calkins, who presented the Governor General’s Medal.