Members of the community gathered at the Ermineskin Junior Senior High School for an awards celebration honouring many different aspects of students that contribute to a positive school and place to live. The ceremony was held on Thursday, May 28.
The award categories included most improved, academic awards, attendance, CTS class awards, physical education, Cree heritage athletics and the prestigious Jim Bowles Award for English Studies.
Principal Keith Macquarie says Jim Bowles was a longstanding staff member of the school and advocate for youth literacy. “He was just an incredible person and this award is dedicated to him.”
Macquarie explained the awards are given to students who put in the hard work to improve themselves. “Student leaders, student athletes and students who are definitely aware of their culture,” he explained.
The main purpose of the awards evening is to recognize the students who embody the mission and vision of the school and school board.
Students are looked to have a strong understanding of Maskwacis history and the Cree culture. Education is meant to continually teach the students so they will be ready to enter the workforce as caring Cree people ready to positively shape the world, their community and themselves.
More than 30 students received awards over the course of the evening. “We’re definitely on the right direction of success,” said Macquarie.
“Another big part of our success is our staff,” he added. “They’re second to none.”