Outreach School grads honoured at banquet

Graduates at Ponoka Outreach School had their chance to shine during a recognition banquet held Thursday, May 19.

Outreach School graduates Adrianna Both and Emily Gartner toast family and friends Thursday

Graduates at Ponoka Outreach School had their chance to shine during a recognition banquet held Thursday, May 19.

A total of 26 graduates were honoured with 21 able to attend the banquet, which included toasts and speeches from dignitaries. Assistant principal Rob Pearn was the MC of the evening and he praised students’ dedication to complete their work.

“Some of the journeys have been rough. Some of the journeys have been long, but to the graduates, I say ‘You made it’,” said Pearn.

Wolf Creek Public Schools Trustee Lorrie Jess said the hard work of family and students should be acknowledged. Acting superintendent Jayson Lovell took time to recognize teachers and principal Scott Lewis.

“This is an unbelievably dedicated group of teachers,” said Lovell.

He suggested that while no path comes without sacrifices, this group of students made it to the end. For Lewis, after 10 years of being at the school he is stepping down as principal to jump back into a teaching role. “Mr. Lewis has made significant contributions,” stated Lovell simply.

Students Adrianna Both and Emily Gartner took some time to honour parents and family for their help. “You made sure we were our best in everything,” said Both.

For Gartner seeing strong support from parents while students took part in sports and plays and other activities also helped them through the school years.

“Even though we were challenging at times, you never lost faith in us,” said Gartner.

“We love you with all our hearts and souls,” she added.

A special toast to teachers was made by Kierra Saddleback, who thanked educators for giving students opportunities to succeed in school. “The educators here have also played a huge part in my life than any other school.”

The teachers’ response was made by humanities teacher Johnathan MacEachern who praised students for having a “contagious sense of hope.”

“We have the highest hope for all of you and we trust that the future is in good hands,” added MacEachern.

The evening closed out with a presentation to graduates and a ceremonial round dance and singing.

 

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