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.

 

Just Posted

Ponoka RCMP arrest male with stolen vehicle and property

Christopher Hannah makes his first court appearance Oct. 25 in Ponoka

Bantam Broncs fall hard in Stettler

Team shutout by league’s top team

Red Deer-Lacombe candidate “thrilled” voters loved People’s Party of Canada platform

Laura-Lynn Thompson attended a results party at Sylvan Lake Golf and Country Club on Oct. 21

Blaine Calkins takes the seat for Red-Deer Lacombe

With 50 per cent of the riding counted, Calkins has over 21,000 votes

Trudeau has won the most seats — but not a majority. What happens next?

Trudeau will have to deal with some of the implications of Monday’s result

Raptors Bling: NBA champions receive their rings in pre-game ceremony

There are over 650 diamonds — at a weight of 14 carats — in the 14-karat yellow gold ring

Trudeau: Climate and pipeline are priorities after election

Newly re-elected Trudeau wants to build the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion quickly

Mounties charge four people after protest at Alberta turkey farm

Three adults and 16-year-old girl charged with break and enter to commit mischief

15 Canadian youths to sue Ottawa for not acting on climate change

They say young people will be more affected than other groups

Alberta’s oilsands carbon liability at centre of closely watched New York fraud lawsuit

Exxon Mobil accused of misrepresenting the risks the operations face as governments move to fight climate change

‘Havoc and chaos:’ Alberta separatist group gains support as Liberals re-elected

The idea is getting interest from people in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and parts of British Columbia

In the news: Wexit, Brexit and Trump sparks outrage

There’s been a surge of support for an Alberta separatist group

Alberta man admits to killing sometimes girlfriend; reported death to police

Clifton James Spotted Eagle was charged with second-degree murder

Most Read