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REPORTING · 11th July 2010
Walter McFarlane
The big gym at Mount Elizabeth Secondary School was packed with people on Friday, June 25th. Chairs, which were set up on the floor, were filled and the stands were flooded right up to the back wall. This was the Graduation and Vice Principal Shaun McKenna was Master of Ceremonies. Sarah Allen and Carley Carver Sang O’ Canada.

The students marched in the traditional Candlelight Procession lead by their teachers, passing the flame of knowledge on to the Grade 11 students. Sheila McInnis, Gary Mouland and John Sorenson with McKenna passed out diplomas and turned the tassels.

Once all the grads were seated, Trustee Raymond Raj addressed the grads on behalf of the board of education. He congratulated the graduates. He defined education for the grads and encouraged them to use their education for the betterment of humankind.

The next speaker was McInnis who delivered a message from the Principal. She congratulated the graduating class of 2010. She encouraged the grads to take on new challenges, told them their fear of the unknown would keep them cautious while informing their highest ambitions and to find what they truly believe in and bring about change.

“Never forget who you are and where you are from,” said McInnis.

The next speaker was a grad parent, John Sorenson, who was also a teacher at Mount Elizabeth. He reflected on the lessons the grads learned growing up and the many big steps they took on the path of life. He encouraged grads to chase their dreams, find a purpose in life and to be ready for opportunities which come up in life.

Brian Hashimoto had been chosen to speak on behalf of the Teachers. After parodying an “Old Spice” commercial, making some observations about the year 2010 and roasting the grads, he reminded the grads this was also about looking ahead and contemplating their goals.

He told them these are trying times, with the world fraught with political and social turmoil, armed conflict, the threats to the environment… and the most searched person on Google being Justin Beaver. He suggested the grads to do something about these. He gave them grads generic and realistic advice and encouraged the grads to make their own choices and learn their own lessons.

The Class Valedictorian was Sarah Allen. She accused the previous speakers of taking what she wrote. She advised the grads to become good people and explained the students made it as far as they persevered did because they surpassed everyone in the room, raised the bar and did the things people could dream about.

She said the grads were impossible to replace and encouraged the Grade 11s to carry on the torch. She said the graduation was their début. She added they went through three different series of grad requirements through out their high school year. She gave the grads further advice and spoke what was probably the best speech of the evening and concluded by saying how proud she was to be a grad in 2010.

With nothing left of the evening, the grad Choir sang. There was an opportunity for parents to take photos before the busses arrived to take the students away to Dry Grad.

The Kitimat Daily would like to congratulate the graduating class of 2010.