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REPORTING · 4th August 2012
Walter McFarlane
Due to sickness, this and one other article were left over from June. Both were posted today

Mount Elizabeth Secondary School held itís Graduation on Friday, June 22nd. The house was full for the walk up. As always, the ceremony began with the Candlelight Ceremony, the grads carrying the flame of knowledge to pass on to representatives of the Grade 11 Class.

Each grad came to the stage to receive their diploma and have their tassel turned. Once the seats were filled, it was time for the speakers.

Trustee Linda Campbell was the first to speak, she recognized the passing of Trustee Barry Pankhurst. She expressed the night was a celebration of an accomplishment of many years of dedication and hard work. She asked them to live there lives to the fullest, be courageous, adventurous and build a better tomorrow.

The second speaker was Superintendent Nancy Wells. She stated the graduation students represent the School Districtís ultimate goal. To have all students cross the stage with dignity, purpose and options. She expressed the grad class was special and was diverse and talented.

Wells asked them: What people and communities could do to encourage compassion, cooperation and confidence? If they could answer the question, they could make the world a better place. She suggested working together and encourage others.

The third speaker was Principal Janet Meyers. She expressed it was difficult to talk about success. She chose to talk about failure. She stated the school motto translated to no prize without labour.

She told the students adversity is a likelihood. She had no doubt the graduates will go into any number of professions. However, there will be challenges and bumps in the road. She advised that when the students fail, they should get up, dust themselves off, talk to their loved ones and get on with life.

The fourth speaker of the night was parent, Nick Dahler. He congratulated the grads and thanked all the parents for keeping the grads safe and motivating the parents. He also reflected on the activities the grads have been doing in their spare time. He encouraged the grads to volunteer as it is both rewarding and can build a grand community.

This years Valedictorian was Russell McLellan. He congratulated the graduates, thanked the parents, teachers and mentors. He stated the rest of their lives were ahead of him and ended with a quote from Dr. Suess.

The Grad Choir Sang and the grads went off to have fun at dry grad.