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REPORTING · 24th June 2014
Walter McFarlane
Mount Elizabeth Middle and Secondary School held their graduation ceremony on June 20th. Around 90 students completed high school and are ready to move on to their next stage in life, but not before turning their tassel, receiving their diploma and passing the flame of knowledge onto the Grade 11s.

A number of people were asked to say a few words to the grads, representing aspects of their lives.

Trustee Ray Raj delivered a message from the Board of Education. He told them how much the world has changed since they entered Kindergarten. On a personal note, he noted that the government is making many investments into industry but is not willing to invest in the students and the future of the province. He stated the students education is provided by their teachers.

“It is very unfortunate that the teachers, who spend most of their lives trying to make [these students] lives better are not here,” said Raj.

Superintendent of Schools Katherine McIntosh congratulated the graduates on completing the program. “Today is the day that opens doors for the rest of your lives. Today is the day you will have opportunities, options and choice about how you will live your life. Because of this day, graduation, you will enjoy a healthier, more successful and more educated life,” said McIntosh.

Janet Meyer delivered the message from the Principal. She told them to be prepared to face failure in their lives. She said facing it can play a positive role in their lives. She has experienced failure and sees the negative dealings as opportunities for growth.

As this was her last graduation ceremony as Principal, Meyer was given flowers.

The message from the parents was given by Linda Brousseau. She told the graduating class that they were raised in a world of technology and will play a role in looking for solutions to solve problems now being discovered.

The final speaker was Deanna Klonarakus, the class Valedictorian. She stated the last five years were memorable and have made memories while they grew, persevered and became successful. She compared the school to rowing on a river, learning to paddle in the easy parts of the river and advancing through the more difficult parts.

She thanked the teachers for helping students realize their potential and help them out. She thanked the parents for showing unconditional love and support. Finally, she thanked the friends who were always there for them.

She encouraged everyone to find happiness, because the world people deserve can be won. She congratulated the grads to thunderous applauds. The caps were thrown and the students had time to take pictures before going to the Dry-grad celebration.