Frontier Collegiate Institute’s teachers and staff congratulated the largest graduating class in recent history as 37 students received their diplomas on Wednesday.
The graduates passed through a star-lit archway at the beginning of the aisle to the stage as well as a second one on top of the stage in the school gymnasium for this year’s Starry Night theme.
The graduates, from both high school and adult education, received recognition of their hard work throughout the years from various speakers, including Churchill MP Niki Ashton and school principal Dodie Johnston.
Ashton spoke about how proud she was of all the graduates and the work they had put in over the years.
Ashton encouraged the graduates to stay in the province following their post-secondary education, but urged those who leave to come back and make a lasting impression on their communities.
With words of encouragement ringing through the gymnasium, the graduates sat atop the stage and celebrated each other’s successes.
Valedictorian Alexandra Boucher quoted Dr. Seuss and told her class, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
The grads had plenty to smile about as each student received his or her diploma as well as the numerous awards that were handed out.
Boucher was on the top end of awards received, alongside classmate Zackary Ames, who finished top of the class.
Students at Frontier Collegiate hail from numerous communities in northern Manitoba, unlike many local high schools.
Representatives from various communities congratulated the graduates from their respective communities as they hoped for nothing but bright futures ahead.
The graduates and their families and friends enjoyed a garden party following the ceremony with a banquet and safe grad to follow.
See The Reminder next week for our Frontier Collegiate Institute 2015 graduation edition.