It is one thing writing a story on someone’s graduation but it is completely different when that someone is your daughter.
I had the pleasure of attending to the Sanford Collegiate’s graduation ceremony on June 19 at the Church of the Rock in Winnipeg and I watched with pride as the school honoured its graduates for their years of commitment, dedication, hard work and achievements.
The graduating class of 2013 was a wave of blue caps and gowns as piper Scott Foster piped them into the church.
Sanford Collegiate principal Brad Curtis, and Red River Valley School Division CEO and superintendent Pauline Lafond-Bouchard addressed the students and guests, and both gave very positive and lighthearted speeches to the entire graduating class.
Curtis is highly respected by the community, but most importantly by his students. He displayed a high regard and admiration for them, reminding them to set their goals high, saying: "Instead of striving to be the best in the world, strive to be the best for the world."
Lafond-Bouchard addressed the students with some humour as she expressed how some of the graduates were graduating with cum laude, some with magna cum laude and some with "thank the laude." She ended her speech by advising the students to seek the passion that is within.
Tyler Cormier from La Salle was honoured as the class valedictorian.
"We will come up on to the stage and receive our diploma from our principal, who scared some of us for the first two years, and now we can look at him in the eye as an equal... well, sort of," he said.
Cormier was honoured with the Meridian Interfaith award, choir award, Life Touch award for excellence, Cody Rempel athletic scholarship and the Red River Valley Support Staff Organization scholarship.
Tony Britton from Sanford was also recognized and honoured with over 11 awards, from bursaries to certificates of distinction to scholarships, including an entrance scholarship to the University of Manitoba, where he is enrolled in agriculture and food sciences.
Sandra Murner is a community correspondent for Sanford. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org