Sydni Masiowski will complete her high school career by inspiring others to "continue writing their stories" during her valedictory address.
The original and non-generic speech Sydni presented to a judging panel of teachers was the major reason she was chosen valedictorian for West Kildonan Collegiate’s Class of 2013
Masiowski came to West Kildonan Collegiate in Grade 9, not knowing anyone after attending junior high in the Maples area. She describes herself as an introvert butdid not hold back in joining various clubs and playing the flute and piccolo in the school band.
More recently, as a member of the school’s newcomers’ committee, Sydni has reached out to new schoolmates and spoken with junior high students to help with their transition to high school.
As her time at West Kildonan went on, Sydni met students in older grades whom she now describes as her "12 big brothers and sisters."
They have been there for her along the way and have provided her with advice, not just in high but even as those friends have moved on to their second and third years of university.
Next school year, Sydni will enter the faculty of education at the University of Winnipeg, majoring in English and minoring in history. But this will not be Sydni’s first experience sitting in a classroom with professors. In Grade 11, she was an intern at the U of W, a program usually reserved for students in Grade 12.
Sydni has always been driven academically. Jason Pinder, her English teacher in Grades 11 and 12 has been an encouraging guide. She says he is a big reason that she is where she is today.
She has always enjoyed writing and he relit a spark within her to submit her writing to contests and she has subsequently has won awards. Her parents have also been a strong force in Sydni’s life, making available whatever she needed to succeed.
Sydni has also been very involved with West Kildonan’s social justice club, which promotes human rights and civil liberties both within Winnipeg and around the world. She has always been very vocal about her opinions.
Sydni would like to return to the Seven Oaks School division to teach high school after graduating from university.
In the meantime, she is eagerly waiting to walk across the stage and receive her high school diploma and continuing writing her story.
Christina Hiebert is a community correspondent for Riverbend and Rivergrove. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.