“No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks.”
This fun little limerick was surely going through the minds of the 29 Grade 12s as they took to the stage and waited for the moment they were called graduate.
To mark the 13 years, including Kindergarten, of homework, late nights, class trips, group projects and essays, the graduating class of David Thompson High School were treated to a party.
The event began after the grads spent the morning getting all gussied up, and put on gowns and tuxes to celebrate their final hours as high school students.
The graduation ceremony began with each Grade 12 student entering the gymnasium. Graduate Nikale van der Vlis then sang the national anthem and the ceremony finished with the grads accepting their diplomas.
Before receiving the mark of completion, the grads first heard advice and words of wisdom from their parents, teachers and special guests.
“I do challenge you to own all the choices you make, with either positive or negative out comes,” David Thompson Prinicpal Miles Trieber told the graduates. “Hopefully your choices will lead you to living your passions each day.”
Trieber told the graduates during his address they have been and always will be “a part of an amazing community,” and each student has been instrumental in building the community around them.
Before ending his speech, Trieber urged each student to never stop learning whether they continue their schooling and attend post-secondary school or head into the work force.
Wildrose Public School’s Superintendent Brad Volkman wished the graduates to always remember their community, who helped to build them.
“I can say with confidence that you young men and women are heading off with a solid foundation. You have been given a good start,” said Volkman.
According to Volkman, the start given to the students of David Thompson High School is thanks in part to the teachers, the community and the parents of the students.
The students agreed with Volkman’s assessment as they prepared a special presentation for their parents.
Each student handed their parents a rose after the tribute to parents was finished. The presentation brought tears to all the parents presented with a rose.
After the valedictory speech by Samantha Ahlstrom, where she once again thanks her parents, teachers and friends, came the diploma presentations.
Each of the students graduating from DTHS crossed the stage to finally become high school graduates, after years of hard work and about an hour of speeches, they were finally finished.
The night ended for the new graduates with a banquet for them and their family.
“Understand as well, that we will be here to support you, any time that you need it,” said Trieber.