Ten HHS graduates honoured

This week I bring you the graduating class of 2011 from H. Hardcastle School. This year we had 10 young people moving on to further their education or into the work force. The festivities began on the evening of June 28 when the graduation awards banquet took place.

The meal began with Joshua LaClare giving the blessing. Following the supper, served by the Edam Catering Club, Cody Cadrain was called upon by MC Mikayla Detillieux to give the toast to the teachers with Trina Deobald replying. Kristen Gordon gave the toast to the parents with Pam Gordon replying. The final toasts were to the girls, given by Mitchell Detillieux and to the boys given by the only girls in the class, McKenzie Nordell, Debbie McFarlane and Kristen Gordon. The awards were then given out by principal Byron Merkosky and vice-principal Lorne Long.

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June 30 at 2 p.m. the graduates entered the gym with their escorts to the music, Heroes by Gord Bamford. Brooke Roach open the ceremonies with the national anthem accompanied by graduate Kristen Gordon on the piano. Debbie McFarlane then welcomed all who came to celebrate their achievements. This was followed by friends introducing the graduates to a slide show of their childhood and of their camping trip in the fall. The valedictory address was given by Kristen Gordon. The scholarships and scrolls were presented by Byron Merkosky and Lorne Long as well as guest presenters. McKenzie Nordell then took the podium to acknowledge those who played an important role in the day. The graduates left the gym to On My Way by Phil Collins.

Congratulations to the following students on the completion of their high school career:

Mathew Bru - son of Max and Heather Bru, escorted by Miranda Moline, future plans, to work as a guide for a year;

Cody Cadrain - son of Gordie and Bernie Cadrain, escorted by Kelci Kretzer, future plans, attending Lakeland College in Lloydminster - heavy oil operator technician program;

Daniel de Montarnal - son of Denis and Darcy de Montarnal, escorted by Bailey Delainey, received the Abe Wouters Community Service Scholarship, Edam Credit Union Ltd $200, Access Communications Award $200.00, Edam Fall Fair Scholarship $500, future plans; western ranch and cow horse program at Lakeland College in Vermilion;

Mitchell Detillieux - son of Monique and Martin Detillieux, escorted by Samantha Gordon, future plans fourth class power engineering at NAIT in Edmonton;

Kristen Gordon - daughter of Pam and the late Dell Gordon, escorted by Evan Boser, received honour roll, Division 4 general proficiency, English 30A, English 30B, history, Math 30C, RCMP award, school spirit award, citizenship award, Turtleford School Division Multiple Intelligence Awards (academic $400, PAA $200, fine arts $400, citizenship $400), local board scholarships (academic proficiency $300, general achievement $150), Marge Hardcastle Award for excellence in English $300, Stellar Insurance $250, future plans, arts and sciences in U of S specializing in psychiatry;

Joshua LaClare - son of Bernard and Lynette LaClare, escorted by McKenzie Nordell, received honour roll, Most Valued Classmate, HHS Community Council Award (most improved from Grade 9to12) and North of the River Oilman $500, future plans, power engineering technology NAIT in Edmonton;

Debbie McFarlane - daughter of Debbie McFarlane and Dave McFarlane, escorted by Joel Blaquiere, received Edam Health Care Auxiliary Scholarship $200, Bill Hanson Memorial Scholarship $250, future plans, child and youth care worker at Lakeland College in Vermilion;

Tyson Morin - son of Ted and Sherry Morin, escorted by Brandi Kobes, future plans, pre-employment carpentry at Lakeland Vermilion;

Matthew Nedelec - son of Robert and Corrine Nedelec, escorted by Mikayla Detillieux, received honour roll, senior athlete, industrial arts, Turtleford School Division Multiple Intelligence Award (PAA $200), future plans, pre-employment carpentry at Lakeland in Vermilion;

McKenzie Nordell - daughter of Darren and Karrie Nordell, escorted by Joshua LaClare, received honour roll, senior athlete, Turtleford School Division Multiple Intelligence Award (athletic excellence $400); local board scholarship (general achievement $150), Nicholas J. Roach - Nicholas L. Roach Memorial Scholarship $500, future plans, dental assistant at NAIT in Edmonton.

Additional awards presented at the graduation exercises were the Governor General Award and the Lawrence and Madge Severson award of $50 to Samantha Gordon.

No doubt these young people will go on to do great things with their lives. We are proud of the young adults that you have become.

Next week I'll have the results of the undergrad awards that were held June 16, as well as getting caught up on the local news. Hope everyone enjoyed the July long weekend.

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