Students win big at awards ceremony

High school students feel they’re often winging their lives, and Aleah Anseth’s message at Living Sky School Divison’s Student Hall of Fame ceremony is that it’s a feeling they should get used to: adults are often winging it, too.

Living Sky School Division hosted its annual Students Hall of Fame awards celebration last Thursday at the Northland Power Curling Centre in North Battleford.

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High school students earned awards in a variety of categories, including Academics, Arts & Culture, Athletics, Special Projects and Inspiration.

Aleah Anseth, a former Student Hall of Fame award winner from Cut Knife, gave a speech to ceremony attendees.

“If you would have told me that 10 years ago you’re going to be back home and living in Cut Knife, I would have probably rolled my eyes because I had bad attitude problems,” Anseth said to laughter from the audience.

Anseth lives in Cut Knife and owns her own media company.

After high school, Anseth had gone to Vancouver to work in the film industry. She said she loved certain things about the work, and loved Vancouver.

Yet she developed anxiety and depression. She worked as a production assistant on the TV show Arrow, and she said the industry has a tendency toward making staff disposable.

Eventually Anseth returned home to Cut Knife, and became a mother. She spoke of the importance of support from community members.

Anseth asked the Grade 12s in the audience how many had plans after graduation, to very few responses. Many hands shot up when Anseth asked if the students didn’t know their future plans.

Anseth said university isn’t the only means of education, that there’s no shame in working minimum wage jobs, and reminded students kindness goes a long way. Caring for oneself is also important, Anseth said.

She wished success for the students, “and I hope you make less mistakes than I did along the way.”

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