By Justin Seward
Twenty-two Grade 12 Senator Gershaw School graduates walked up to the stage to ‘The River’ by Garth Brooks in front of family, friends and delegations to begin the May 17 ceremony.
School principal Scott Angle was the Master of Ceremonies and began the proceedings by saying “tonight is a celebration of academic achievement that is 22 students,” “We should all share in the celebration we’re having today.”
Angle highlighted the academic achievements of the class and said “this class is definitely the highest.”
The accumulated credits for the class was 2,802, which translated to 133 credits on average per student over the three years in high school.
“Just a quick reminder that it only takes 100 credits to graduate from high school,” said Angle.
“It takes true dedication and commitment … It’s also a true testament to the community partnerships, work experience, green certificates, registered apprentice programs and duel credits to provide opportunities for our students.”
He added there are seven students who could have over 150 credits if they have all the requirements to finish their programs.
Valedictorian Cassidy Andreas began her speech to laughter from the crowd by saying her dad gave her advice on what to write.
“You represent a group that has almost won the completion of high school,” she said.
“We all got ourselves to the stage a little differently. Walking, hobbling and wandering. Some of us took charge to study harder, some of us started to work a little more diligently and some of us finally learned that we’re allowed to take our textbooks home after school hours. The physical lessons we sat through is what turned into the knowledge we gained. But behind every lesson was a second one.”
In an unprecedented act, eight students from the alternative evening program also graduated this year.