King's-Edgehill School graduated 68 students, representing countries as far away as Japan and Qatar to communities as local as Windsor and Falmouth, on June 16 at their 224th commencement ceremonies.
Headmaster Joseph Seagram imparted words of wisdom for the grads, encouraging them to not limit their dreams.
“As graduates, the decisions you make now or at university should not be binding. They should not make you feel claustrophobic. They should be liberating. You don't know enough about yourselves or the world to bind yourselves. Your decisions should be to explore, to seek, to discover, to learn, to read, to embrace change, to do what you've done here so well,” said Seagram as he was nearing the end of his speech.
“Get involved. At university, jump on stage and act and sing. Dive into a new sport or activity. Volunteer and help out. Join the chess club... the outdoor club, the debating society. Think about signing up for the chemistry club, the culinary club, the math team, the Bible study group, the poets society. If someone asks you to help out, to join in, or sail around the world, say yes,” he encouraged. “Find yourself. Discover your passions. Actively and enthusiastically create your dreams and then go confidently toward them.”
Several students received awards and special honours upon graduation. Among the highlights is Na Eun Park, who was awarded the Gold Star, which is presented to the girl with the highest standing in Grades 10-12, as well as the Governor General's Medal and certificate for having the highest standing in Grade 12 IB — 95.8 per cent. Park also received the IB Diploma Prize, an award that recognizes an IB Diploma student that has contributed the most to the spirit of the programme, which is learning for learning's sake. Francis Laing also received this prize. On top of those awards, Park also received the Grade 12 TOK Prize, the Richardson History Prize, the Grade 12 German Prize, the Grade 12 Chemistry Prize, and the Grade 12 Mathematics Prize.
Sarah Mack received the Ferrabee Medal, which is awarded to the girl with the highest average (96.4 per cent) in Grade 11 or 12, as well as the Queen Elizabeth II Medal, for having the highest standing (96.4 per cent) in English and four other subjects in Grade 12.
The Valley’s Isabelle Bouwman received a silver locket, known as the Huston Prize. It's awarded to the girl who exemplifies the highest qualities of character and personality.
Head Girl Clara Hodder received the Organist Prize, which is presented to a student for their interest and dedication to the Hensley Memorial Chapel as the organist, the Music Proficiency Prize, and the Fideliter Prize. The Fideliter Prize, which is a silver locket, is awarded by the Old Girls to a girl of outstanding qualities chosen by the girls with the approval of the staff.
Head Boy Federico Cisneros Sanchez received the Ted Grayson Memorial Prize, an award voted on by secret ballot. The winner of the prize best exemplifies the qualities of integrity, courtesy, friendship and sportsmanship.
Lachlan Nowell was presented with the KES Debating Gavel, an award presented annually to the most valued member of the debating society.
Evan Taylor, from Windsor, was awarded the Donald Morris Debating Prize and received a silver ring.
Joel Young, from Falmouth, received the Whitehead Cup, which is presented annually to the boy in the upper school who, in the opinion of the boys, best displays the qualities of manhood, learning and gentleness.
There were also several other awards presented during the morning ceremonies.
The graduating class, which produced 58 students with an average grade of 80 per cent or higher, received a total of $514,740 in scholarships.
Next year’s head boy and head girl are Christian Lakes and Tai-Yu (Debby) Chao.