Look out world — 196 Avon View grads are coming.
Hundreds of people packed into the gymnasium of the Windsor-based high school for Avon View’s graduation ceremony on June 28.
It was a time for reflecting on days gone by and cause for celebration as Avon View grads collected more than $183,000 in bursaries and scholarships ranging in value from $25 to $18,000.
Several grads left the school toting performance awards. John-Paul Primeau and Riley Kitchin split the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation’s award recognizing outstanding contributions to athletics, and Griffin Green-Simony and Alyssa MacDonald were named NSSAF scholar athletes.
Bursary recipient Bryanna Noade finished at the top of her class in Calculus 12, Physics 12 and Chemistry 12, and Ryan Greenham claimed the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board’s Academic Excellence Award.
Kings-Hants MP Scott Brison presented valedictorian Allyssa Loiselle with the Governor General’s Medal and Courtney Rent went home with a Queen Elizabeth II Medal.
The Principal’s Award, celebrating a well-rounded student who graciously contributes to school life and extracurricular activities, went to Pam Kent, while Candace Kimball, who was described as a model student and citizen, accepted the Staff Trophy.
Loiselle, the student-elected speaker, congratulated her peers on their achievements to date and urged the graduates — the protagonists of the narrative she penned as a final address — to forge ahead with optimism.
“Now their story has led them not to a resolution or conclusion of some kind, but to one giant question mark. Is there nothing left to be read out loud, no more words on the page? What now? What next? Where do we go from here? That remains uncertain,” Loiselle declared.
“One thing that is certain, however, is that the story of these graduates — the story of us — will, in no way, end here today.”