AVHS grads embark on a new chapter in life

Ashley Thompson
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Published on July 04, 2012

Joe King and Candace Kimball get ready to march into a packed Avon View gymnasium for their graduation ceremony.

Published on July 04, 2012

Avon View grads make their way to the school’s gymnasium for a ceremony that will bring one chapter of their lives to a close.

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Avon View music student Brandy Lee opened the graduation ceremony with O Canada.

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Tears are shed as the family of the late Rick Forand — a teacher of 24 years who passed away in April due to pancreatic cancer — present graduate Bailey Hunter with the $500 Rick Forand Memorial Bursary.

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Jim Bryan, centre, presented John-Paul Primeau and Riley Kitchin with the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation’s award recognizing outstanding contributions to athletics.

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Jim Bryan, centre, presented Griffin Green-Simony and Alyssa MacDonald with the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation’s award recognized students who excel in academics and athletics.

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Annapolis Valley Regional School Board member Doug Fraser presented Ryan Greenham with an Academic Excellence award.

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Kings-Hants MP Scott Brison presented valedictorian Allyssa Loiselle with the Governor General’s Medal.

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Avon View principal Peter Johnston hands valedictorian Allyssa Loiselle her diploma.

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Twin sisters, Meagan, left, and Melissa Laffin, wore beautiful, sparkling dresses to the 2012 AVHS prom.

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Chris Smith slips a corsage on Meagan Laffin’s wrist prior to the prom.

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Crystal Leopold helps her daughter, Melissa Laffin, pin a corsage on her prom date, Chris Brown, a 2011 grad.

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An umbrella was the popular accessory at this year’s prom. However, the wet weather couldn’t dampen the spirits of those attending Avon View High School’s prom June 26. Pictured here are Candace Kimball and Nick Woodman.

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Allison Lord, Olivia Parker and Agnes MacEachern pose for photos at Avon View prior to making their way to the prom at the Hants Count War Memorial Community Centre.

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Due to the wicked weather outside, the local high school was opened up so friends and family members could snap some photos prior to the Avon View prom. Pictured being photographed are Dylan Fraser with his Horton High School date, Jazmin Prest.

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Dylan Fraser, of Avon View, and Jazmin Prest, of Horton, were picture perfect for the AVHS prom June 26.

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Amos Abati escorts Morgan McNeil to the Avon View High School entrance prior to the prom. Couples were forced to get creative on prom night to combat the extremely wet weather conditions.

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Pictured looking dapper before the prom are, from left, front row: Ryan Langdon, Evan Stoney and Jake Schofield; back row: Luciano Rodriguez and Daniel “The Wrecking Ball” Snow.

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.”

 

Organizations: Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation, Annapolis Valley Regional School Board, The Principal

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