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KES grads bid farewell to school as they look towards the future


WINDSOR, N.S. — The wet weather didn't dampen the excitement of Grade 12 students attending their graduation ceremony on the weekend.

A total of 76 students graduated from the Windsor-based private school June 17, and the students attending the other grades were also celebrated for their accomplishments.

Jillian Miller, 18, was this year's head girl. She said she’s sad her time at KES is over, but excited for the next steps in her life.

“It’s definitely strange, I don’t know if it’s hit me yet... we’ve just been here all together for three years and it feels so strange that it’s just going to end,” Miller said.

“I was sitting at breakfast today and thinking this is the last time I’m ever going to eat breakfast with all of my friends because things are going to be so busy over the next few days,” she said on June 15. “It’s strange, but I’m ready and excited for next year.”

Miller is from Hantsport and was a day student for Grades 10 and 11 and lived on campus for her last year as head girl.

Miller was on the varsity soccer team, the basketball team and the rugby team. In past years she also participated in track and field.

“I really enjoyed being head girl, living at school, and I found that being head girl gave me a gateway to knowing the students better because they got to see me at the beginning of the year,” she said. “It was a great way for me to get to know some of the new students. Sometimes it was tough and felt like a lot of pressure but overall it was awesome.”

Miller is going to St. Francis Xavier University next year to take nursing and received a $28,000 scholarship.

“Everyone here is like my family. I know I’m going to miss everyone, but I also know everyone has big plans for the future. I know everyone is going to do awesome next year. We're so close because we’re such a small school; I’m sure we’ll stay in touch.”

Tristan Kimball, 18, was the head boy at KES.

“We just want everyone to appreciate their high school experience here and remember it fondly but know that things don’t end at high school,” said Kimball.

“In the coming years, whether some things about high school were great or not too great, there will come a time when you look back and miss hanging out with so-and-so or a certain teacher who meant a lot to you.”

Kimball, who is from Wolfville, was involved with boys rugby, track and field, the ski team and was the co-head of the Gender Sexuality Alliance.

“Being head boy was strange at first, especially for Jill and I because we were both day students from local communities,” he said. “Not only did we have to transition into these roles without really knowing what it entailed, but we also had to transition into dorm life, which I think will help with university as well.”

Kimball said he’s planning to go to Guelph University with the hope to become a psychologist.

“I feel both nervous and excited, which I assume most people are,” he said. “It’s a small school and because of that there’s a large sense of community here and so we’ve grown really dependent on students and faculty. It’s a bit unnerving knowing you’re leaving that. But, we’re excited to take the next steps.”

Both Kimball and Miller received special awards during the morning ceremony.

Miller received an honours pin, the 2017 Schulich Leader Nominee, and the Hugh Mackay Montgomerie Prize, which is awarded to a student with an exceptionally high mark in HL IB English. She also received a silver locket for the Fideliter Prize.

With an academic average of 97.4 per cent, Kimball received the Governor General’s Medal and certificate as well as the Ferrabee Medal. He earned his honours pin, an Ivy Diploma prize, and the Whitehead Cup prize, which is for the boy who best displays the qualities of manhood, learning and gentleness. Kimball also received a $28,000 scholarship to Guelph University.

At the end of the awards, Kimball and Miller welcomed the incoming head boy and head girl, Arturo Ramirez Balderas and Meredith Chambers, for the 2017-18 school year.

KES held its prom the night before the graduation ceremonies.

 

Top award winners during the year end ceremony

• 1st Place with the Highest Average (93 per cent) in Grade 7 — David Connors

• 1st Place with the Highest Average (93 per cent) in Grade 8 — Emilio Cristobal Garrido

• 1st Place with the Highest Average (98.2 per cent) in Grade 9 — Ella Brown

• Cornick Proficiency Prize — awarded to a boy with the highest (96.6 per cent) average in Grade 10 — Marshall Plandowski

• Lt. Governor's Medals — Grade 11 students who has performed well academically, and who have provided the most effective leadership — Ella Jollymore and Andrew Canete

• Old Girls’ Gold Ring — awarded to the girl who has the highest average (95.4 per cent) in Grade 11 and who has attended the school for Grades 10 and 11 — Linxuan (Skyler) Li

• Old Boys’ Gold Ring — awarded to the boy who has the highest average (97 per cent) in Grade 11 and who has attended the school for Grades 10 and 11 — Michael Hilborn

• Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for outstanding academic achievement in the study of mathematics and science (certificate) — Xuezhi (Jacob) Liu (Grade 11)

• Ferrabee Medal — awarded to the student with the highest academic average (97.4 per cent) in the Senior School (Grade X, XI or XII) — Tristan Kimball

• The Governor General's Medal + Certificate, established in 1873 recognizes students who have achieved the highest academic average, to be presented on behalf of His Excellency the Right Honorable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada — Tristan Kimball

• Huston Prize — awarded to the girl who exemplifies the highest qualities of character and personality — Julia Schmitt (Grade 12)

• The Fideliter Prize — Awarded by the Old Girls to a girl of outstanding qualities chosen by the girls with the approval of the staff — Jillian Miller (Grade 12)

• The Gold Star — awarded to the lifer, someone who has been in the School from Grades 7-12, with the highest academic average (95.8 per cent) — Liam Hogan

• Queen Elizabeth II Medal — awarded to a Grade 12 student who demonstrated superior academic achievement in grades 10, 11, and 12 and maintained an outstanding record in school and community involvement — Nandini Mishra

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