Grad profiles 

A glimpse inside this year Whistler Secondary’s graduating class.

Every grad class has a special aura, something that sets them apart from all those who have gone before.

But this year’s class may be remembered for the diversity of its interests instead of its group personality.

There is a strong cohort of students who excel at sport, another which excels academically, those who have embraced art and culture, and even a few who drove their own road to get educated in the automotive field.

"I think they are pretty diverse," said Rod Thompson, who gave this year’s address to the grads.

Thompson, who’s in charge of special education programs, takes care of all the ski racers and teaches science and Physical Education. He pointed to the achievements of students like Raine Playfair who not only led the charge to put on the musical "Anything Goes", but also pursues dance and figure skating in the community, as well as other school projects.

"She is constantly doing leadership things, whether it is for the yearbook or daily announcements," said Thompson.

"Those are all initiatives that maybe we haven’t seen before or used to be teacher-driven and here the students are doing it themselves."

On Monday, the 17-year-old Playfair was recognized as the school’s outstanding student at their annual awards ceremony.

Thompson said many of the students also volunteer in the community as coaches, helping to generate a strong sense of peer leadership.

"If you look community wide there are examples of all of these kids," he said.

It’s also fun to see the whole group walk across the stage, said Thompson.

"It is always kind of neat to those kids doing it — they are all finished, so how cool is that," he said.

It’s a small class this year with only thirty-eight students in all. Most have been together since high school began.

As for the future, there are as many dreams to pursue as there are students in the class.

Some are still chasing the ski racing or sport dream, others are university or college-bound, and a few can’t wait to get out into the real world and earn a living.

Good luck!

Pique Newsmagazine wanted to give you a glimpse inside this year’s graduating class so we asked school officials to put their heads together and offer us the names of a few students who exemplify the 2005 Class.

Raine Playfair.

"I was a little surprised," said Playfair, 17, of winning the ‘Outstanding Student" award at this week’s Whistler Secondary award ceremony.


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