PSS top students recognized 

Flooding prevents many Lil'wat Nation students from attending

By Cindy Filipenko

More than 100 students at Pemberton Secondary School were recognized for academic, craft, athletic and civic achievement at the school’s annual awards assembly on June 4. Close to 200 family members and friends were on hand to celebrate the students’ accomplishments.

Vice-principal Kathryn Strilchuk, who acted as the evening’s MC, and Principal Lawrence Tarasoff, both spoke with great affection of their pride in the school’s finest students. Strilchuk, who will be leaving Pemberton this year to take a job in Alberta to be closer to her family, elicited much laughter with her open and warm ad libs.

On a more serious note she expressed dismay that a number of talented First Nations students were not able to attend the ceremony due to flooding that had cut off Mount Currie from Pemberton.

Service and citizenship was recognized throughout the evening with a number of awards. The first awards in this category, the Service Awards, were given to students who had provided outstanding service to their school.

Service award certificates went to: Amanda Alfier, Nic Ballhausen, Tessa Beattie, Beth Bikadi, Gregg Bradner, Kayla Cherry, Sara Clark, Ali Faryna, Liam Fisher, Riva Fisher, Holly Gopp, Ben Groulx, George Henry, Blair Hustins, Trevor Hustins, Sage Jubelius, Maggie Kirkpatrick, Emma McClean,   Kylie Robson, Taylor Ross, Vincent Selina, Mandi Sinclair,   Corey Teichman and Mel Williams.

The criteria for the Citizen Award are friendliness and helpfulness to staff and students and consideration of others while acting as an ambassador of the school. Citizenship Awards were presented to: Amanda Alfier, Tessa Beattie, Gregg Bradner, Kayla Cherry, Sara Clark, Renka Daito, Casey Dick-Wyatt, Mikhail Elsa, Miki Eslake, Ali Faryna, Holly Gopp, Ben Groulx, Blair Hustins, Maggie Kirkpatrick, Emma McClean, Kylie Robson, Taylor Robson, Mandi Sinclair, Tiarra Syluk, Stacey Thevarge and Kathryn Williams.

The Margaret Marchand award, presented to a Grade 12 student who works behind the scenes making school a better place for staff and students, was awarded to Maggie Kirkpatrick. While the Citizenship Award, which recognizes a five-year secondary school career marked by outstanding citizenship, was awarded to Kayla Cherry. The PTA award, which recognizes a Grade 12 student who excels in athletic, academics and citizenship, was presented to Gregg Bradner.

Bradner, who is planning a career in pediatrics, also received the Innovation & Science Council of B.C.’s Science Achievement Award, a plaque for the top Grade 12 student in Math and Science, recognition for maintaining a greater than 90 per cent average and a plaque for making the honour roll four out of five years.

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