SCI wishes graduates well on their future paths

Rikki Frost-Hunt (right, standing with Stonewall Collegiate Institute principal Jason Cassils) was the school's recipient of the Governor General's Academic Medal at SCI's graduation ceremony inside the Veterans Memorial Sports Complex in Stonewall, Man. on June 22, 2019. (Adam Peleshaty/The Stonewall Argus and Teulon Times/Postmedia Network)

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Stonewall Collegiate Institute’s 2019 graduating class of 98 strong received their diplomas in front of approximately 1,000 family, friends and community members inside the Veterans Memorial Sports Complex at a ceremony on June 22.

SCI principal Jason Cassils acknowledged the 108th graduating class in the school’s history and wished them well on embarking in their future endeavours.

“Graduates, you’re leaving us today and heading out on your future path. We will miss you,” Cassils said. “However, we’re very excited to see what the future holds for all of you. For some of you, this path will be a direct path to where you want to go. Whether this is a job or post-secondary program, you know what you want to do and you will excel at it.  For others, this path could be winding. It may have some detours on the way and that is fine.”

Rikki Frost-Hunt was the school’s recipient of the Governor General’s Academic Medal. She achieved an academic average of 97% for both Grades 11 and 12 and earned the highest marks in Pre-Calculus Math (97%), Biology (98%), Chemistry (98%), Introduction to Calculus (98%) and Physics (100%).

Kalista Nugent received the Interlake School Division Proficiency Award. She had a 93% academic average in the 2018-19 school year and is a member of the school’s concert band and chamber choir as well as the girls’ rugby and Reach For The Top teams among others. Nugent also had the highest mark in Concert Band with 99%.

Co-valedictorians Annika Brown, Aiden Erickson and Chris Wiebe showed a video presentation before delivering a somewhat irreverent address, referencing the highlights of the year at school and beyond. They also made parallels to their time at SCI with the blockbuster superhero film Avengers: Endgame.

“Even the best things in life come to an end,” Brown told the audience. “Like The Avengers films, the experiences we loved like sports teams and school, the musical or our favourite classes, eventually they end … Farewell to high school. Let’s embrace this ending and cherish this goodbye.”

Award winners

Annika Brown: Stonewall Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 52 Scholarship, Stony Mountain/Stonewall Masonic Lodge

Amerlyn Budd: ISD Excellence Award, Walter Malazdrewich Memorial Scholarship

Gio Ciulla: Beck Family Scholarship

Kurnin Costa-Mukaluk: Unrau Family Scholarship

Amy Clark: Keith A. Cosens Memorial Scholarship

Aiden Erickson: Stonewall and District Lions Club, One Insurance/Wawanesa Insurance Scholarship

Alexis Forbes: Stonewall and District Lions Club

Rikki Frost-Hunt: Governor General’s Academic Medal, ISD Excellence Award, Bryan Lefley Memorial Scholarship, Lifetouch Canada Scholarship, University of Manitoba Chown Scholarship, EPR Stonewall, Re/Max of Western Canada

Fallon Furkalo: ISD Excellence Award, Ronald and Jessie Matthewson Scholarship

Abigail Georgison: Ronald and Jessie Matthewson Scholarship, Beck Family Scholarship

Davis Gesell: Stonewall and District Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

Ashley Inman: ISD Excellence Award, Stonewall Kinsmen Club, Stonewall Starting Blocks

Jayden Lockhart: ISD Excellence Award, IANTE Scholarship, Ella Mae Emms Johannesen Memorial Scholarship, Ronald and Jessie Matthewson Scholarship

Dante Lourenco: ISD Excellence Award, Ronald and Jessie Matthewson Scholarship, Stonewall Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 52 Scholarship, Stonewall Kinsmen Club

Hunter Lupyrypa: ISD Excellence Award, Ronald and Jessie Matthewson Scholarship, Stonewall Independent Order Odd Fellows Lodge No. 49 Scholarship, Stonewall Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary

Emma Marsch: Stonewall United Church

Bracken Noah: ITA Scholarship

Kalista Nugent: ISD Proficiency Award, ISD Excellence Award, Ronald and Jessie Matthewson Scholarship, Interlake Community Foundation Leadership Award, Stonewall Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 52 Scholarship

Taylor Olesen: Keith A. Cosens Memorial Scholarship

Desiree Singh: Interlake Bus Drivers Association Scholarship

Alia Steinke: Hannah Steinke Memorial Award

Gage Stephens: Stonewall Kinsmen Club

Tessa Thevenot: ISD Excellence Award, Ronald and Jessie Matthewson Scholarship, Interlake Community Foundation Leadership Award, Stonewall Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary

Sera van Dorp: Stonewall United Church

Kaitlin van Haute: Stony Mountain/Stonewall Masonic Lodge

Ashley Vieville: William M.A. Campbell Memorial Scholarship

Christopher Wiebe: Bryan Lefley Memorial Scholarship, Hannah Steinke Memorial Award

Paige Yasinsky: ITA Scholarship

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