Thirty-four students crossed the stage inside the gymnasium of Teulon Collegiate Institute during its graduation ceremony on June 21. Approximately 500 friends, family and community members attended the ceremony to witness the graduates enter into the next phase of their lives.
TCI principal Paul Magnan acknowledged the overall academic achievement of the graduating class with 18 students — the majority of the class — on the Honour Roll, including three who have received Distinction Awards. The same number of students also received scholarships and bursaries, most of which coming from the local community.
“Sixty-two percent of our students are going on to some post-secondary education. That is impressive,” Magnan said. He later told the graduates, “Everything you do is based on the choices you make … You and only you are responsible for every decision and choice you make. Period.”
A rose ceremony where graduates hand out roses to loved ones and a celebration of the Teulon Saints division championship-winning lacrosse team followed before the granting of the diplomas.
The Governor General’s Academic Medal was awarded to Skylar Anderson who had a 93.41% academic average over the past two school years. She also achieved highest standing in Foods and Nutrition 40G (99%) and Psychology (97%). Grace Riley was awarded the ISD Proficiency Award with a 92% academic average, as well as achieving highest standing in French (91%), English Transactional Focus (96%), Biology (92%), Arts (94%) and Drama (99%).
Vanessa Campbell and Carter Kiel were the co-valedictorians for this year’s class, poking fun at teachers and reminiscing on memories over their past six years at the school.
“All the late assignments, sleepless nights and awful test scores are over. We did it,” Campbell said to the audience.
Governor General’s Medal: Skylar Anderson
ISD Proficiency Award: Grace Riley
ISD Excellence Awards: Skylar Anderson, Kirk Eskilson, Danielle Fleury, Grace Riley
TCI Culture and School Citizenship Awards: Grace Riley, Tiegan Smith
IANTE Scholarship: Tiegan Smith
Rev. Dr. Barry Rasmussen Memorial Scholarship: Carter Kiel
TCI Alumni Scholarship: Vanessa Campbell
James Family Scholarship: Grace Riley
ITA Scholarship: Vanessa Campbell
Town of Teulon Award: Hayley Charison, Lissa Larocque
Interlake Community Foundation Leadership Awards: Vanessa Campbell, Hayley Charison, Tiegan Smith
Teulon Chamber of Commerce Scholarship: Jolene Hancox
Teulon Collegiate Band Award: Carlin Trudzik
Rockwood Festival of The Arts Award: Carlin Trudzik
Interlake Bus Drivers Association Award: Joseph Slater, Tiegan Smith
Doug McDonnell Memorial Bursary: Timothy Green
Dr. Goodwin Memorial Scholarship: Adelia Saiya
Hunter-Cummings Scholarship: Skylar Anderson
William Dychuk Memorial Bursary: Lissa Larocque, Adelia Saiya
TCI Principal’s Scholarship: Skylar Anderson, Emily Stasiuk
Lorne Ferley Scholarship: Carter Kiel
Michael Ferley Scholarship: Ryan Hill
Chris Chartrand Memorial Scholarship: Hayley Charison, Ryan Hill
Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 52 Award: Hayley Charison
Janet Kuchma Leadership Award: Vanessa Campbell
Chown Centennial Scholarship: Grace Riley
Vidir Machine Inc. Scholarship: Ryan Hill
Lifetouch Grad Portrait Scholarship: Lissa Larocque
Walter Malazdrewich Memorial Bursary: Carlin Trudzik
One Insurance and Wawanesa Insurance Community Engagement Bursary: Tiegan Smith
Ducks Unlimited Bursary: Melissa Cunningham
Teulon Rodeo Club Scholarship: Jaylese Dziadek, Carter Kiel
Barry McMahon Memorial Bursary: Ryan Hill
Teulon Local Métis Association Scholarship: Joseph Slater
Lacrosse Award: Carter Kiel
CPA Manitoba Foundation High School Scholarship: Kirk Eskilson
Ev Carlson Memorial Scholarship: Carter Kiel
Myra Langrell Memorial Scholarship: Carter Kiel
Sunova Credit Union Scholarship: Carter Kiel
TADD Student Leading Change Scholarship: Tiegan Smith
University Entrance Scholarships: Vanessa Campbell, Hayley Charison, Kirk Eskilson, Grace Riley, Rachael Sherred, Tiegan Smith