The ceremony started with a country song and ended with confetti, streamers and graduation caps in the air as the Warren Collegiate Institute graduating class of 2019 began the next steps of their own personal journeys in style at Sunova Arena in Warren on June 24.
The class of 54 students, its largest class for some time due to declining enrolment at WCI, proceeded to the risers with the sound of Dean Brody’s song “Time.” Principal Laura Perella praised the graduating class for their determination towards making the school a better place for students and staff.
“Because of all of your contributions, you are leaving WCI a better place than when you came,” Perella noted. “You advocated for new science labs, which weren’t just made for classes. You advocated for a nurse practitioner to improve the health of students in our building. You asked for more extracurricular activities in addition to our strong athletics programs.”
The school’s Governor General’s Academic Medal was awarded to Kayleigh Malcolm, who achieved an academic average of 94.54% for Grades 11 and 12. She also achieved the highest marks in Biology (94%), English Comprehensive Focus (90%) and Physics (97%).
Madeline Boonstra was WCI’s recipient of the Interlake School Division Proficiency Award who maintained a 95% average and participated in school activities such as Student Voice, the Envirothon team and many sports teams.
Two new awards were handed out, the Woodlands Legion No. 248 Kaylee Atchison-Heaps Citizenship Award and the Abby Margetts Arts Memorial Scholarship, to Isabelle McDonald and Willow Reimer, respectively. The latter was given to Reimer by Ryan and Amanda Margetts, teachers at WCI and parents of Abby who tragically passed away at the age of three in January. Both Ryan and Amanda, visibly emotional, hugged Reimer as she received the award.
Co-valedictorians Ciarra deLaroque and Marc Normand delivered their valedictory address, touching on the highlights of the school year and thanking teachers, staff and parents.
“From our elementary teachers to our high school teachers, to the multiple (educational assistants) who have gotten to know us over the last years, know that we appreciate everything you taught us, every bit of help you gave us and that you have shaped who we are today,” Normand said.
Malika Bangle: ITA Scholarship, nominee for Schulich Scholarship
Kylie Bond: ISD Excellence Award, Ben & Marjorie King Scholarship, Interlake Community Foundation Leadership Award, French Certificate
Madeline Boonstra: ISD Proficiency Award, ISD Excellence Award, Outstanding School Service Award, Grades 9 to 12 Highest Academic, WCI Student Leadership Award, Ben Elskamp Memorial Award, Bryan Lefley Scholarship, Chown Centennial Scholarship, One Insurance and Wawanesa Insurance Community Engagement Bursary, University of Manitoba Entrance Scholarship, MHSAA Credit Unions of Manitoba Scholar Athletic Award
Laura Brad: Lifetouch Grad Portrait Scholarship, Woodlands District Ladies Auxiliary Award
Brooklyn Buchanan: Northwest Law Enforcement Academy Entrance Scholarship
Jessica Buhler: ISD Excellence Award, IANTE Scholarship, Merit Contractors Association of Manitoba Scholarship, Michael Lindell Scholarship, Stony Mountain/Stonewall Masonic Lodge No. 12 Scholarship, William M.A. Campbell Memorial Scholarship
Darren Bullied: CDC Leadership Award, French Certificate
Myla Chastelaine Pasoquen: Meadow Lea Community Award, Starting Blocks
Ciarra deLaroque: ISD Excellence Award, RM of Woodlands Scholarship, Woodlands Hall Board
Asa France: Warren Herizon & Warren Lions Sponsorship
Hannah France: Outstanding School Service Award, WCI Student Leadership Award, Ben & Marjorie King Scholarship, Betsy Elskamp Memorial Award, French Certificate
Bren Hunter: Grosse Isle Women’s Institute, ICF Leadership Award, University of Manitoba Entrance Scholarship
Payton Janke: Manitoba Pool Sub-District No. 802 Memorial Bursary, Marquette Consumer Co-op, Meadow Lea United Church, Myra Langrell Scholarship, University of Manitoba Agricultural and Food Sciences, Centennial Entrance Scholarship
Kayleigh Malcolm: Governor General’s Academic Medal, ISD Excellence Award, Lake Francis Hall, Warren and District Lions Club, William and Francis Dutka Memorial Scholarship, Dalhousie University Entrance Scholarship
Alana Matthews: Meadow Lea United Church
Isabelle McDonald: Woodlands Legion No. 248 Kaylee Atchison-Heaps Citizenship Award
Marc Normand: Caisse Groupe Financier, Interlake Bus Drivers’ Association, Lake Francis Hall
Connor Oleschak: Warren Herizon and District Lions Club
Nicholas Peixoto: Michael Lindell Memorial Scholarship
Willow Reimer: Abby Margetts Memorial Arts Scholarship, James Family Scholarship, Walter Malazdrewich Memorial Award
Owen Tataryn: CDC Trades Scholarship Award, Woodlands District Wildlife Association
Jacee Turner: ISD Excellence Award, Warren and District Lions Club, Luella Sprung Memorial Entrance Scholarship, Special Entrance Scholarship