Max Harrison

Max Harrison

Hazelton grads take their diplomas

This year is another proud one for parents, teachers, staff and families of Hazelton Secondary school 2011 graduates and it showed at this year’s annual graduation ceremony on Saturday afternoon in the gymnasium.

This year is another proud one for parents, teachers, staff and families of Hazelton Secondary school 2011 graduates and it showed at this year’s annual graduation ceremony on Saturday afternoon in the gymnasium.

The day started with the group photos at K’san where the weather cooperated and the rain held off. From there the grads headed to the school where the ceremony got underway at 2:30 p.m. starting with the Traditional Territory welcome by Nikateen (Frances Sampson).

Grade 10 student, Eli Larson then sang O’Canada and the candle light procession followed. This year’s candle lighters were last year’s graduates, Robyn Busby and David Blackburn.

Each student then walked around the audience before heading to the stage to receive their diploma from Vice Principal Adam Moore.

Once all the students were in their places a welcome was given in all three languages by three of the grads. Brooke Spooner spoke in english, Hayley Harris welcomed everyone in Gitxsanimx and Jessica St. John finished with her french greeting.

Keynote speakers this year were local MLA Doug Donaldson, School Board Superintendent, Nancy Wells and local trustee Lyn Newbery. Newbery had a map on the screen during her speech which showed all the places H.S.S. grads were working around the world and most people were quite impressed at the amount of little dots decorating the globe.

Next came the farewell to the staff speech by Morgan eye and Matthea Wiebe and the farewell to staff from Moore.

However what followed in the next two presentations would be almost impossible to top for those in attendance. First was the “History and Prophecy” segment by Karl Wyssen and Max Harrison. This dynamic duo had a comedy act that had everyone in fits of laughter as they colourfully talked about several of their fellow students and what they figured the future held for them.

If that wasn’t hard enough to top, Valedictorian Tait Chandler caught everyone up in his spell bound open ended poem for his address. Filled with passion, enthusiasm, intellectual insight, humour and a compelling honesty, Chandler left almost everyone there in a state of awe. As the recipient of the two most coveted scholarships in Canada, it quickly became apparent to many how talented this young man was, many said following the ceremony.

Following that, the awards and bursaries were awarded by Principal Leontine Wiebe and Moore closed things out shortly thereafter.

While there were many awards and bursaries there were also 54 graduates this year and the staff of Hazelton wanted to congratulate all of them on their success and they are as follows: Stephen Azak, Tiffany Bennett, Joeseph Bowden, Kassie Bright, Nathan Bright, Lora-Lee Campbell, Tait Chandler, Ksandra Collier, Katrina Cote, Murray Dennis, Oscar Dennis, Keith Good, Hayley Harris, Alana Harrison, Maxwell Harrison, Brandon Jackson, Brittney Jackson, Gabriel Jackson, Raylene Johnson, Vernon Joseph, Chantel Lattie, Ricky Letendre, Skylar Maitland, Derryck McLean, Paul Morgan, Mary Beth Mowatt, Julian Muldoe, Brooke Muldon, John Nelson, Hailey Robinson, Julie Rush, Arnold Russell Jr., Cyndi Russell, Dillon Russell, Samantha Russell, Shawna Russell, Darion Sampare, Brooke Simpson, Thomas Smith, Brooke Spooner, Jessica St. John, Jared Stewart, Logan Topinka, Steven Turner, Cindy Weget, Jamie-Lee Wesley, Matthea Wiebe, Megan Wiley, Gavin Wilson, Hailey Wilson, Isabella Wilson, Olivia Wolfenden, Karl Wyssen and Morgan Yee.