Monthly Archives: July 2014

UCHS scholarship and bursary winners

Winners of local scholarships and bursaries at Unity Composite High School, Unity, SK, June 27. Congratulations to all 2014 grads!

Adam Wallace was the winner of the Grade 12 Proficiency Award, honour cord and the Governor General Academic Medal. The medal was presented by Jim Sego of the Unity Lions Club.

UCHS 2014 graduation

The first scholarship of the day, sponsored by Living Sky School Division and presented by school board member Ronna Pethick, went to Courtney Boser. Courtney also won the Unity Lions Club bursary.

Ronna Pethick and Courtney Boser

Allison Kuhn won four bursaries – Unity Wildlife Federation,  Order of the Royal Purple, Steven Wesolowski, Jimmy and Ethel Anderson – and a scholarship from the Unity Ag Society. She was also given the Living Sky School Division Technology and Innovation Award, which was presented by Jim Shevchuk, superintendent of curriculum.

Jim Shevchuk and Allison Kuhn

Brittany Lacoursiere won the St. Peters CWL bursary and a Knights of Columbus bursary, the latter being presented by Dan Wilgenbusch.

Dan Wilgenbusch and Brittany Lacoursiere

Retiring UCHS principal Maureen Robertson presented Devan Bertoia with the Jeffrey Glen Bounting bursary. Devan also received a Unity Credit Union scholarship and a Knights of Columbus bursary.

Maureen Robertson and Devan Bertoia

Zoher Rafid-Hamed won a Unity Credit Union scholarship, one of two UCHS Leadership and Dedication Awards, the Access Communications scholarship, the Jenai Danielle Bounting Bursary and one of two Isabelle Anderson physical science bursaries.  Principal Robertson made the presentation of the Jenai Danielle Bounting Bursary.

Maureen Robertson and Zoher Rafid-Hamed

Jessica Weber won the second UCHS Leadership and Dedication Award, presented to her by former vice-principal Ruth Cey. Mrs. Cey will be the new principal at UCHS when school resumes in the fall. Jessica also won the Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary bursary and a Knights of Columbus bursary.

Ruth Cey and Jessica Weber

Brittany Hauta was awarded a Unity Health Care Auxiliary scholarship, the Delta Co-op scholarship and a Knights of Columbus bursary, the latter being presented by Dan Wilgenbusch. Wilgenbusch, former principal of St. Peters School, also retired at the end of June.

Dan Wilgenbusch and Brittany Hauta

Kylie Walz was awarded the other Unity Health Care Auxliary scholarship, as well as the Tommy Rutherford Masonic bursary, which was presented by Vern Burns.

Vern Burns and Kylie Walz

The David Ray Surine Bursary and the Downtown Medical Clinic scholarship were both awarded to Shevaun Feser. Dr. Lyle Williams and Shevie shared a laugh on stage during the presentation of the medical clinic scholarship.

Dr. Lyle Williams and Shevaun Feser

The Construction Labour Association of Saskatchewan scholarship for someone entering the trades was awarded to Andrew Risling, with the presentation being made by UCHS teacher James Herrick.

James Herrick and Andrew Risling

Toni-Lynn Burnell won the Ed Burnell and family bursary, which was presented to her by her aunt, Stacey Davies.

Stacey Davies and Toni Burnell

Carolyn Loadman presented the CUPE 4747 scholarship to Erin Bick.

Carolyn Loadman and Erin Bick

Unity Royal Canadian Legion member Si Campbell congratulated Jennifer Field as he presented her with the Legion scholarship.

Silas Campbell and Jennifer Field

The Tommy Rutherford Masonic scholarship was awarded to Devin Boser by Vern Burns.Vernon Burns and Devin Boser

One of two Isabelle Anderson physical science bursaries went to Mackenzie Chorney. Mackenzie also won the Candace Heitt Sports Bursary, presented by Tristan Humble-Halter.

Tristan Humble-Halter and Mackenzie Chorney

One of two Dr. Robert Knowles scholarships was awarded to Mickayla Brandle. Butch Boskill was the presenter and was especially pleased to be able to present the scholarship to a hunting buddy of his.

Butch Boskill and Mickayla Brandle

Masonic Lodge member Don Wallace was likewise please to be able to present his grandson Adam Wallace with the last Reg Cantelon scholarship. Adam also won the Lions Club scholarship, a Jimmy and Ethel Anderson bursary and one of two Dr. Robert Knowles scholarships.

Don Wallace and Adam Wallace

Monday’s paper

With school now out for the summer, look for news on the final days of school at all three Unity, SK schools in the upcoming Unity Wilkie Press-Herald, such as:

  • a report on the 2014 graduation ceremonies at UCHS, and a full list of local scholarship winners;
  • a year-end report from UPS with photos from the Grade 6s’ trip to Regina;
  • photos from St. Peter’s year-end awards presentations and talent show; and
  • a report on Luseland School’s grad too.

Also in next week’s paper, a rain report, new traffic safety laws effective June 27 and an explanation of the new anti-spam law effective July 1.

UCHS grad 2014

Unity Composite High School graduating class of 2014 and MC teacher Kyle Wood

2014 UCHS Valedictorian’s Address

2014 UCHS Valedictorian As winner of the Grade 12 Proficiency Award and Honour Cord, 2014 Unity Composite High School graduand Adam Wallace was this year’s valedictorian at the cap and gown graduation ceremonies held June 27. The UCHS graduating class of 2014, teachers, family and friends gathered in the senior gym at Unity SK for the ceremonies.

Adam’s speech:

Good morning family, friends, teachers, honoured guests, and fellow graduates.  My name is Adam Wallace, and it is an honour to be named the valedictorian of this class.  These 38 people on stage are some of the most outstanding I know.

 On behalf of the grad class, I would like to thank the staff of all of the schools in Unity: St. Peters, Unity Public School, and especially Unity Composite High School.  Some people may think that teaching is an easy job because you only work from 9:00 to 3:30 and get summers off.  We appreciate the many hours they spend outside the classroom coaching, being involved with school committees, and providing extra help before and after school hours. 

 We would also like to congratulate our principal, Mrs. Robertson, on her retirement.  We appreciate that you have been waiting for the best graduating class to retire with.

Next, we would like to thank our parents and families.  You have been helping and guiding us since the day we were born.  The lessons you taught us were the first things we ever learned and set the foundation of who we are today.  Thank you for your continued love, encouragement, and support as we make our own path in the world.

We also want to thank our community.  Many people outside of our school have played a part in our growth.  This includes coaches, instructors, and anyone else who takes time from their day to make Unity a better place.  This is one of the best towns in the world to live in, and it’s because of the effort put in by people like you.

The last group I want to thank are my fellow graduates.  You guys are the greatest people I know.  To be honest, there are some days where I felt that I learned more from my classmates than from a textbook.  As we end our high school years and begin the next stage of our lives, I wish you all the best of luck in your future plans, whatever they may be.

 In closing, I would like to share a quote from Alexander Graham Bell.  “When one door closes, another door opens; but we so often look so long and regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”  I hope that many doors open for all of us.  Thank you.

UCHS 2014 graduates

As he returns to his seat on the bleachers after giving his address, valedictorian Adam Wallace receives a standing ovation from his fellow 2014 UCHS graduates at Unity SK, June 27.


RCMP Report for June 10 to 16, 2014

UNITY SK RCMP REPORTS for June 10 to 16, 2014

A 21-year-old Unity female was charged with uttering threats and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose after RCMP received a complaint of uttering threats.

Police received a complaint of fraud but it was unfounded.

CN Police reported a malfunction with the railway crossing arms.

RCMP received a complaint of locks being changed at a residence without the owner’s knowledge.

Police received a report of a vehicle damaged as someone was throwing items in an alley. This matter is still under investigation.

Members noticed a broken window at J & E Convenience Store. This matter is still under investigation.

RCMP received a complaint of a male damaging a vehicle. This matter is still under investigation.

Police attended an assault in the co-op parking lot. A 42-year-old male and a 33-year-old female, both from Unity, were charged with assault.

RCMP are investigating the theft of a vehicle from a rural residence that was located stuck in a field. There has recently been an increase in vehicle thefts in rural areas. The RCMP would like to remind everyone to remove their keys from their vehicles, remove valuables and park vehicles  in well lit areas.

There were two false 911 calls, one traffic complaint and one false alarm.