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Scholarship presentations at UCHS grad – Part 3 of 3

(Please see the July 8th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald for complete graduation ceremony coverage. The June 24th issue of the Press-Herald has photos of each individual grad, along with their names and those of their parents.)

The final set of winners of local scholarships and bursaries at Unity Composite High School, Unity, SK, June 30. Congratulations to all 2016 grads!

23 Legion Ladies Auxiliary - Natalie Keller

 

 

Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary Bursary – presented by Dale Cumming to Natalie Keller

 

 

 

 

24 Legion - Cody Thompson

 

 

Royal Canadian Legion, Unity Branch #90 Bursary – presented by Dale Cumming to Cody Thompson

 

 

 

 

Tommy Rutherford Masonic Scholarship and Bursary – presented by Ed Houser to Iza Belle Lucenio and Ashley Mock

25 Tommy Rutherford - Iza Belle Lucenio25 Tommy Rutherford Bursay - Ashley Mock

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jimmy and Ethel Anderson Bursaries – presented by Marion Kelly to Cindy Chang and by Ed Houser to Elise Stifter

26b Jimmy & Ethel Anderson - Elise Stifter

26 Jimmy and Ethel Anderson - Cindy Chang

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isabelle Anderson Physical Sciences Bursaries – presented by Ed Houser to Byron Hauta and Brennae Hofmann

27 Isabell Anderson Physical Sciences - Byron Hauta27b Isabelle Anderson Physical Sciences - Brennae Hofmann

 

 

 

 

 

 

28 John Coid Masonic Memorial Bursary - Katrina Laing

 

 

John Coid Masonic Memorial Bursary – presented by Ed Houser to Katrina Laing

 

 

 

29 Prairie Branches - Michaela Deck

 

 

Prairie Branches Scholarship – presented by Colleen Friesen to Michaela Deck

 

 

 

30 Candace Heitt Sports Bursary - Cody Thompson

 

 

Candace Heitt Sports Bursary – presented by Donna Boser to Cody Thompson

 

 

 

 

31 Unity Ag Society - Ashley Mock

 

 

Unity Agricultural Society Scholarship – presented by Elaine Sperle to Ashley Mock

 

 

 

32b Dr Robert P Knowles - Robyn Sperle

 

 

Dr. Robert P. Knowles Scholarship – presented by Butch Boskill to Robyn Sperle

 

 

Tomorrow’s paper

Check out the July 8th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald for:

  • detailed UCHS grad coverage;
  • photos from Unity’s Canada Day celebrations;
  • photos from the Senlac parade, part of Senlac’s 100th anniversary homecoming celebrations; and
  • a NSRBL update, along with a new RCMP report, Top 10 and an editorial on pollution.

Below, Raelyn McAleer at the podium as she makes her valedictory address to her fellow graduates and the audience at the cap and gown Unity Composite High School graduation ceremony June 30:

Raelynn McAleer

 

Scholarship presentations at UCHS grad – Part 2 of 3

(Please see the July 8th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald for complete graduation ceremony coverage. The June 24th issue of the Press-Herald has photos of each individual grad, along with their names and those of their parents.)

More winners of local scholarships and bursaries at Unity Composite High School, Unity, SK, June 30. Congratulations to all 2016 grads!

12 Sask Apprenticeship Award - Tyson Senger

 

 

Saskatchewan Apprenticeship Award – presented by Mathew Poirier to Tyson Senger

 

 

 

13 Unity Wildlife Federation - Cody Thompson

 

 

Unity Wildlife Federation Bursary – presented by Martin Berg to Cody Thompson

 

 

 

14 Tyler Glackin Memorial - Rommel Biri

 

 

Tyler Glackin Memorial Bursary – presented by Kyla Snell to Rommel Biri

 

 

 

Unity Lions Club Bursary and Scholarship – presented by Joe Reddekopp to Raelyn McAleer and to Katrina Laing

15 Lions Club Bursary - Raelyn McAleer15b Lions Club Scholarship - Katrina Laing

 

 

 

 

 

 

16 PDG Lions John Coid Memorial - Gianne Demafelix

 

 

PDG Lions John Coid Memorial Bursary – presented by Joe Reddekopp to Gianne Demafelix

 

 

 

17 - Royal Purple - Brett Kuhn

 

 

 

Order of the Royal Purple Bursary – presented by Elaine Sperle to Brett Kuhn

 

 

 

18 Ed Burnell & Family - Katrina Laing

 

 

Ed Burnell and Family Bursary – presented by Ron Weslowski to Katrina Laing

 

 

 

19 Steven Weslowski Bursary - Cody Thompson

 

 

 

Steven Weslowski Bursary – presented by Ron Weslowski to Cody Thompson

 

 

 

20 CUPE Local 4747 - Michaela Deck

 

 

CUPE 4747 Scholarship – presented by Michelle Squires to Michaela Deck

 

 

 

 

21 Downtown Medical Clinic - Elise Stifter

 

 

Downtown Medical Clinic Scholarship – presented by Dr. Linda Bloem to Elise Stifter

 

 

 

 

St. Peter’s Knights of Columbus Bursaries – presented by Richard Colbow to Elise Stifter and Byron Hauta

22 Knights of Columbus - Elise Stifter22b Knights of Columbus - Byron Hauta

 

Scholarship presentations at UCHS grad – Part 1 of 3

(Please see the July 8th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald for complete graduation ceremony coverage. The June 24th issue of the Press-Herald has photos of each individual grad, along with their names and those of their parents.)

Winners of local scholarships and bursaries at Unity Composite High School, Unity, SK, June 30. Congratulations to all 2016 grads!

Governor General's Academic Medal

 

 

Raelyn McAleer was the winner of the Grade 12 Proficiency Award, honour cord and the Governor General’s Academic Medal.

 

 

Congratulations!

 

Living Sky School Division Board Scholarship – presented by board member Ronna Pethick to graduate Robyn Sperle.

 

 

 

 

2 CWL - Elise Stifter

 

 

 

St. Peter’s CWL Bursary – awarded to Elise Stifter

 

 

 

Unity Credit Union Scholarship and Bursary – presented by GM Gerald Hauta to Cindy Chang and to Raelyn McAleer

3b Unity Credit Union - Raelyn McAleer3 Unity Credit Union - Cindy Chang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unity Health Care Auxiliary Scholarships – presented by Sandra Glassford to Ayob Rafid-Hamed and Megan Bloder

4 Health Care Auxiliary - Ayob Rafid-Hamed4b Health Care Auxiliary - Megan Bloder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Matthew Borden Bursary - Michaela Deck

 

 

Matthew Borden Bursary – presented by Maureen Robertson to Michaela Deck

 

 

 

 

UCHS Senior Leadership and Dedication Awards – presented by Ken Parker to Brett Kuhn and by Ann Marie David to Iza Belle Lucenio

6b Leadership - Iza Belle Lucenio6 - Leadership Award - Brett Kuhn

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 - Access Commmunications - Byron Hauta

 

 

Access Communications Scholarship – presented by Greg Bick to Byron Hauta

 

 

 

8 Delta Co-op - Caitlin Moon

 

 

Delta Co-operative Association Bursary – presented by GM Joe Reddekopp to Caitlin Moon

 

 

 

9 Jenai Danieele Bounting - Cody Thompson

 

 

 

Jenai Danielle Bounting Bursary – presented by Maureen Robertson to Cody Thompson

 

 

 

10 David Ray Surine - Elise Stifter

 

 

 

David Ray Surine Bursary – presented by Maureen Robertson to  Elise Stifter

 

 

 

11 Jeffrey Glen Bounting - Iza Belle Lucenio

 

 

 

Jeffrey Glen Bounting Bursary – presented by Maureen Robertson to Iza Belle Lucenio

 

 

 

Photos of additional presentations to be posted later this week in two further installments.

Tomorrow’s paper

Our Grade 12 students are in the midst of their final high school exams and then it will be time to truly celebrate! Yes, tomorrow’s edition of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald is the annual grad feature. Be sure to get your copy and check out all the graduates in Unity, Wilkie and Luseland. If you have someone graduating, you may want to pick up an extra copy or two of the paper for grandparents, etc.

Along with the special pages on our grads, the June 24th Press-Herald also has:

  • an article on retiring UCHS teacher, Martin Berg;
  • an NSRBL report on where the Cardinals are at (their last non-playoff home game is this upcoming Tuesday, June 28);
  • the latest Sask Ag crop report; and
  • an introduction to the guest speaker at the Living Sky Student Hall of Fame night, along with highlights from his speech.

You will also find information on where you can pick up your paper if the threatened postal strike next month comes to pass.

Below, hats litter the gym floor after the traditional grad toss at UCHS in 2015.

after the hat toss

Luseland Valedictorian – Class of 2014

Shawna-Lynn Meier, daughter of Patrick Meier, was the valedictorian for the Luseland  School Class of 2014. We thank Shawna for sharing her speech with us! And thank you to Gerri Olfert for sharing her photo of Shawna at the podium!

Valedictorian - Luseland Class of 2014

I would like to start out by thanking everybody for coming; you guys really succeeded at making us feel special tonight.

Next I would like to thank our teachers because – well, let’s face it, without them we wouldn’t be sitting up here today. With that, I would like to give an apology to Mrs. Fischer on behalf of my class because – well, let’s face it, we weren’t the role model class.

And lastly I would like to thank my class, because without you guys I wouldn’t have even half the memories I will get to take home with me today.

In 50 years from now, when I look back at my high school years I’m not going to remember who had the highest average, who did better on what assignment or even what everybody drove! What I will remember is my classmates, their personalities and what great memories I had with them!

Our little family started way back in kindergarten with, Nick, Virginia, Ashley, Ryshan, Dustin, Christopher and Masyn. We got to know each other through arts and crafts, playing in the sand box and making castles with the big blocks that are still to this day in the kindergarten room. Growing up I learned things about each these people that I will never forget them for.

I will always remember Nick for coming into English late almost every day in Grade 12 and throwing his book on the table making as much noise as possible….. even after Mrs. Wetzil asked him not to for the 30th time.

I will always remember Virginia for being the one who held the clarinets together in band, yeahhhh whenever you left we sounded terrible.

Ashley I will remember as a person who will never give up, this is because she fell off one of my horses about five times in one hour but she never wanted to take a break or quit, after each time she got back on and pretended it never happened.

Ryshan I will remember for her ninja moves. One day walking through the cow pasture I thought it would be a funny idea to yell cow! And well before I could even blink she was gone and through the fence without even touching it.

Dustin I will remember for our competitions of who could beat who to Kindersly on days we had to do work experience…. Yeaaaahhh I think we both began leaving earlier and earlier each morning for that reason.

I will remember Christopher for his ability to almost yell any type of profanity in any class and not get caught or even realized by a teacher….

Masyn will be remembered for her bravery, because she was the only person brave enough to get thrown into the caraganas at my 10th birthday party.

In Grade 3 Luke was added to our family, crying and clinging to his mom’s leg at first but soon he adapted and made a good addition

Luke will be remembered for his mullet, jords, and plaid shirts…..at the same time

In Grade 5 Lars was added to our family with all his Discovery Channel knowledge. I will always remember Lars for crashing into a semi.

We continued as our small family, playing grounders and having pop and chip class parties until Grade 10 when we had another two new additions, Emily and Lindsey. I will always remember Emily for her involuntary glares. She doesn’t mean to glare at you; she swears it’s just how she looks sometimes, but we wonder sometimes.

Lindsey will be remembered for her awesome bracelet-making skills. Whenever I look at starbursts, I will think of you.

In Grade 11, Sammi joined our little family, just in time to experience the Luseland life at its prime. I will remember Sammi for our grain truck cruises at harvest.

In Grade 12, just as we thought our little family was done, Tim joined. We didn’t really get to know Tim very well but I will remember him for his ability to talk … a lot … in any situation.

Our class didn’t always get along all the time but we were always there for each other whether it was helping each other make difficult decisions or helping Christopher finish his assignments.

If I could give my class any advice, it would be to always climb for the top of the ladder because the only thing that should stand between you and the top of the ladder … is the ladder.

And lastly a quote from Dr. Seuss: “You have brains on your head, you have feet on your shoes, you can steer yourself in any direction you choose, you’re on your own, and you know what you know, you’re the guy who’ll decide where to go.”

Thank You.

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

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.

 

UCHS Graduation – 2013

Oh, The Places We’ll Go

Graduation diplomas were handed out to 35 Grade 12 students at Unity Composite High School, June 28. Scholarships were awarded, pecial accomplishments recognized and speeches made.

Principal Maureen Robertson addressed the graduating class, speaking on strength and gentleness. MC Neil Ehnisz thanked the community for its support of UCHS students, noting
the total amount of local scholarship money being handed out that morning to students was approximately $20,000. To see the complete list of scholarship winners, please see the July 8th issue of the Unity-Wilkie Press-Herald.

Shelby Solomko

Shelby Solomko was recognized for her leadership and volunteer activities at the UCHS graduation ceremonies.

Jonathan Neigum

With a 97.9% average in his Grade 12 classes, Jonathan Neigum won the honour of delivering the 2013 UCHS valedictory address.

Shelby Solomko won the UCHS Leadership and Dedication Award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Neigum received the Grade 12 Proficiency Award and Honour Cord for the highest Grade 12 average. Jonathan also won the Governor General’s Medal for being the student with the highest combined average for both Grades 11 and 12.

If you would like to read Jonathan’s speech, see http://unitystories.com/uchs-valedictorian-address-2013/

Luseland School – 2013 Graduation

Small Town, Big Dreams

Luseland Homecoming Hall was packed with friends, relatives and proud parents
June 29, attending to celebrate with and applaud the 15 graduates of Luseland School’s class of 2013.

Grade 12 diplomas and academic awards were handed out to each student, as well as a number of scholarships. For a complete list of scholarship winners, please see the July 8th issue of the Unity-Wilkie Press-Herald.

Luseland Grad - Colton Upton

Top student Colton Upton receives his diploma from retiring principal Murray Wankel.

The two scholarships awarded to the student with the highest average went to Colton Upton.

Senior shop teacher, Michael Hagel was the guest speaker. Having known all the students since Grade 8, he compared each to a food in a humorous talk about “the Grade 12 student buffet.”

Luseland School valedictorian

Jeremy Campbell, 2013 valedictorian for Luseland School’s graduating class.

As well as winning a large number of scholarships, graduate Jeremy Campbell was chosen by the class to be the 2013 valedictorian. Jeremy spoke about each classmate and remembered former classmates who were no longer with them.