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Valedictorian tells Oxford grads to Stay Gold

OXFORD Ryan Fahey isnt a greaser, but a reference he made to a quote from a novel he studied in Grade 10 only seemed fitting.

As Johnny once stated in The Outsiders as a reference from Robert Frosts poem called Nothing Gold Can Stay, Johnny said Youre gold when youre a kid, Ponyboy, when youre a kid everythings new, like dawn. He is right. Our golden high school years are over, so now we search for new gold, in new places, with new people, Fahey said during his valedictory address at the Oxford Regional High School graduation last Thursday.

ORHS, whose school colours are black and gold, graduated 31 students this year.

Class of 2007 dismissed

OXFORD Ryan Fahey isnt a greaser, but a reference he made to a quote from a novel he studied in Grade 10 only seemed fitting.

As Johnny once stated in The Outsiders as a reference from Robert Frosts poem called Nothing Gold Can Stay, Johnny said Youre gold when youre a kid, Ponyboy, when youre a kid everythings new, like dawn. He is right. Our golden high school years are over, so now we search for new gold, in new places, with new people, Fahey said during his valedictory address at the Oxford Regional High School graduation last Thursday.

ORHS, whose school colours are black and gold, graduated 31 students this year.

Principal Frank Lambert said if he had to give one piece of advice to the grads, it would be to be prepared for all that life throws their way.

The world is changing quickly and youve got to be prepared for lots of changes. These guys would remember cassettes going to CDs and DVDs and thats just the tip of the iceberg, Lambert said. Weve got a lot of change coming. These kids have to realize that theyre going to be in a position that if they get a good education, theyll be able to adapt to change well.

In Faheys speech, he thanked parents and teachers for all the hard work theyve done in molding the graduates into the individuals theyve become.

Our coaches and teachers have all taught us how to be leaders, individuals, part of a team, a student, and a person, Fahey said. Also, if it wasnt for our parents supporting us daily through cash, the car, a peanut butter and jam sandwich, or just a new pair of jeans that would make everyone look twice, they have helped us all out doing everything they could for us.

With his final statement, Fahey went back to The Outsiders for some words of advice to his classmates.

Stay gold grads of ORHS, stay gold. Oxford Class of 2007 Travis Adshade Chad Blanchard Brent Boyer Jillian Brookins Bruce Brownell Amber Carde Brittany Cotton Amanda Dennis Peter Dickie Tim Ellis Ryan Fahey Josh Hunter Ashlea MacDonald Chris Matheson Julie McLellan Kaitlyn Mills Wassim Mohamad Katelyn Moore J.R. Murray Jessica Oickle Brian Purcell Kyle Purdy Tiffany Purdy Alana Rushton Justin Schwenzer Josh Spence Mitchell Swan Auley Taylor Dustin Tomlinson Brodie Trenholm Tyler Wood Oxford Regional High School Awards Travis Adshade Nova Scotia Freemasons Scholarship Wimburn #75 - $750 Jillian Brookins* Oxford Pharmasave Bursary - $1,000; Queen Elizabeth II Medal Brittany Cotton* Edith Thompson Chignecto Family of Schools Bursary - $300; Llaina Donkin Mount Allison Bursary - $1,000; Oxford Volunteer Fire Department Scholarship - $250; Canadian Salt CED Union Labour Management Bursary - $210 Amanda Dennis* Royal Bank of Canada Amherst Bursary - $500; Nova Scotia and West Cumberland Amateur Radio Association Bursary - $100; Marilyn Thompson School Board Representative Bursary - $125 Peter Dickie Bobby Mattinson Memorial Bursary - $100; Grade 12 Progress Award Ryan Fahey* St. Francis Xavier University Scholarship - $3,500; Royal Canadian Legion #36 Oxford Legion Poppy Fund - $300; Oxford & Area Lions Club Bursary - $500; Tracy G. Black CGA Bursary - $500; Cumberland County South Liberal Association - $50; Oxford Regional High Staff Bursary - $360; Hart Trophy; Principals Medal Ashlea MacDonald Prince Arthur Boarding Home Bursary - $100; Nova Scotia and West Cumberland Amateur Radio Association Bursary - $100; Cumberland South PC Association MLA Murray Scott Bursary - $100; Vice-Principals Medal Julie McLellan * Isabel Simpson Bursary, All Saints Community Health Care Foundation - $200; Cedar Temple #21 Pythian Sisters Memorial Bursary - $300; Aliant Telecom Pioneers Bursary - $100; Marilyn Thompson School Board Representative Bursary - $125; Betty Rector Memorial Trophy MVP Senior Girls Basketball Kaitlyn Mills Marjorie Hickman Memorial Bursary - $100; Royal Bank of Canada Amherst Bursary - $500; Canadian Legion #36 Oxford Legion Poppy Fund Bursary - $300 Katelyn Moore** Nova Scotia Recycles Contest - $1,500; MacDonald Surveys Bursary - $100; Dalhousie University Entrance Scholarship - $1,500; Community Credit Union Bursary - $500; Governor General Medal JR Murray GED Bursary - $320; Shady Rest Estates Bursary - $100; Oxford Firefighters Ladies Auxiliary Bursary - $100; Oxford & Area Lions Club Bursary - $500 Jessica Oickle Shady Rest Estates Bursary - $100; Harry and Eileen Oickle Memorial Bursary - $250; J & P Farm Scholarship - $400; Cumberland County 4-H Council Award - $200; Cedar Temple #21 Pythian Sisters Memorial Bursary - $300 Kyle Purdy Town of Oxford Bursary - $500; Darren (Pugs) Wood Memorial Bursary - $100 Tiffany Purdy* Nova Scotia Freemasons Scholarship Widows Son Lodge #48 - $500; Agricultural College Entrance Scholarship - $1,000 Colfax Rebecca Lodge #7 I.O.O.F. Bursary - $300 Alana Rushton Oxford Volunteer Fire Department Bursary - $250; Oxford Firefighters Ladies Auxiliary Bursary - $100; Nova Scotia Community College Cumberland Campus Entrance Award - $2,600 Mitchell Swan Nova Scotia Freemasons Scholarship Wimburn #75 - $750 Auley Taylor Betty Rector Bursary - $330; Fred Nix Memorial Bursary - $500; Darren (Pugs) Wood Memorial Bursary - $100 Brodie Trenholm Canadian Salt CED Union Labour Management Bursary - $210 Tyler Wood Nova Scotia Freemasons Scholarship Wimburn #75 - $750 Nova Scotia Freemasons Scholarship Widows Son Lodge #48 - $500 Howie Wood Memorial Bursary - $1000 *Graduated with honours **Graduated with honours with distinction

Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College, Oxford Regional High School, Fire Department CED Union Royal Bank of Canada Amherst Marilyn Thompson School Board St. Francis Xavier University Aliant Telecom Dalhousie University Kyle Purdy Town

Geographic location: Oxford, Nova Scotia, Cumberland County South Faheys West Cumberland All Saints Community Shady Rest

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