Springhill High School sends 41 full-fledged adults ready for the world out the door

Brad Works
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SPRINGHILL - "It is not the memories that define SHS; it is the people within them."

With those words from co-valedictorian Andrew Ellis, 41 of Springhill's brightest young minds wrapped up six years of learning as Springhill High School completed graduation ceremonies for 2007 here last night before a gathering of friends and family at the Dr. Carson and Marian Community Centre.

Sharing the valedictory address with Ellis was Brittany Herrett who urged her peers to take every shot life gives them.

Springhill High School sends 41 full-fledged adults ready for the world out the door

SPRINGHILL - "It is not the memories that define SHS; it is the people within them."

With those words from co-valedictorian Andrew Ellis, 41 of Springhill's brightest young minds wrapped up six years of learning as Springhill High School completed graduation ceremonies for 2007 here last night before a gathering of friends and family at the Dr. Carson and Marian Community Centre.

Sharing the valedictory address with Ellis was Brittany Herrett who urged her peers to take every shot life gives them.

"For as a group, what we lack in numbers we make up in spirit, maybe sometimes a little too much. As individuals we are confident and prepared to begin the rest of our lives."

In a night filled with the typical smiles, laughter and tears, the students made their way in a procession from their former school to the warm welcome awaiting them at the community centre.

"There are many ups and downs and many bumps along the way yet in this journey we are never alone," Ellis reminded the graduates. "Through it all we are surrounded by warmth and support."

It was a sentiment shared by Herrett.

"I think it is safe to say, our transformation from nervous and overwhelmed Grade 7s, to anxious and overwhelmed grads has not always been a graceful one," she said, adding, "Throughout the many challenges and changes that often accompany adolescence, our family and closest friends have remained faithfully by our sides."

Also on hand to encourage the grads as they enter the next stage of their lives was guest speaker, and former SHS teacher Carol Chapman who, among other things, urged the class of 2007 to learn much, go places, put faces to issues and vote.

"There are two types of learning: formal, what you have had and will go on to acquire more of, and informal, what you pick up every day," Chapman said. "They share equal importance. I believe that we learn form every person and event that occurs."



bworks@amherstdaily.com



Organizations: Springhill High School, Marian Community Centre

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