PRHS grads ready to make their marks

Rose Willigar
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PARRSBORO – The first night of the rest of their lives started at Parrsboro Regional High School on Monday night as the graduating students accepted their diplomas from principal Pam Hoar.

The evening began with the principal congratulating the students on their achievements and wishing them all the best for their futures before introduction to the guest speaker of the evening.

Mayor Lois Smith, a retired PRHS teacher, was guest speaker for the event, remarking that she recognized many parents in the audience as her former students.

“I have no doubt that many of you in the audience are my former students, I feel fortunate to have known you all and watched your careers flourish over the years. A teacher never forgets her students… good or bad,” the former PRHS teacher jokingly said.

Smith continued by addressing the graduating students, telling them they have all left your mark at PRHS, again jokingly, “some on the desks, some on the walls, but in all seriousness all have had an impact on your peers and instructors.”

The mayor closed by wishing the graduates well in their future endeavours telling them to be safe, make wise choices and remember that “we” will always be here for you even though it’s time to let go.

“It’s time for you to take your first step… your future awaits,” Smith said.

Graduating student Ronald Scott addressed his peers as the class valedictorian first by quoting Mark Twain, “never let school interfere with your education.”

Scott ribbed his peers, saying their bond came from winning the school's winter carnival for the past two consecutive years.

Scott wished his classmates well, and thanked parents and teachers for the influence they have had over the duration of his high school academics.

The evening ended with the graduating students receiving bursaries and scholarships and last but not least their diplomas.

Malcolm Campbell was one of the night's big recipients, picking up a $30,000 Department of National Defence and Air Cadet League of Canada Power Plane Scholarship.

Ronald Scott, who also won the Governor General's Academic Medal, was awarded a Crandall University Board of Governors Scholarship of $1,000, renewable for four years, totalling $4,000.

Alyson Pickard received a $1,000 renewable scholarship from Mount Allison University, renewable for three years, totaling $4,000.

Opal Card received a Dalhousie University Entrance Scholarship of $1,000, while Emily Johnston-Smith received a $500 entrance scholarship from the University of New Brunswick, Alexandrea Willigar received a $2,700 entrance award from Nova Scotia Community College and Matthew Tanner received the $1,500 Leta Marie Cochrane Scholarship. Zachary Walton received the Queen Elizabeth II Medal.

Students receiving bursaries and scholarships are as follows;

Parrsborough Shore Historical Society History prize valued at $200 – Ronald Scott,

The Tanya Roberts Memorial Bursary valued at $500 – Emily Johnston-Smith,

Parrsboro Volunteer Fire Department bursaries valued at $300 each – Samantha Shaw and Zachary Walton,

The Wellington Gavin Memorial Bursary valued at $250 – Colin Smith,

The Clara Gavin Memorial Bursary valued at $250 – Emily Johnston-Smith,

Richard MacAleese Memorial Bursary valued at $100 – Brian Stewart,

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 45 and the ladies auxiliary of Branch 45 each valued at $500 – Samantha Harvey and Sarah Gilbert,

The Parrsboro and Area Home and School Association Achievement Bursary valued at $300 – Adeline McPhee,

Perley Wright Memorial Bursary valued at $250 – Kaitlin Pettigrew,

Dr. Mary Kernohan Memorial Bursary valued at $300 – Emily Johnston-Smith,

Teachers’ Educational Bursaries - $100 Zachary Walton and $200 Nevan Dowe-McCulley,

James and Alice Fulton Memorial Bursary - $100 Brett McCulley,

Julia and Percy Atkinson Memorial Bursary - $100 Tyler Babineau,

Students’ Council Bursary – Opal Card,

Murray Fulton Memorial Bursary - $100 Tyler Babineau,

Shore Drive Community development Association Awards – each valued at $100 – Nevan Dowe-McCulley, Byron James Warren, Matthew Tanner, Evan Canning, Bailee Cormier, Zachary Walton and Brian Stewart,

Minas lodge Freemasons Scholarship - $500 Emily Johnston-Smith,

Doyle Family Bursary - $500 Ronald Scott,

Ken’s Grocery Bursary - $200 Colin Smith,

The Murray Scott MLA Progressive Conservative Association Award - $100 Justin Harrison,

Hicks, LeMoine Bursary - $100 Nevan Dowe-McCully,

Parrsboro Over 60 Club Awards - $100 each Samantha Canning and Andrew McCulley,

The Eastlink Cable Bursary - $250 Christopher Salter,

The Oxford Frozen Foods Ltd., Bursary - $250 Evan Canning,

Nova Scotia Teachers Union Bursary - $499 Emily Johnston-Smith,

The PRHS Drama Association Bursary - $100 Ben George,

Crossroads Co-op Bursaries - $250 each Matthew Shirley, Opal Card and Tyler Babineau,

Chartwells’ Bursary - $100 Ben George,

Cumberland Club Aliant Telecom Pioneers Bursary - $100 Justin Harrison,

Andrew Yorke Memorial Bursaries - $500 each Opal Card and Bo Lattie,

Parrsboro Lions Club Bursary - $500 Alyson Pickard,

The Rector Family Bursaries - $100 each Samantha Canning and Andrew McCulley,

The Don Yorke Memorial Bursary - $600 Sarah Gilbert,

The Gemma Black Memorial Bursary - $100 Opal Card,

Parrsboro Metal Fabricators Bursaries - $150 each Tyler Babineau, Emily Johnston-Smith, Alyson Pickard, Evan Canning and Colin Smith,

Parrsboro Regional High School Student Police Awards - $150 each Jennifer Currie, Kaitlin Pettigrew and Tyler Babineau,

Girl Guides of Canada Bursary - $100 Samantha Canning,

Garnet J. Colwell Award - $100 Bailee Cormier,

C.E. Harrison & Sons Ltd. Bursary - $500 Justin Harrison,

The Marilyn Smith Memorial Bursary - $500 Colin Smith,

The Harry Smith Memorial Bursary - $500 Evan Canning,

Town of Parrsboro Bursaries - $500 each Ronald Scott and Alyson Pickard,

Parrsboro and District Board of Trade Bursary - $500 Nevan Dowe-McCulley,

CUPE Local 2525 Hospital Workers’ Bursary - $500 Alyson Pickard,

CUPE Local 3890 Bursary - $750 Robert Taylor,

The Kathleen Morris O’Regan Bursary - $1,000 Samantha Shaw,

The RBC Award - $1,000 Matthew Tanner,

The Thomas M MacIntyre and J. Bower Community Credit Union Bursary - $1,000 Samantha Shaw,

The Rhoda Morse Memorial Bursary - $1,000 Opal Card,

Jack and Linda Bursary - $1,000 Zachary Walton,

The Marilyn Smith Internship - $3,200 Adeline McPhee,

NSSAF – Exemplary Participation Awards – Brian Stewart and Adeline McPhee,

The Troy Roberts Memorial Athletic Award – Alyson Pickard,

The Ricky Hunter Memorial Sports Awards – Adeline McPhee.

Parrsboro Regional High School Graduating students are as follows; Travis Adams, Tyler Babineau, Stuart Black, Lukas Briz, Malcolm Campbell, Evan Canning, Samantha Canning, Opal Card, Bailee Cormier, Jennifer Currie, Nevan Dowe-McCully, Ben George, Sarah Gilbert, Cassie Gilroy, Justin Harrison, Samantha Harvey, Emily Johnston-Smith, Cody Lake, Bo Lattie, Andrew McCulley, Brett McCulley, Adam McKay, Adeline McPhee, Kaitlin Pettigrew, Alyson Pickard, Janine Quinn, Christopher Salter, Ronald Scott, Samantha Shaw, Matthew Shirley, Kimberley Simmonds, Collin Smith, Sara Steeves, Brian Stewart, Matthew Tanner, Robert Taylor, Eric Tibbetts, Zachary Walton, Byron James Warren, Alexandrea Willigar and Stephen Willigar. 

Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College, Parrsboro Regional High School, Department of National Defence and Air Cadet Crandall University Board of Governors Scholarship Mount Allison University Dalhousie University Entrance Scholarship University of New Brunswick Fire Department Foods Ltd. PRHS Drama Association Cumberland Club Aliant Telecom C.E. Harrison Sons RBC

Geographic location: PARRSBORO, Canada, Oxford Nova Scotia Bower Community Troy

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