'Wonderful to have such diversity,’ valedictorian
Advocate District School said goodbye to seven graduates Thursday evening (from left) Autumn Collins, valedictorian Samara Flueck, Sarah Dobson, Hayley Nuttall, Catlyn McLellan, Robert Fraser, and Levi Goodwin.
ADVOCATE HARBOUR – It might be one of the province’s smallest graduating classes, but it is a diverse and talented group of youngsters who accepted diplomas at Advocate District School this year, according to valedictorian Samara Flueck.
“I think it is wonderful to have such diversity in a graduating class,” she said. “We have many talents, from writing to music, and accompanying these talents are diverse people with very different dreams and goals. I think it is important to nurture this diversity because that is what makes each and every one of us special.”
Samara was one of seven graduates cheered on by the large crowd of family, friends and supporters from the Advocate community gathered at the school gymnasium for the annual ceremony Thursday evening. On behalf of her classmates, she thanked all those who have helped them along their way and continue to support their future plans.
She also encouraged her fellow graduates to never give up on their dreams, big or small, and to remember each step forward brings them closer than they were before.
“As we all move forward in life, we should take a moment to look back and see where we came from the lessons we’ve learned,” she said. “In doing this, we don’t lose touch with who we are, and we remember why we chose to follow the paths we did.”
Samara received the Queen Elizabeth II Medal for her top academic standing, along with a $475 Advocate and Area Small Business Scholarship, a $250 Advocate and District Voluntary Fire Brigade Scholarship, the $500 Municipality of Cumberland Bursary, a $300 Advocate and District Home and School Association Bursary, the $123 Georgie Dunbar Memorial Scholarship, the $100 Cumberland South Liberal Association Bursary, and the $200 N.S. Amateur Radio Association and West Cumb Amateur Radio Club Bursary.
Hayley Nuttall received the Governor General Medal, a $20,000 Dalhousie University Entrance Renewable Scholarship, a $30 Memorial Award for Grade 12 highest standing from David Fillmore, a $475 Advocate and Area Small Business Scholarship, a $1,000 Credit Counseling Services of Atlantic Canada Scholarship, the $200 Parrsborough Shore Historical Society Bursary, the $250 Parrsboro Lions Bursary in memory of Vernon Nuttall, and the University of Toronto Book Award.
Levi Goodwin, whose sister Kathy Ogden was guest speaker for the event, received a $2,950 Nova Scotia Community College Entrance Award, a $300 Advocate and Area Small Business Scholarship, a $500 ATEC Achievement Bursary, a $250 Advocate and District Voluntary Fire Brigade Scholarship, and a $1,000 Community Credit Union of Cumberland Colchester Ltd. prize.
Autumn Collins received a $2,000 St. Mary’s University Entrance Scholarship, a $475 Advocate and Area Small Business Scholarship, the $200 Patty Spicer Memorial Scholarship, a $100 Advocate Volunteer Fire Department Ladies’ Auxiliary Bursary, a $500 Nova Scotia Freemasons Minas Lodge No. 67 Bursary, a $300 Advocate and District Home and School Association Bursary, and the $1,000 Scott Sheffield Memorial Scholarship.
Catlyn McLellan received a $300 Advocate and Area Small Business Scholarship, a $100 Advocate Volunteer Fire Department Ladies’ Auxiliary Bursary, and a $100 Cumberland South Progressive Conservative Association Bursary.
Robert Fraser received a $300 Advocate and Area Small Business Scholarship, a $1,000 Diana Thornton Memorial Bursary in conjunction with the Halifax Mooseheads Hockey Club, and a $123 Red Cross Scholarship.
Sarah Dobson received a $300 Advocate and Area Small Business Scholarship, and a $500 Perley Wright/Pharmasave Bursary.
Also presented during the ceremony were a number of undergraduate awards, including the Lt. Governor medal to Grade 11 student Kerstyn MacLellan, who also picked up a $30 Memorial Award for Grade 11 Highest Standing from David Fillmore.