SHS graduates ready to journey down new roads

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SPRINGHILL – Springhill High School graduated the Class of 2013 Thursday night at the Dr. Carson & Marion Community Centre in Springhill.

The evening started with guest speaker, Springhill Police Constable Kenny John Jackson, presenting a gift to departing SHS principal John Choisnet.

“John will be deeply missed and I present this gift in appreciation of your professionalism, guidance and your friendship,” said Jackson.

After the presenting the gift, Jackson, who was born and raised in Springhill, talked about the passage of time.

“I graduated from Springhill High School 29 years ago, in 1984,” said Jackson. “I know it seems like a long time ago to you graduates but it seems like yesterday to me.”

He also talked about his journeys away from Springhill.

“I could not have imagined 29 years ago, when I graduated, how much I learned and experienced when I moved to Toronto for community college,” said Jackson. “City life was a shock to me.”

Jackson joined the Air Force and travelled throughout the Middle East, Asia, Russia and other far flung places.

“I never dreamed I would meet so many people and experience so many different cultures,” said Jackson. “But after 18 years in the military as an aviation technician I decided I had to make a career change in order to get back home.”

Jackson became a military officer and eventually did make it back home.

He said he never imagined he would be the guest speaker at a SHS graduation, and told the graduates to chase their dreams.

One of the graduates about to embark on his own path through life, Seamus Moore, gave the valedictory address.

Moore also thanked Choisnet for his dedication to the students, and thanked the teachers, parents and fellow classmates in attendance for their support and guidance through the years.

He then talked about wobbly tables.

“Remember six years ago when we were so excited to get to this new school,” said Moore. “Quickly we realized that we were at the bottom of the pecking order and we were relegated to that crappy wobbly table in the corner of the cafeteria.

“We’ll we’ve done it, all the way from there, to the window seats that we now occupy.”

Moore then said that, in life, there are many wobbly tables.

“It may not be until we make it to the window seat that we realize how far we’ve come,” said Moore. “With our plans for the future fast approaching we need to appreciated our successes in high school while also preparing ourselves for the unknown that lies ahead.”

He then congratulated the class of 2013, and said they had just finished the easiest part of their lives.

“Although this whole experience feels new and exciting, there are new challenges and many bumps in the road ahead,” he said.

“I feel however that with the guidance form teachers and staff at the school, continued support from our families, and encouragement from the community and our peers, each and every one of us will be prepared with what we need to succeed in our future endeavours.

Honours With Distinction

Bethany Berry

Rachel Berry

Mairi Demmings

Seamus Moore

Isabella Ryan

 

Honours

Bronson Beaton

Cassie Crowe

Brittany Dorey

Luke Jackson

Danen MacKay

Amy McNutt

Cody Ross

Faith Schiefer

Josh Tannahill

Simai Wang

Jennifer Whidden

 

All Graduates

Sean Allen

Alyssa Arseneau

Brady Bannister

Bronson Beaton

Bethany Berry

Rachel Berry

Akeesha Campbell

Shania Chapman

Brandon Clarke

Cassandra Crowe

Mairi Demings

Brittany Dorey

Megan Dowe

Sami-Jo Hayden

Sara Hunter

Luke Jackson

Karly MacDonald

Danen MacKay

Lindsay Maine

Remington Mattinson

Amy McNutt

Jonah Mitchell

Seamus Moore

Dylan Porter

Cody Ross

Isabella Ryan

Faith Schiefer

Ashley Shay

Allison Smith

Brayden Smith

Sydney Stevens

Josh Tannahill

Simai Wang

Jennifer Whidden

Brandon Wood

Kevin Wood

 

Organizations: Springhill High School, Air Force

Geographic location: SPRINGHILL, Toronto, Middle East Asia Russia

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