SPRINGHILL – Springhill High School graduated the class of 2012 Thursday night at the Dr. Carson & Marion Community Centre in Springhill.
The evening started with former graduate, Jennifer Matthews, giving the commencement speech and telling the graduates to ‘never, ever give up,’ because if she can make it in the world, anybody can.
Matthews graduated from SHS 18 years ago and is now a director of operations for the Fundy Ocean Research Centre.
Matthews said she was an average student and talked about getting in trouble from her math teacher in Grade 7 for carving her name in her desk and having to sandpaper her name off the desk. The same teacher gave her the Most Improved in Math award in Grade 11. She also reminisced about parking in a teacher’s parking spot and being chased by the teacher.
“Those were some of the things that stuck with me over the years,” said Matthews.
Matthews’ job takes her throughout the world and where ever she goes she said she tells people she’s from Springhill.
“I always say Springhill, Nova Scotia. It’s never Halifax, it’s always Springhill,” she said. “Never forget who you are and where you come from.”
She talked about where her drive and determination came from - her parents and the people of Springhill.
“When I think about my grandparents and think about your grandparents who worked in the mines, they never gave up and they never gave in,” she said. “They are tough, determined and the most kind, giving people I know…”
She quoted a speech given by former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1941.
Churchill said, “Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, give up. Never give up. Never give up. Never give up.”
Although the speech is only 18 words long, Matthews said they are words she has lived by and hopes the students live by.
“Never give up, never give in, never forget where you come from, and when things seem the hardest keep pushing,” said Matthews. "You can accomplish anything you put your mind to. Just keep believing. If I can do it, you can too."
“I want you to remember that.”
After the speech, the SHS choir sang a song and then the students presented a flower to their parents.
Bursaries were presented, and then the 58 graduates received their diplomas.
The valedictory address was given by 2012 graduate Emily Melanson.
More pictures of the graduation can be seen on the slide show section at www.cumberlandnewsnow.com
SPRINGHILL HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATING CLASS OF 2012
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HONOURS WITH DISTINCTION
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SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARY’S
Almida Plourde – The Carrie Gilbert Achievement Award is awarded to the graduate student who has worked consistently hard to achieve his or her goals.
Brandon Coleman – The Junction Road Elementary and School Association and Teaching Staff Bursary.
Caitlyn MacKenzie – The Jade Palace Restaurant Bursary
Caitlyn MacKenzie – The Katie MacLeod Memorial Bursary
Caitlyn MacKenzie – The Springhill Firefighters Association Bursary
Cody Miller – The Royal Canadian Legion Bursary
Corey Zollner – The Lamp Cabin Bursary in Memory of Craig McSavaney
Devin Smith – The SHS Student Council Bursary
Devin Smith – The Municipality of Cumberland Bursary
Devin Smith – The SHS School Advisory Council Bursary
Devin Smith – The Doris Legrow IODE Memorial Reading Award
Devin Smith – The SHS Science Bursary
Elissa Pickles – The Gamez-On Paintball Bursary
Elissa Pickles – The SHS Cafeteria Bursary
Elissa Pickles – The Ropak Canada Bursary
Elissa Pickles – The Poly Cello Bursary
Emily Melanson – The HS Terris Self-Esteem Bursary
Emily Melanson – The Ross Anderson Pharmacy Bursary
Emily Melanson – The Bob Mullins Memorial Scholarship – Given in memory of Bob Mullins, a local social worker who spent his life in the service of others.
Jason Livingstone – Provincial School Studios Award
Jason Livingstone – SHS Track and Field Bursary
Jenna Rushton – Ross Anderson Pharmacy Bursary
Jenna Rushton – IODE Nova Scotia Bursary
Jenna Rushton – D&J Home Hardware Bursary
Jenna Rushton – CIBC Bursary
Jorden Tabor – Springhill Community Pharmacy LTD. Bursary
Jorden Tabor – Jamie Baillie Cumberland South PC Association Bursary
Jorden Tabor – Royal Canadian Legion Bursary
Justin Sears – West End Memorial Home and School Association Bursary
Kamryn Findlay – SHS Yearbook Committee Bursary
Kamryn Findlay – SADD Bursary
Kamryn Findlay – Pythian Sisters Star Temple No. 8 Bursary
Kamryn Findlay – 4-H J&P Farm Service Scholarship
Kamryn Findlay – Annie G. Murray Memorial Scholarship
Kamryn Findlay – Jade Palace Restaurant Bursary
Kamryn Findlay – The Matthew Meekin’s Memorial Scholarships
Katelyn Rushton – Foodland Bursary
Katelyn Rushton – Aliant Telecom Pioneers Bursary
Katelyn Rushton – St. Andrews Wesley United Church Bursary
Katelyn Rushton – Springhill Community Pharmacy LTD. Bursary
Katelyn Rushton – High Crest Springhill Bursary
Kelsey Anderson – West End Memorial Home and School Association Bursary
Kelsey Anderson – SHS School Spirit Award
Kelsie Skidmore – Catholic Women’s League Bursary
Kelsie Skidmore – Foodland Bursary
Krystal Clark – Jones Funeral Services Award
Kyle Choisnet – SHS Cafeteria Bursary
Kyle Merritt – IODE Annie G. Murray Memorial Chapter Bursary
Kyle Merritt – SHS School Advisory Council Bursary
Kyle Merritt – The Isabelle Simpson Bursary
Kyle Merritt – Class of 2012 Bursary
Kyle Merritt – Cumberland South Liberal Association Bursary
Kyle Merritt – Dr. Mary Dickson Bursary
Kyle Merritt – D&J Home Hardware Bursary
Kyle Merritt – The Irene and Fred Melanson Memorial Bursary
Kyle Merritt – The Surrette Battery Scholarship in Memory of Lorne Smith
Lacey O’Brien – The Springhill Centennial Golf Club Bursary
Lacey O’Brien – The Ropak Canada Bursary
Lindsay Rector – The Ropak Canada Bursary
Matthew Casey – The Chris Dowe 4-H Memorial Scholarship
Matthew Casey – The Tim McIntyre and John Bower Community Credit Union Bursary
Matthew Casey – The CUPE Union 2525 Bursary
Matthew Casey – The 4-H J&P Farm Services Scholarship
Morgan Murray – The Springhill Police Association Bursary
Morgan Murray – The Springhill Community Pharmacy LTD. Bursary
Olivia Canning – The SHS Cafeteria Bursary
Olivia Canning – The SHS Music Club Bursary
Olivia Canning – The Ken Murphy Memorial Arts Award
Patrick Ellis – The Carson Schlosser Funds Bursary
Patrick Ellis – The Bissle Brown Accounting Bursary
Patrick Ellis – The Charm Diamond Centre Bursary
Patrick Ellis – The Royal Bank of Canada Scholarship
Patrick Ellis – The Dr. Randy Ryan Inc. Bursary
Patrick Ellis – The Hicks, Lemoine Barristers & Solicitors Bursary
Rayliene Thompson – The Springhill 2011 Lions Club Bursary
Rayliene Thompson – The Marilyn Thompson Bursary
Rayliene Thompson – The IODE Cobequid Chapter 50th Anniversary Bursary
Rayliene Thompson – The Doris Legrow IODE Memorial Reading Award
Rayliene Thompson – The SHS Cafeteria Bursary
Rayliene Thompson – The SHS School Spirit Award
Robert Ward – The HS Terris Self-Esteem Bursary
Robyn Spence – The GSA Bursary
Sae Yeon Kim – The Springhill 2011 Lions Club Bursary
Sae Yeon Kim – The Springhill Community Pharmacy LTD. Bursary
Sae Yeon Kim – The SHS Yearbook Committee Bursary
Sae Yeon Kim – The SHS Staff Bursary
Sarah Meagher – The Natasha O’Handley Memorial Fund Bursary
Sarah Meagher – The SHS School Spirit Award
Sarah Meagher – The West Cumberland Amateur Radio Club Bursary
Sarah Meagher – The Town of Springhill Bursary
Sarah Meagher – The John Clark Bursary
Stephanie Hutton – The Royal Canadian Legion Bursary
Sydney Peck – The SHS Cafeteria Bursary
Taylor White – The Provincial School Studios Award
Taylor Davis – The Youth Advisory Committee Bursary
Taylor Davis – The Ray McCormick & Sons LTD. Bursary