Valedictorian Hailie Tattrie shared memories of her high school years and inspired her fellow grads to be ready for some big changes in their lives.
OXFORD – Graduating students at the Oxford Regional Education Centre were encouraged to embrace change during graduation ceremonies.
But despite those changes, valedictorian Hailie Tattrie also encouraged her fellow grads to hold on to their memories of their time at both the old Oxford high school and the new.
“After today, some of us are in for big changes. Some of us will go to new schools, some will get new jobs and regardless all of us are going to meet new people,” Tattrie said. “We are going to make new friends and lose some. We will meet not so nice people, but we will also meet amazing people. But no matter who we meet, or where we will go, we will always have these memories to reflect on.
“Some people say that school is the worst time of your life; I beg to differ. For it is here that we make our first friends, we had our first blunders, our first heartbreaks and our first big accomplishments,” she added. “And it is here that we have learned our big life lessons that will be a platform for us to stand on.”
Tattrie was presented the Queen Elizabeth II Medal for superior academic achievement in Grades 10-12 and superior school and community involvement, while Katy Reid received the Governor General Award for having the highest academic standing in Grades 11 and 12.
Tattrie also received a School Advisory Committee Bursary, the Isabel Simpson Bursary, the Oxford Fire Department Bursary, the Town of Oxford Bursary, the Tracy G. Black Bursary and the Oxford Lions Club Bursary.
She also accepted a $21,500 scholarship to Mount Allison.
Reid also earned the Fred Nix Memorial Bursary, the Oxford Pharmasave Bursary and the Nova Scotia Freemasons Widow’s Son Lodge 48 Scholarship.
She also accepted a $2,000 entrance scholarship to Memorial Univeristy.
Other award winners included:
Emily Adshade: Cumberland South PC Assoc. Bursary, the Cedar Temple 21 Pythian Sisters Bursary, Lifetouch Bursary, Oxford Home and School Bursary, Legion Bursary, Josh Spence Memorial Bursary, and the T.M. MacIntyre and John Bowser Bursary.
Nora Adshade: OREC Staff Award, Legion Poppy Fund Bursary, Cumberland County Bursary, the Nova Scotia Freemasons Society Widow’s Son Lodge 48 Bursary and a $3,000 entrance scholarship to Dalhousie University.
Morgan Bishop: Pizza L’Amore Bursary, Collingwood Fire Department Gordon Purdy Memorial Bursary and a Harrison McCain Bursary of $1,250 toward Holland College’s Culinary Program.
Andrea Dorn: Betty Rector Memorial Bursary, Cumberland Child and Youth Foundation Bursary, IODE Provincial Education Bursary, Harry and Eileen Oickle Memorial Bursary, Josh Spence Memorial Bursary and the Nova Scotia Freemasons Wimburn Lodge 75 Bursary.
Michah Hawkes: Legion Poppy Fund Bursary.
Colby Hicks: Legion Poppy Fund Bursary, the Nova Scotia Freemasons Wimburn Lodge 75 Bursary and a $4,000 scholarship to St. Thomas University.
Clifford Lambert: Gordon Brookins Memorial Bursary.
Jung Ju Lee-Jung Ju: Edith Thompson Scholarship and a $6,000 scholarship to Mount Allison University.
Brandon Maddison: Oxford Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary Bursary, Oxford Fire Department Bursary and the Collingwood Fire Department Gordon Purdy Memorial Bursary.
Kendra Mattinson: Cedar Temple 21 Pythian Sisters Memorial Bursary and Oxford Pharmasave Bursary.
Mark Morgan: Cumberland County J&P Farm Services 4-H Scholarship.
Hannah Newell: Gordon Brookins Memorial Bursary.
Ashley O’Brien: Guy Brown Cumberland South Liberal Bursary.
Kennedy Petten: Pizza L’Amore Bursary and Legion Poppy Fund Bursary.
Landon Stewart: Oxford Home and School Bursary and the Town of Oxford Bursary.
Regan Swan: NSTU Cumberland Local Bursary, Oxford Lions Club Bursary and a $4,000 scholarship to St. Thomas University.
Bradley VanDam: Tracy G. Black Bursary, Llaina Donkin Scholarship to Mount Allison, K&S Windsor Salt Labour Management Bursary and a $2,000 entrance scholarship to Mount Allison.
Katherine Williams: OREC Staff Award, Karen Angus Memorial Bursary and the Amherst Fire Department Bursary.
Daniel Wood: Oxford Fire Department Bursary and the NSTU Cumberland Local Bursary.
Lucas Wood: Royal Bank Scholarship and an $8,000 scholarship to Mount Allison University.