Holy Redeemer High School in Edson held their annual awards ceremony on January 27th to celebrate students’ achievements in the 2017-2018 school year in academics, athletics, citizenship, and fine arts.
“It’s always one of my favourite days of the school year,” says Assistant Principal Diane Williams. “We get to reward all of the hard work our students have done last year and at the same time we get to see many of our students who have graduated who love to tell us what they are doing now.”
The first section of the night celebrated the students in the Athletics Program. The top award in this category is Athlete of the Year. The Junior High Athlete of the Year awards went to Brooke Grycak and Levi Beckmann, while the Senior High awards were given to Alex Melnyk and Jacob Chase.
Justin Breault received two miniature banners celebrating his gold medal wins in Track and Field for Javelin during the last two years, where he broke provincial records in grades 10 and 11.
In the Fine Arts Category, the Drama Awards were presented to Jayna Fedorak and Tyler Ferguson for Junior High, and Rena Fakhreddine and Thomas Pennings for Senior High.
The Art Program presented the Visual Arts Award to Alex Fedyk and Samantha Olivier.
In the Citizenship category, the school awards the Faculty Award, which is given to the student who achieves consistently near the top of the class and displays a positive attitude in keeping with the school philosophy. Morgan Steffler was awarded for Junior High and Brian Birkenhagen and Ashlynn Martin for Senior High.
The final category is academics where students in grades 7 to 11 are given monetary awards for receiving the top two academics averages in their respective grades. The winners are as follows: Grade 7 – Ethan Breault and Shawn Williams. Grade 8 – Diana Pedrajas and Alyssa Vankosky. Grade 9 – Mekha George and Jaci Knight. Grade 10 – Evan Chung and Austin Williams. Grade 11 – Julia Kerr and Noemi Napoles.
From there, various scholarships are passed out in varying categories to assist graduated students who are attending post-secondary schools.
“We love rewarding all the hard work of our students,” says Principal Bill McGowan. “And what better way to do this than helping these young adults pay for post-secondary school.”
The most awarded recipient of the night was Class Valedictorian Spencer Smith who collected over $5000 in scholarship money. Smith would receive the following scholarships: Shell Canada Award, Daniel H. Mitchell Award, Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Social Studies 30-1, and the Grade 12 Highest Academic Scholarship.
In addition, Smith would also be the recipient of the coveted Governor General’s Award.
“This young man truly demonstrated perseverance, effort, and an amazing work ethic,” says McGowan. “We are extremely proud of him for all that he has accomplished.”
At the end of the hour-long ceremony, many students took home trophies and cheques that showcased their amazing achievements. “This Awards Ceremony is made possible by all of the outstanding donations from our local business community,” says Williams. “We thank them for their donation and for wanting to invest in our students and their future.”