It was an emotional night in the gymnasium at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, as students crossed the stage during their graduation ceremony. More than 80 students received their diplomas, with many receiving awards, bursaries and scholarships. Jarrod Sundmark was chosen as the school's valedictorian. During his speech, he looked back at the years of high school.
"Late August 2007, the sun was shining and 80 or so young, excited, nervous little ones were about to start their first day at T.A. in the annex. It was a time when Kanye West's 'Stronger' topped the charts, it was a time of low cafe prices and it was a good time wasn't it," he said.
During the speech, he thanked those who provided support for the students. He also noted one of the most important aspects of the years at the school, which was the relationships formed between peers.
"Our legacy isn't one written on the walls. It's in our memories and the memories others have of us. The time spent in class, on break, on long bus rides to wherever it was that day, time sharing laughs, and tears of both sorrow and happiness," he said.
He also focused on the important role of the students in the future.
"After tonight it's on us. no more sitting back and letting other do what needs to get done. It;s time for us to get up, and get after it. There has never been such a great need for our efforts in the world as there is today, and we have been given every tool we need to start making a difference," he said.
After the valedictorian address, the students walked across the stage to gather their diplomas. Graduate Tyler Caron says it was an exciting experience.
"It feels absolutely great, working up to it right from grade nine. Even in the early years in elementary school, you always think 'oh it's all the big kids graduating' and you know one day you'll be there. It all went by so fast and it just feels great to walk across that stage," he said.
Complete list of Graduates:
Kailey Alison Adams Bowen Andrew Alcock Allesen Rose Alcock-Skead Lindy Nicole Bailey Branden Neil Baird Storm Corneilius Baker Summer Dana Baker Tyson Lee Beckerton Anneliese Elisabeth Behrmann Joshua Elijah Berle Maya Vivian Boivin Joden Jesther Bornia Aaron Mitchell Burgess Samatha Jane Burkart Tyler Jesse Caron Davidson Ogemah Clarke Fraser Tara Elizabeth Creason Colton David Cumberland Eric Donald Davidson Jenna Renee Doering Eric Rejean Duhaime Michael Lawrence Elliot Kelly Rae Marie Fadden Jacob Alexander Ficek Elias Charles Fisher Austin Marcel Flegg Jackson Victor Fregeau Ryan Daniel Friesen Shae Marie Gander William Noah Gilfix Trevor Joseph Gordon Janelle Barbara Grafham Sean Patrick Gurica Bailey Lynn Hall Dylan Riley Hall Nathan Christopher Heida Andrew Victor Heide-Lindquist Zachery Tyler Hunter-Tom Darcy Nicholas Ilderton Bryce Thomas Jeffery Johnathon Raymond Kufflick Michael George Landon Tanner Robert Langois Gabrielle Lynne LeSelva Kimberly Michelle Lemay Craig William Letain Darian David Loohuizen Hanna Lynn Love Charlse Major Valerie Rita Marion Carissa Jane Marmus Cody John Martin Michael Shaw Nelson Emma-Leigh Robyn Neniska Conor Michael O'Flaherty Sydney Jane O'Flaherty Jocelyn Amelie Palichuk Dayna Rose Paul Page Jacqueline Quevillon Matthew Paul Ranson Brenden Allan Rea Brett Mitchell Reid Kately Mackenzie Rodger Jessica Lynn Ross Joseph Jacob Roy Sterling Joseph Schabler Braden Alexander Sequin Dakota Robert Seymour Quincy Allen Skead Jarrod Robert Sundmark Daniel Patrick Thomson Karl Heinz Warmbier Aidan William Warren Jaryd Rene Wiebe Caitlin Marie Williams Lexi Taylor Williams Cole Gary Zabloski Aden Frederik Zacharuk-Lessing Ashley Marie Zubkavich