It was evident from this past Friday’s awards ceremony that achieving good grades in school is recognized, not only for those in junior and senior high but also for the students who’d recently graduated. With the school closing three months early of the 2019/20 year, school administration could not host their annual academic awards night nor the traditional graduation ceremony until this past weekend.
Principal Ian Baxter kept his promise to the students that he was determined to host these milestone events for the students somehow. Due to COVID, it just wasn’t possible for the dates scheduled initially, but it did happen, and the students couldn’t have been happier. It was a busy two days at the school, starting with the grade seven to nine award ceremonies held during the day on Friday, followed by the senior high students in the evening. In total, 99 awards were issued to the students who worked hard to achieve good grades, and 12 scholarships were awarded to a handful of recent graduates for their excellence in top marks in the 30-1 courses.
One particular award that stands out for recognition is the Governor-General Award. The award is the highest academic achievement any student can receive in Canada and gets based on a graduating student with the highest grade point average. Only one student in the country is chosen at the grade 12 level to receive the bronze medal. This year’s recipient is Codi Peavoy, who’d also received the Valedictorian Award.
The year would not be complete without the graduation ceremony, which was held Saturday outside the school. Due to health restrictions, it wasn’t the traditional ceremony students are accustomed to, but they could still have a formal event dressed in their gowns and tuxes. Proud parents watched on as their child walked down the aisle, arm in arm with their escort to receive their diploma. Festivities were on a smaller scale due to the restrictions on numbers. For family members and those unable to attend either of the events, the school broadcasted live stream video, which is available for viewing on their Facebook page and the Fox Creek School website.
Vicki Winger, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Whitecourt Press