North Colchester celebrates graduates

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Tatamagouche & Area Notebook, By Ellen Millard

Excited NCHS graduates, students, family and friends filled the auditorium for the 64th graduation ceremony last week.

Excited NCHS graduates, students, family and friends filled the auditorium for the 64th graduation ceremony last week.

After the processional of the graduates to the front, Rev. Penny Nelson gave the invocation, which was followed by a welcome from Principal Tom Thompson. He noted plans are starting to construct a new P-12 school in the village, so this would be the one of the last graduation ceremony held in this building. He also mentioned that in this class there were seven girls and 21 boys.

MLA Karen Casey extended her best wishes to the grads and asked this question to the girls: "How did you survive the year with all these boys?"

She urged the young people to get out and make their mark in the world. She told about what she considered the three “A’s” — academics, athletics and attitude — and told them their future will be determined by the latter.

In his remarks as supervisor of our family of schools, Ian MacLeod told the grads they have been running a “marathon” for the last 13 years and now they’re at the finish line.

Jill McMillan was chosen by class members to give the valedictory address.

“We have come a long way from shy primary students and we have touched many lives,” she said. She added their class of grads was hard working and motivated, and ready to take on the world.

“We will never forget our roots and even though the school building may be gone, memories of the teachers and our friends will last forever.”

Other advice offered by McMillan in her address included be kind, don't sweat the small stuff, keeping old friends is better than finding new ones, and live, laugh and love.

After the presentation of bursaries and awards, the Queen Elizabeth II medal was presented to Emma Bush, the Governor General Medal to Justin Thibault and the Lieutenant-Governor Medals went to John Hunt and Hannah Martin. Mike Belliveau (former manager of Foodland, Tatamagouche) presented the Foodland Student of the Year Awards to Emma Bush and Lienna Hoeg.

At the close of the presentations, Principal Thompson expressed his appreciation to Belliveau for the many Student of the Month and Student of the Year awards he has given over the years at NCHS. He also gave Belliveau a plaque and a 2014 NCHS yearbook dedicated in his honor.

Belliveau says he’s happy to have had the experience of getting to know and give these special awards to the young people of the community. He also adds he enjoyed having as many as he could as part-time and later some as full-time employees at Foodland while he was manager.

 

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  • Tanya MacNutt
    July 11, 2014 - 01:02

    How is it possible that this is the last graduating class? Is the new school really going to be started and finished in 1 year? I highly doubt it.