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Senior Cougars fastball player Jamie Forsyth in the team's game against Dr. J. H. Gillis.
Cobequid Educational Centre (CEC) student council came together to organize the last school dance of the year on May 28, with a summery beach theme. The dance was a last opportunity for Grade 12 students to party with their younger peers. With the lobby decorated and filled to the brim, with blown-up water mammals, a limbo contest and a candy bar free for students, the dance was one of the year’s most successful.
The Pride of Broadway Concert was hosted last week by the CEC Choir. Featuring a selection of the town’s most talented singers performing Broadway songs around a theme of acceptance, the event is a belated commemoration of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, which took place May 17. A portion of the proceeds are going to Scott Jones. Jones is an openly gay man who was brutally attacked and ended up paralyzed who now focuses his life on a plight to end homophobia and fear. The other half of the proceeds go to supporting the CEC Choir’s Relay for Life team.
The CEC Interact club will be hosting a bake sale for students on June 4. Profits go to Maggie’s Place and a wide variety of sweets will be for sale, so bring money for this worthy event.
A day of spirit-related festivities took place Friday, May 23 at CEC. Students were encouraged to wear orange and blue, and an overall feeling of Cougar pride filled the school.
African Nova Scotian potential graduates for 2014 were honoured at an annual banquet on Monday, May 26, hosted by the Truro Black Educator’s Association. Nine outstanding students were recognized for their academic achievements, and the event was attended by student support workers from the school board, as well as administrators from CEC and members of the school board. Students who attended received kente cloth sashes, which can be worn to honour African culture at the CEC graduation ceremony June 27. Special guest speaker at the event was Tiffany Richards, a CEC alumnus and Lieutenant Governor Award recipient.
The District Track and Field Championships May 23 and 24 were a huge success thanks to the dedication of school and community volunteers. Seventy-one varsity athletes and 18 special athletes competed, with many advancing to the regional championships in Stellarton, May 30 and 31. This was made possible by more than 89 volunteers (a 1:1 athlete to volunteer ratio), from the 40-plus staff members who coached and volunteered, to the six students who worked the canteen, 13 staff fill-ins and five community coaches and so many more. The athletes greatly appreciate this commitment to the sport of track and field in our community.
Sarah Millman is a Grade 12 student at CEC. She lives in Truro. Her Inside CEC column appears regularly in the Truro Daily News.