The Estevan Comprehensive School (ECS) 2016 graduating class celebrated their achievements and spoke with anticipation about their future, last week, at Affinity Place. The June 28 graduation ceremony featured speeches from students, teachers and parents, talking about the many things the graduates achieved over the course of their time in high school.
The theme of the graduation ceremony was a quote from Walt Disney: “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them,” one which was reflected in many of the speeches, including those by students, teachers, parents, dignitaries and valedictorian Carly Kreklewich.
“I’ve learned many things from my time at the Comp. Foremost, I’ve learned that, although you can’t be friends with everyone, being friendly to everyone goes a long way,” said Kreklewich in her valedictory speech. “Secondly, I’ve learned that although you may not be the best at everything, giving your best effort and showing the right attitude is critical to success.
“We will be meeting new people, going on new adventures and creating a bright future for ourselves….Grads, let’s make our teachers proud, our families proud, and most importantly, ourselves proud.”
Graduates Alyssa Cunningham and Jarrett Daoust were recognized as senior ring and pin, and expressed gratitude for their recognition with a speech thanking everyone, near and far, for supporting them. Colin Sutter, another graduate, also spoke to the audience, giving humorous accolades to all the teachers who helped him and his fellow grads succeed.
Two parents of the grads, Johnathon Bachorcik and Kevin Daoust, also took to the stage to congratulate the grads on their success. Retiring teacher Tim Lee spoke to the audience about the talent and qualities of the students he taught over the years, including anecdotes that had the crowd laughing, and basking in the strong sense of sentimentality and optimism that characterized the evening’s proceedings.
Students were given recognition for their achievements as they received their diplomas. Each graduate’s plans for the future were also announced as they made their way across the stage.