MAPLE RIDGE — The Class of 2019 officially concluded their days at North Dundas District High School with graduation ceremonies on June 27th. The early summer season kept with tradition that evening, generating the usual steamy conditions inside the gymnasium where nearly 75 graduates donned cap and gown.
Jessica Barkley earned the highest overall average in her class to the capture the Governor-General’s Academic Medal. Ashley Wheeler delivered the valedictory address; a student of high academic achievement chosen by the graduating class to be their Valedictorian, the honour also includes the $1,000 Parmalat Winchester Award.
Among the graduates were a number that completed Specialist Highs Skills majors in Agriculture or Health and Wellness — programs inspired by two of the important economic sectors in the vicinity of the school located in the middle of farm country and just a few kilometres away from state-of-the-art Winchester District Memorial Hospital.
Earning the Agriculture designation were Dylan Barkley, Taylor Bazinet, Joe Clare, Christyn Daley, Nathan Derick, Ryan Dore, Cameron Hermer, Chase Holmes, Jacob Holmes, Trent Johnson, Bradley Larmour, Grace Elizabeth Ringer, Brianna Saucier, Colby Vanoosterom, Erin Weegar and Ashley Williams. The Health and Wellness group included Jessica Barkley, Nicholas Brugmans, Desiray Clemen, Cameron Cotnam, Christopher Cotton, Owen Goulet, Joey Hannaford, Bradley McLean, Abbie Scheepers, Meagan Scheepers and Shaye Vanden Bosch.
This year’s Ontario Scholars — earning an average of at least 80 percent in their top six Grade 12 courses — were Jessica Barkley, Nicholas Brugmans, Grace Cave, Cameron Cotnam, Ben Fingler, Rosa Fiorentini, Zachary Jacques, Ian Koch, Amy Proulx, Matthew Roach, Abbie Scheepers, Ashley Wheeler, Peter Xidias, Abby Zersch and Chloe Ziegler. Honours students maintaining an average of 80 percent or above in their Grade 12 year were Dylan Barkley, Taylor Bazinet, Tanon Brant-Berry, Sam Finlay, Rosa Fiorentini, Jacob Holmes, Cameron Hermer, Katie Hughes, Tyler Levesque, Brianna Saucier, Foster Toll, Dylan Wattie, Ashley Williams, Peter Xidias and Abby Zersch.
Jessica Barkley, Nicholas Brugmans, Cameron Cotnam, Abby Geertsma, Zachary Jacques, Ian Koch, Bradley Larmour, Amy Proulx, Matthew Roach, Abbie Scheepers, Jacob Sinclair, Ashley Wheeler and Chloe Ziegler achieved four-year honours with an 80 percent or higher average through their entire time in high school.
A slew of other awards were also presented that evening.