Congratulations to the 23 graduates of Donald Young School in Emo, which held its graduation exercises last Friday (June 12) in the gymnasium.
The graduating class included Vernon Allan, Erin Anderson, Nicole Daw, Kris Esselink, Anna-Lise DeGroot, Jessica Dyson, Katie Galusha, Melinda Hawkins, Jenna Kaemingh, Donald Kellar, Jonathon Kinnear, Tara Lloyd, Tyler Mann, Lauren Matheson, Amanda McQuaker, Matthew Meyers, Jana Mose, Wade Mose, Kelly Neilson, Amber Sheloff, Nathan VanSmeerdyk, Eric Veldhuisen, and Amanda Vennechenko.
The Chamber of Commerce Bursary Award went to Kris Esselink and Nathan VanSmeerdyk (who tied for the boys) and Lauren Matheson (girls), presented by Reeve Brian Reid.
Amanda McQuaker, Amanda Vennechenko, and Katie Galusha won the Legion Ladies Auxiliary Br. 99 Bursary, presented by Cindy Westover, while McQuaker also won the DYS Citizenship Award, presented by Kim Bolen.
The valedictorian address was given by Erin Anderson and Wade Mose, who reflected on the students’ accomplishments throughout their years at DYS.
Guest speaker Reeve Brian Reid spoke on the topic, “Transportation and Communications—Then and Now.”
The gym, packed with enthused parents and friends, was decorated with the school colours (blue, white, and silver).
Earlier in the week during family fun-day there, students, parents, and teachers co-ordinated activities for everyone to participate in and enjoy.
Everyone also gathered in the gym later for an emotional send-off to retirees June Winik and Cheryl Low, two dedicated, loved teachers. Helen Mose and Lucinda Meyers each gave a few words about them.
A decorated one-layer cake and gifts suitable for the occasion were presented to the retirees, plus a book of poems and little stories the students had written.
Carlee Bosman also presented Winik with a framed glossy plaque of a treasured poem written by the late Jennifer Carlson in a book of poems published by The National Library of Poetry. It said “We’ll Meet in the End.”
Not to be outdone, Winik and Low dressed in costume and sang two selections, “Those Were the Days” and “May The Lord Bless and Keep You.”
Also during the family fun-day activities, the Shine Memorial Plaque, given to a grade three student, went to Kazia Nault, presented by Lou Achen.
The Bullied Memorial Plaque, given to a grade seven student, went to Andrew Veldhuisen, presented by Loraine Bullied.