PACI salutes 37 students at graduation ceremony
On Wednesday morning 37 Prince Albert Collegiate Institute (PACI) students tossed their caps in the air to celebrate the end of their high school careers and the beginning of the rest of their lives.
The PACI graduation ceremony was held at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre. The graduates sat on stage and received words of congratulations from representatives of the province, city, public school division, PACI Alumni Association, teachers and parents.
“I have you a captive audience, so guess what? You still have to listen to me once more at least,” PACI principal Dawne Adams told the grads during her remarks.
“Do you remember when you started at PACI four years ago? I do too, because I started at PACI four years ago. You guys were in Grade 9 and it was my first year. I remember walking in the door. I remember seeing Grade 9 students that were wide-eyed and not sure how PACI rolled and I felt a little bit, to be honest, the same. And so here we are.”
Following the diploma presentation, students were awarded scholarships, bursaries and academic prizes. Katie Turner cleaned up, taking home subject awards for English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science, as well as the Aaron Family Award for showing consideration and respect to students and staff, the University Women’s Club Award, the Mont St. Joseph Foundation Values Scholarship and the PA and Area Teachers’ Association Proficiency Award for the second-highest academic average. After the presentations, PACI valedictorian Maia Houle made her address.
“The last four (years) we spent together are to be treasured. There were times when we grew as people, laughed, talked, cried, danced to our hearts content and sang karaoke. A time when we played together and competed, but always had each other’s backs,” she said.
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And the award goes to…
English Language Arts: Katie Turner
Mathematics: Katie Turner
Science: Katie Turner
Practical and Applied Arts: Maia Houle
Performing Arts: Courtney Bates
Visual Arts: Amber Butterfield
Humanities: Maia Houle
Physical Education: Lacey Naytowhow
Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program: Maia Houle
PA Community Players Drama Scholarship: Logan Cathcart
XFM 101 Arts Scholarship: Lacey Naytowhow
Optimist Club Most Improved Student: Royce Brittain, Joy Daigneault
Aaron Family Award: Katie Turner, Seth Bird
University Women’s Club Award: Katie Turner
Class of ’53 Participation Award: Courtney Bates
PACI Alumni Award: Dustin Weeknusk
PACI School Community Council Award: Seth Bird
Royal Canadian Legion Award: Dayton Bennet
PACI Exemplary Attendance Award: Courtney Bates
PACI Resiliency Award: Dustin Weeknusk, Nathaniel Cook
Mont St. Joseph Foundation Values Scholarship: Katie Turner
PACI General Proficiency Award: (fourth-highest average): Logan Cathcart
Cosmopolitan Club General Proficiency Award (third-highest average): Seth Bird
PA and Area Teachers’ Association Proficiency Award (second-highest average): Katie Turner
Governor General’s Academic Medal (highest average): Maia Houle