Destined for bigger things

Prince Albert Collegiate Institute graduates celebrate after being awarded their high school diplomas at a ceremony at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre on Wednesday morning. (Josef Jacobson/Daily Herald)

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