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Some of the award winners during Pictou Academy's graduation ceremony Thursday included from the left: Ainsely Cameron, Cassidy O'Hearn, Cassie Langille and Isaac Young. Standing with the graduates is Helen Scammell, who donates the Scammell Bursaries every year to deserving graduates at the school. 

 

 

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Town of Pictou Mayor Joe Hawes, left, stands with Cassie Langille, Town of Pictou Silver Medalist and Isaac Young, Town of Pictou Gold Medalist, along with Pictou Academy Prinicipal Jim Ryan. 

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Pictou County Chamber of Commerce President Jim Fitt was the guest speaker of Pictou Academy's graduation ceremony Thursday.  Standing with Fitt is, from the left: Rayelle Canam, Kristin MacKenna, Krya Grealey and Blake Robertson. 

 

 

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Thirty six students graduated from Pictou Academy Thursday. From the left, Erica MacKenzie, Ashlyn Kennedy, Tayler Doucet, Stephanie Robicheau and Emma Pranovi. 



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PICTOU – It was high fives, hugs and a few sighs of relief at the deCoste Centre Thursday as 36 graduates from Pictou Academy accepted their diplomas.

Considered to be a large class by the school's standards, graduates were all smiles as they lined up for the annual march to the stage where they would end one chapter of their lives and begin another. 

"You are the sum of Monday mornings, Friday nights and everything in between. And although we have spent thirteen years anticipating the day when we could stand on this stage and believe in the importance of our accomplishments, I can’t help but feel that our time together was too short," Valedictorian Ainsley Cameron told her fellow graduates during the ceremony. 

She reminisced with students about being young on the playground of Pictou Elementary to the most-loved molasses cookies of Mrs. Hall and the dreaded beep tests in gym. 

She said important lessons were learned when the students passed through the big white doors of the Academy, some that were in the classroom and others that experienced life. 

"When we failed those math tests, we learned the value of an hour. When we lost by two points at Provincials, we learned the value of a minute. 

"Time has slipped by like sand through our hands, and now our futures await," she said. 

She encouraged her fellow graduates to embrace all of life's lessons, good and bad, as they move forward, apart from each other. 

"I want you to remember that every mistake you make is a lesson to learn, and it will be repeated until you’ve learned it. The same goes for your accomplishments too, for they are lessons that teach you just how much you can achieve with hard work, determination, passion, and imagination. Although lessons are a part of life, they don’t make up who you are, only you can decide that. When you’re going through life trying to figure that out, I want you to remember that even if you’re no longer a part of Pictou Academy, it will always be a part of you," Cameron said. 

Jim Fitt, president of the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce and president of Velsoft, was the guest speaker at the ceremony.  

Top award winners were Cassie Langille, who won the Queen Elizabeth II Medal, Governor General's Medal and Tupper Gold Medal. She was the recipient of a Scammell Bursary valued at $10,000 and Town of Pictou Silver Medalist. 

Isaac Young was awarded the other $10,000 Scammell Bursary and Town of Pictou Gold Medal while Cameron was the recipient of a $2500 Scammell Bursary and the Ian Wisener Memorial Trophy for athletics, leadership and scholarship.  Cassidy O'Hearn received the other Scammell Bursary for $2500.

A complete list of award winners and photos will be published in Monday's edition of The News.

Organizations: Pictou Academy, Pictou County Chamber of Commerce

Geographic location: Pictou Silver Medalist

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