Nova Scotia Lieutenant-Governor John James Kinley presented his annual education medals to Grade 11 students from the Chignecto-Centreal region during a ceremony at Parrsboro Regional High School on Wednesday, May 21. (A slideshow of individual Cumberland County recipients will be published here soon).
PARRSBORO – The cream of the Chignecto-Central region’s crop of Grade 11 students were here Wednesday to receive the annual Lieutenant-Governor’s Education Medals.
His Honour John James Grant visited Parrsboro Regional High School to hand out the medals, which are typically awarded to a male and female student from each school in the province, to 28 students from 15 different high schools in the region, including Cumberland County’s seven high schools.
From Pictou County, Hannah Greene and Nicholas Higgs from North Nova Education Centre, Kelsey Benoit and Aldo Orsi from Northumberland Regional High School and Lindy Quann and Craig Sutherland from Pictou Academy were honoured.
“You have shown commendable academic performance and demonstrated qualities of leadership and service both in your school and community,” Grant told the students gathered on the stage. “I applaud you’re your determination in achieving your goals, and congratulate you on this much deserved recognition.”
Growing up in Nova Scotia today has challenges that the Lieutenant-Governor said were not present when he grew up as a youth in New Glasgow, but he added that the qualities of young leaders remain the same.
“Treating fellow citizens with kindness and respect never wanes with time,” he said. “These values will serve you well throughout your professional life, and will help guide you when you encounter seemingly insurmountable obstacles on your path to adulthood.”
Chignecto-Central Regional School Board Chair Trudy Thompson thanked the Lieutenant-Governor for providing the students with a memory they will hold dear for years to come, and congratulated the students on behalf of the board.
“Your many activities and good deeds in your school and your community are well known,” said Thompson. “This foundation will serve you well as the future leaders in our region, our country and the global village. You exemplify the success of all partners in education, and we’re very proud of you.”
Cumberland County medal recipients this year were: from Advocate District School – Ryan Collins and Ashley Grant; from Amherst Regional High School – Gina Grattan and Jordan Hunter; from Oxford Regional Education Centre – Maureen Hickman and Drew Skidmore; from Parrsboro Regional High School – Seth Lake and Corrine Trottier; from Pugwash District High School – Quintin Merlin and Josie Mingo; from River Hebert District High School – Avery Beaton; and from Springhill Junior/Senior High School – Darien King and Anna Moore.
Other recipients were: from Cobequid Education Centre – Benjamin Chisholm and Brie Dukeshire; from Hants East Rural High School – Spencer Kane and Caitlin Roberts; from Hants North Rural High School – Kelsey White; from North Colchester High School – John Hunt and Hannah Martin; and from South Colchester Academy – Alicia MacMillan and Jared Schenkels.
The education medal is awarded to one boy and one girl in each school who has commendable performance in the courses in which they are enrolled and who has demonstrated qualities of leadership and service in the school and community. Students are nominated by their school.