NNEC valedictorian: Dreaming is worth the risk

Published on June 26, 2014
North Nova Education Centre graduates watch their peers walk across stage as they wrap up their high school careers. More than 230 students graduated at the ceremony on Thursday night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. AMANDA JESS – THE NEWS

The three years of high school were short, but life altering for the students at North Nova Education Centre who walked across the stage Thursday night.

“We came here with fresh, new minds ready to take in what this school could offer. North Nova has moulded us and helped shape who we are today; our class truly is an incredible one,” said class valedictorian Demetre Bonvie. “I know I am not the same person I was when I first walked through the doors here.”

It’s hard to believe at times, but what’s even more difficult to imagine he said is how much each of their lives will change as they move on from there.

“The main thing to remember is to not let this scare you. Instead of letting the fear of changing come in, allow the excitement of becoming new take you over,” he said “We have to keep moving on, but also remember to never forget those people we once were. I will not forget one day I spent at North Nova and I hope you will not either.”

He encouraged his classmates to not let society dictate how they live their lives after graduation.

“The way society wants us to act is to go out, get a job, have a family and live our lives with a daily routine. What they forget to mention is our world is so much more complex than that. There’s so much out there to discover, so much to do, why should we follow what society says, instead why not try and do what inspires us.”

To do what they want will take a lot of hard work and determination but that’s something he said they are all ready for.

“The adventure will always be there, it’s taking the leap, and being ready for it is the hardest part. I’m sure it scares all of you, I’d be lying if I said it didn’t scare me, but I think the possibility of achieving dreams we’ve been trying to obtain for so long is worth the risk.”

Bonvie was also the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Medal, which is given to the student with the highest cumulative average over the three years. Annie Li was the recipient of the Governor General Medal for the highest academic standing in all Grade 11 and 12 courses.

The full list of award winners will appear in Monday’s paper.