ISP Class of 2020

International Program Class of 2020 Grad Video

International Program Class of 2020 Valedictorian Ted Kim and Leila Naito

Ted Kim

The experiences I had in South Kam for the past 4 years has been perfect. I felt like I was a part of a community right from the beginning and everyone has been supportive and welcoming. All of the teachers genuinely cared about our success and well-being. They were happy to see me outside of class time if I didn't understand a concept or when I just wanted someone to talk to. The curriculum always felt up to date and it taught important life skills such as critical thinking and analysis of current events. I am sure that the things I learned in high school will provide a solid foundation for my future endeavors. 

In my first year of peer tutoring, one of my tutees gave me a thank you card for Christmas. It was a small gesture but it meant so much to me because I realized that I can make real tangible differences in other people's lives relatively easily. Ever since then, I've been trying to help others to the best of my abilities. Because I realized that small gestures can mean a lot just like the card did for me.

I have been accepted to the University of Waterloo's Mechanical Engineering program. And after graduating, I would like to work in the aerospace or the automobile sector. However, due to the current circumstances, I am planning to defer my admission for a couple of years and complete my military training in the South Korean Marine Corps. But no matter what happens in the near future, I would like to help make this world a better place and make a difference in this world.

These are truly confusing and stressful times for everyone. This is not how any of us envisioned our graduation. This year, for better or worse, is a year that we will be talking about for decades to come. We are seeing history being made right in front of our eyes. We can either spend it complaining about things we can't change, or we can take in what is happening around the world and help us make better decisions as individuals and as a society in the future. The choice is up to us.

"In life, it's not where you go, it's who you travel with"

                                                       - Charles M. Schultz

Leila Naito

I found that speaking English is not that difficult and I can communicate to other people quite easily, but doing different written assignments or projects in subjects like biology or any of the other sciences was more challenging. 

I learned so many things from my basketball team. They inspired me to work harder and overcome any problem I am presented with.

I’m planning to attend Capilano University in North Vancouver, to eventually become a kinesiologist that helps athletes. 

Don’t be shy and be positive!

I’m so glad that I could be a part of the basketball team in school which made all my 3 years amazing. Since I start playing on the team, I have made so many friends that have helped me out through everything. Also I had surgery on my knee that prevented me from playing in my second year in Kamloops, and my friends were extremely supportive of me.  

 “Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.” 

                                                               - Michael Jordan

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