Valedictorians 2019

We are proud to witness each  student cross the stage with dignity, purpose and options during graduation season. This year approximately 1,000 students will participate in 16 commencement ceremonies across our school district. They will be inspired by the words of their chosen student leaders -- their class valedictorians. The ceremonies will run from May 24 to June 25.

Barriere:Emma Hamblin and Sam Jones
Barriere: Emma Hamblin and Samantha Jones

Emma Hamblin and Samantha Jones have been friends since kindergarten. Both avid 4-H'ers, they will be pursuing careers where they can work with animals. For Emma, already a qualified welder, it's TRU's Sustainable Ranching program in Williams Lake then on to study animal husbandry at Olds College in Alberta. Sam is headng to TRU for a BSc then on to the University of Saskatchewan to study veterinary medicine.  Read their SD73 valedictorian profiles here

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TREC: Tatyana Cansdale

Tatyana Cansdale is looking forward to attending Thompson Rivers University in the fall. She will pursue degrees in arts and in education, and she is planning to become a teacher. She wants to pay it forward, because she says her experience at Twin Rivers Education Centre has been so positive. Becoming the TREC 2019 Valedictorian is the realization of a goal she set for herself when she was 10 years old. Read her SD73 valedictorian profile here.

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Four Directions: Korbin Stewart

Korbin Stewart is passionate about sports, particularly rugby, and all types of hands-on learning, including drawing. He will continue his education at TRU this fall in the Level C Welding Program. Read his SD73 valedictorian profile here

Continuing Education
Continuing Education: Macalan Jolicoeur and Megan Kinney

 Macalan Jolicoeur and Megan Kinney are two of this year's Continuing Education program graduates. Macalan is looking forward to the new direction her life is taking and Megan is planning to become a pharmacy technician (note: photo is of the 2018 continuing education grad class). Read their SD73 valedictorian profile here. 

Logan Lake Grad 2019
Logan Lake: Jaydan Dick and Hannah Munro

Jaydan Dick and Hannah Munro are two of seven Logan Lake Secondary graduates.  Classmates for the last 13 years, Jaydan plans to study Tourism Management, and Hannah will enroll in Police and Justice Studies in preparation to apply to become a police officer. Read their SD73 valedictorian profile here

Aboriginal Education
Aboriginal Education: Liam Christy and Mackenzie Gottfriedson

Liam Christy, a member of the Salish and Catawba Nations, is graduating from Westysde Secondary. He will attend UBCO in the fall to pursue a journalism degree. Mackenzie Gottfriedson,  a member the T'Kemlups te Secwepemc Nation,  is graduating from Valleyview Secondary. She will also attend UBCO in the fall to study Indigenous Studies. Read their valedictorian profiles here

NorKam: Abby Farnsworth and Liam Barber

Abby Farnsworth will attend TRU in the fall as her first step in pursuing a career in the film industry as a producer or director. Liam Barber will study law at TRU before applying to become a police officer. See their SD73 valedictorian profile here. 

Westsyde: Logan Hwang
Westsyde: Logan Hwang

A Westsyder most of his life, Logan Hwang is heading to UBC to study science and then on to pursue a career in medicine. A track athlete, Logan will be competing with the UBC Thunderbirds, specializing in the 1500 m. Read his SD73 valedictorian profile here. 

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Valleyview: Josh Jacoby and Sarah McIntyre

Josh Jacoby will be heading to the University of Victoria to study engineering this fall. He has a passion for all sports, including basketball and soccer. Sarah McIntyre will pursue a career in science and research beginning at UBC this fall. See their valedictorian profile here

South Kamloops
South Kamloops: Foster Wynne and Irene Kuo

Foster Wynne is heading to TRU to study science this fall, on his way to a career in medicine. He is passionate about sports, and he plays soccer, basketball and rugby. Irene Kuo wants to teach chemistry. She will begin her studies at UBCO this fall, pursuing degrees in science and education. She is passionate about art and healthy living. See their SD73 valedictorian profile here

KSA Grad
Kamloops School of the Arts: Maxwell Gallagher

Maxwell Gallagher is attending a theatre program at TRU in the fall, and if he enjoys it, he may apply to the University of Alberta to work among deaf actors to become a stage interpreter. He is passionate about sign language and helping people with deafness and hearing challenges. Read his SD73 valedictorian profile here

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Sa-Hali: Hunter Galbraith and Jaida Lewis

Hunter Galbraith is heading to Okanagan College and plans to volunteer with the Ranchero Deep Creek Fire Department near Salmon Arm for two years before heading to medical school. Jaida Lewis will head to TRU to pursue a bachelor of science degree and a spot on the women's soccer team. Read their SD73 valedictorian profile here

Chase Grad 2019
Chase: Peter-Thomas Driessen and Mercedes Settle

Peter-Thomas Driessen plans to pursue a medical career in neurosurgery, beginning with a BSc from TRU. He is passionate about medicine and helping people and learning. Mercedes Settle will also attend TRU, to study arts and to possibly pursue a teaching career. Read their SD73 valedictorian profile here

Clearwater Jenny Panko and John Meyer
Clearwater: Jenny Panko and John Meyer

Jenny Panko and John Meyer have known each other since grade seven. Jenny has been a member of student council since grade 8, and this year John was the president of student council. Jenny plans to go to TRU for a bachelor of Natural Resource Science degree, while John plans to play Junior B Hockey in the KIJHL. Read their SD73 valedictorian profiles here

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