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‘Just the beginning’: Norquay School celebrates 2024 graduates

Carson Ebert and Keegan Dyck were the Class of 2024's valedictorians.
The class of 2024 at Norquay School was, from left, Zoey Sinclair-Straightnose, Haylie Kabatoff, Grayson Reine, Jake Foster, Carson Ebert (back row standing on stage), Jacob Petryshyn, Keegan Dyck, and Leesha Straightnose.

NORQUAY — Norquay School celebrated its 2024 graduation with an event filled with inspiring speeches and heartfelt congratulations.

The June 14 ceremony featured notable speakers including Chief Alvin Musqua of Keeseekoose First Nation, Chief Isabel O’Soup of the Yorkton Tribal Council, Good Spirit School Division (GSSD) Board Chair Jaimie Johnson, Principal Audrey Severson, and Jennifer Lindgren among others.

Chief Musqua spoke passionately about community and reconciliation, emphasizing the importance of education in fostering mutual respect and understanding.

“I’m honoured to be asked by the Straightnose family and the School of Norquay to be here today, and I want to thank the town of Norquay for inviting our band members into your community with open arms. And I wish all the grads well in their future endeavours.”

He highlighted the role of community in supporting students and extended an open invitation for future collaboration and visits.

Principal Audrey Severson, reflecting on her brief yet impactful time with the graduates, lauded their leadership and growth.

“Even though I’ve only known you for 10 months, I have had the privilege of discovering some remarkable things,” Severson said. She encouraged all graduates to embrace change and persevere through challenges.

Chief Isabel O’Soup said, “Congratulations to all the graduates and to all the parents, because you helped them accomplish one of the many milestones they will accomplish in their lives.”

GSSD Board Chair Jaimie Johnson highlighted the collective effort behind the graduates’ success, from teachers to bus drivers, and the community at large.

“This achievement is a testament to your parents, guardians, and teachers support and your dedication and effort,” Johnson said. She encouraged the graduates to embrace the future with courage, quoting Mark Twain: “Explore, dream, and discover.”

The valedictorians, Carson Ebert and Keegan Dyck, shared their gratitude and reflections. “We’d like to thank our friends and family for all the memories that we have created over the years,” Ebert said. They reminisced about their journey from childhood to graduation.

Jennifer Lindgren concluded the ceremony with a message of encouragement and reflection. “This is just the beginning. This is the start of your journey. Take this journey with an open heart and a curious mind,” she advised the graduates. Lindgren urged the graduates to embrace opportunities and challenges alike, and to pursue their dreams with determination.