With temperatures soaring into the mid-thirties on June 29, the group of graduating Kamsack Comprehensive students looked remarkably cool and collected as they were paraded through town on top of two flat deck floats.
The parade was just one of the events celebrating the class that managed to make it through a trying pandemic year. Kicking off a virtual graduation ceremony that was posted on Facebook, Tracy Forsythe delivered her last speech as principal at KCI. Forsythe said she was proud to have the 2021 students as her last graduating class.
The students choose a quote by Robert F. Kennedy as a theme for their graduating year;
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can achieve greatly.”
The virtual ceremony included congratulations and words of inspiration from Director of Education, Quentin Robertson; Good Spirit School Division Board Trustee Member, Mrs. Jaime Johnston; The Honorable Dustin Duncan Saskatchewan Education Minister; The Honorable Russ Mirasty, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan; Cote First Nation Chief George Cote, and KCI teacher Ryan Gareau.
Valedictorian, Nicholas Bielecki, delivered a speech to his classmates and faculty, followed by an introduction to Mrs. Joanne Schwartz, a KCI teacher who was invited to be the guest speaker.
The virtual presentation included a pre-recorded video of each student walking a stage, picking up their certificate, and moving their graduation cap tassels. The virtual grad committee consisted of: Tracey Forsythe, Ryan Gareau, Wendy Shabatoski, Laura Reilkoff, Tracey Fedorchuk and Julie Gareau. Scholarships were presented by Glenda Tulloch.