Sturgis Composite School acknowledged its Grade 12 graduates in a special graduation ceremony held at the Sturgis Park on June 18.
Graduates were surrounded by family and close friends as they celebrated their achievements.
Members of the 2020 graduation class were: Wyatt Anaka, Shae Peterson, Sydney Fey, Dylan Kyla Tomas, Jillian Tonn, Eloisa Vicente and Tiara Yagelniski.
Kipp Bayer, the principal at Sturgis Composite School and Kelsey Newman, the school's senior math teacher had the honour of introducing each graduate, who were escorted by their parents to the stage area.
Graduate Wyatt Anaka was accompanied by his parents Stacey and Jason Anaka. Wyatt has attended school in Sturgis from kindergarten to Grade 10; MBCI in the Pas, Manitoba for Grade 11 and Fox Creek School in Fox Creek, Alberta for part of Grade 12. Wyatt has enjoyed playing hockey and being involved in track and field. His future plans are to continue playing hockey and then go to the Royal Military College of Canada.
Graduate Sydney Fey was escorted by her parents Tracey and Cameron Fey. Sydney attended kindergarten to Grade 10 in Invermay, Grade 11 and part of Grade 12 in Sturgis and is completing her schooling back in Invermay. She has taken part in volleyball, track, baseball, badminton, and curling.
Graduate Shae Peterson was escorted by his parents Conrad and Kristen Peterson. He attended kindergarten to Grade 12 in Sturgis. While in school he was involved in hockey, lacrosse, volleyball, curling, baseball, basketball, badminton, track, football and the SRC. Shae also enjoys hunting and fishing. He will be attending the University of Saskatchewan in the fall in the College of Education.
Graduate Dylan Kyla Tomas was escorted by her parents Twinkle and Jaymar Tomas. Kyla attended Wesley Learning Centre for nursery school and kindergarten, Saint Mary’s University Grade School Department from Grade 1 to part of Grade 6, and Sturgis Composite, Grade 6 to present. Kyla’s activities include basketball, volleyball, badminton, and NASP archery. Her future plans are to attend the University of Regina to become a registered nurse and help people who are in need.
Graduate Jillian Tonn was accompanied by her parents Andrea and Corwin. Jillian attended kindergarten to Grade 9 in Preeceville and grades 10 to 12 in Sturgis. Jillian’s involvements included: hockey, figure skating, volleyball, curling, baseball, track and badminton. Her future plans are to attend Brandon University to obtain a Biomedical degree and then pursue optometry.
Graduate Eloisa Vicente was escorted by her parents Elmar and Geendale. Eloisa attended Wesley Learning Centre till Grade 2, Preeceville School in Grade 3 and Sturgis Schools from Grade 4 to 12. While attending school she was involved in basketball, volleyball, badminton, track, archery, SRC, SADD, drama and cadets. Her future plans are to attend the University of Regina to first become a registered nurse, and then to continue her studies to obtain her doctorate as a neurosurgeon.
Graduate Tiara Ashton Yagelniski was escorted by her parents Veronica and Clifton. Tiara attended school in Sturgis from kindergarten to Grade 12. Tiara has been involved in the SRC, basketball, badminton, and track and field. Her future plans are to attend the University of Saskatchewan in agri-business.
To kick of the program, Trina Correos sang O Canada followed by the recitation of letters of congratulations from Minister of Education and Lieutenant Governor Russ Mirasty.
Graduate Shae Peterson was the master of ceremonies for the evening. Michael Andrusko, Kipp Bayer and Kelsey Newman presented the graduation scrolls followed by Kyla Tomas giving a thank you to the teachers with a reply from Nathan Hrynchyshyn, teacher.
Shae Peterson gave the thank you to the parents followed by the reply by his mom, Kristen Peterson.
Jillian Tonn, Sydney Fey and Wyatt Anaka presented the “Remember When” memories of the graduation class.
Craig Folk was the guest speaker for the evening.
Tiara Yagelniski gave the valedictorian address.
Kipp Bayer and Kelsey Newman presented the awards and scholarships portion of the program.
The graduation ceremony concluded with a grand march, an escort and parent dance, and the graduates lighting a wish lan