St. George – For the first time in its 40-year history, Fundy High School had 10 graduates this year who maintained a 90 plus average, from Grade 9 through to Grade 12, said principal Fred Hare at last Thursday evening’s graduation ceremonies.

“That’s quite an accomplishment. This grad class has had many accomplishments,” he said and went on to note many of those individual accomplishments by various students.

Hare said he was not going to mention the fears graduates may have about the future, or talk about what lies ahead for them, but instead focus on what they have achieved, noting that a number of them are bilingual, and some are multi-lingual.

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Recipients of the Fundy High Honour Society Plaque were Alyzandra Torreon, Ashley Green, Blair Hawkins, Erika Cline, Ioana Serbanescu, Michaela Case-Pividor, Olivia Weaire, Tanner Riche, Taylor Lee, and Aaron Barrio.

The Governor General’s Award for Academic Excellence was presented to Blair Hawkins, who also received the Excellence in Science award for highest total academic standing in biology, chemistry, and physics.

The Birks Medal for leadership in student affairs was awarded to Olivia Weaire, the Gold Medal given by Jostens for a graduate who has shown commitment to student affairs went to Alyzandra Torreon, and Photography Flewelling Arts Award for a student who excels in the arts was awarded to Tanner Riche.

University of New Brunswick recruiting officer Anthony Enman was on hand to present the Arthur and Sandra Irving Primrose Scholarship to Taylor Lee, which is valued at $40,000.

In her congratulatory message, director of schools for Anglophone South School District, Jenny MacDougall, told the students, “You have many skills to continue your life. Whatever you choose to do in life, be certain it is what you want to do. When you find a job you love you will never have to work a day in your life.”

“Do what makes you happy while finding something that you are passionate about. Know to also make mistakes, but learn the lessons in the end. – Alyzandra Torreon, Fundy HIgh School valedictorian

Valedictorian Alyzandra Torreon joked that she believed she was chosen for the position because of her name, noting, “Valedic-Torreon – how could they not give it to me?”

Since everyone in the room may now have had the pleasure of knowing the graduates exactly the way they know themselves as individuals, she listed 17 things to remember
about the class of 2017.

Torreon said they all come from different places and sometimes different countries and, combined, the graduating class can speak eight different languages from French to Filipino, Romanian, Korean, Vietnamese, Spanish and, of course, English.

“We are also very talented, believe it or not. Whether that is winning a Canada Games gold medal, or publishing several books, or mastering the art of Netflix binge watching.”

She said the graduates were also involved in many extra-curricular activities both within the school and beyond – from participating in athletics, to being a part of clubs and committees.

Her advice to her fellow graduates was to “work hard when you have to, but have fun when you need to” and to remember their roots, and where they came from.

“Do what makes you happy while finding something that you are passionate about. Know to also make mistakes, but learn the lessons in the end. Make use of your talents and don’t doubt yourself. Please know that you are worth it. Finally, stay humble, and remember to always be grateful for everything you have.”

Torreon, who is the daughter of Alexander and Lea Torreon, will be attending St. Francis Xavier University in the fall to study for a Bachelor of Science degree then plans to go into nursing.

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Taking a selfie before the start of Thursday’s graduation ceremonies are Melita Sanchez and Jordan Janes.
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Fundy High School graduate Abby Lockhart sings “O Canada” at the start of Thursday evening’s graduation ceremonies.

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The Birk’s Medal for leadership in student affairs is presented to Fundy High School graduate Olivia Weaire by Jenny MacDougall, director of schools for Anglophone South School District, during Thursday’s graduation ceremonies.
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Fundy High School graduate Blair Hawkins is presented with the Governor General’s award for academic excellence by Jenny MacDougall, director of schools for Anglophone South School District at Thursday evening’s graduation ceremonies. He also received the Excellence in Science Award for the highest total academic standing in biology, chemistry and physics as well as a $500 bursary presented in memory of former Science Department head Richard Ford and was a recipient of the Fundy High Honour Society Plaque.