Looking to the future

By Geoff Lee

July 5, 2016 12:00 AM

The annual cap and gown ceremony for Grade 12 Lloydminster Comprehensive High School graduates is a family affair.
Once again, hundreds of friends and families packed the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds June 29 to cheer this year’s class of 252 grads.
Todd Robinson, director of the Lloydminster Public School Division (LPSD), said with so many people taking part, it’s simply not possible to hold grad ceremonies at the LCHS gym.
“We want to make sure families have a chance to celebrate this special day with their children,” he said.
“It’s a big family event and that’s the way we like to cast our vision here at LPSD.
“Today is a celebration of efforts from kindergarten right through to Grade 12.”
It was also special day for Robinson at the LCHS grad ceremony as his daughter Lexis was among the graduates.
“My daughter is graduating and we are very proud of her as I’m sure every other parents is proud of their children,” he said prior to the start.
One of his other children graduated last year while a third will start high school this fall.
“I’m proud as a director and proud as a dad,” said Robinson.
Robinson said this year is one of the largest graduation classes in awhile at LCHS and one of the best.
“I think our community will have a chance to see firsthand the accomplishments of a lot of great kids that are going to part of our community for years to come,” he said.
“There won’t be an empty seat by the time we start.”
The graduation ceremonies included the introduction of each grad recognizing those earning academic honours and distinction, subject awards and athletic awards.
There were also some major provincial and citizenship awards including the Governor General’s award to Kirk Haan who also earned the highest average award.
Jenna Killam is the recipient of the Investor’s Group Great Youth award, while the
Alberta Premier’s Citizenship Award went to Marina Day.
Ayla Chipman earned the Joseph Raymond McLean Spirit of Youth Award
The valedictory address was presented by Tanner Hnidey with post secondary education or jobs in the future for most graduates.
“We’ve got kids going all over Canada to universities and colleges, some that are going to enter the workforce and contribute in our local community,” said Robinson.
He said they’ve all managed to find something that they’re passionate about .
“We couldn’t be more excited for the next stages of life for them,” he said.
On Monday, a total of 31 students graduated from Avery Outreach School.

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