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Cremona grads look to bright future

Class of 2024 had 17 graduates

CREMONA – The members of the Cremona School graduating class of 2024 can look forward with confidence knowing that they have been well prepared for a bright future, says Valedictorian Charlie Shi.

In his address during Friday’s full-house cap and gown ceremony in the school gymnasium, Shi thanks teachers, staff, community members, and his 16 fellow graduates.

“Let us look towards our future, as this is our chance to make it our own, to make everything and anything we have spent the last few years pining for possible,” Shi said.

“Let us go out, challenge what we learned in math and science, understand different ways of life beyond what any textbook could relay, and most cliche, let us write our own stories, become greats in our own lives, and maybe even live our some dreams.

“Seeing how this school and our experiences here have already shaped us into smart, ambitious, creative people that we are, I do not know what could be a better start to the rest of our lives.”

The graduation ceremony saw MLA Nathan Cooper, Village of Cremona councillor Jody Shane Dick, Chinook’s Edge School Division (CESD) trustee Melissa Copley, CESD associate superintendent Jason Drent, and Cremona School principal Darryl Korody offered messages of congratulations to the graduating class.

Linda Lapere was the master of ceremonies. She also gave the land acknowledgement. Keegann Collins performed “O Canada”. 

Saturday’s graduation banquet featured guest speaker Joanna Harvey and class historians Ava Ellis and Ava Martin, with the introduction of graduates and closing remarks from Tyson Youngs.

The graduating class was Braxton Bingham, Taylor Coleman, Keegann Collins, Eric Draney, Ava Ellis, Ciella Fitch, Mackenzie Friesen, James Haley, Abby Manness, Ava Martin, Finn Matthewman, Katie Newsome, Jared Noel, Kaci Saranchuk, Charlie Shi, Rilyne Tetz and Sianna Vennard.

Dan Singleton

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