Sparwood Secondary students celebrate the end of an era

The Sparwood Secondary class of 2014 proudly celebrated six years of hard work and dedication at their graduation ceremony on Saturday.

Parents cheered as the 36-student class made their way across the stage during the commencement ceremony. After standing for the national anthem, Superintendent Lynn Hauptman, Principal Frank Sopko and Vice Principal Mike Kelly congratulated the class for their achievements.

A total of 49 scholarships were presented to several diligent students, including the Sparwood Fire Department Bursary and the Chamber of Commerce Scholarship. Principal Sopko was proud to announce the class of 2014 was in the top 90th percentile of B.C. secondary schools.

“Remember this night, keep it with you always, you’ve been a special group,” he said.

But outstanding academic achievements weren’t all the class of 2014 had to be proud of.

Valedictorian Ashley Steen described her fellow classmates as unique and different, leaving behind a legacy of being, in the words of Lewis Carroll, ‘a little mad at times’.

“Over the years we have all matured but the legacy of our class has always stayed true,” she said. “Despite all our conflicts we were always there for each other when it was needed.”

Quoting Alice in Wonderland, Steen encouraged her classmates to fight until they get what they’re looking for.

“Nothing is impossible,” she said.

A parent dance and grand march concluded the night’s festivities.

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