Parker Kennedy won the distinction award for Grade 7, Jenna Dies won the award for Grade 8, Kate Brennan won for Grade 9, Charlotte Higgins for Grade 10. For Grade 11 there was a two-way tie between JJ Goodison and Denna Valcourt and Fynley Kuijt won the award for Grade 12. Ezra Black/The Free Press Parker Kennedy won the distinction award for Grade 7, Jenna Dies won the award for Grade 8, Kate Brennan won for Grade 9, Charlotte Higgins for Grade 10. For Grade 11 there was a two-way tie between JJ Goodison and Denna Valcourt and Fynley Kuijt won the award for Grade 12. Ezra Black/The Free Press

Fernie Secondary School honours students

School hosts academic and athletic achievement awards

Fernie Secondary School (FSS) recognized the achievements of its students at the annual Academic and Athletic Awards ceremony on June 21.

Every year FSS recognizes academic achievement for all students who receive an 86 per cent or higher grade in each subject they are enrolled in.

Certificates were handed out to students who met this standard. Top awards and distinction were given to those who earned the highest grade in the subject.

“Fernie Secondary students have had a successful year and should be proud of their achievements,” said school principal Linda Christenson.

Grade 12 student Fynley Kuijt was named top English student, top mathematics student, top natural science student and top French student.

She also received the Pierre Mury Positive Contribution Award for her leadership skills and won the distinction award for her grade.

“I never thought this was possible when I was in elementary school,” said Kuijt. “I was a straight B student and then I got to high school and I like it. I like learning, which makes it easier to do well in class.”

Kuijt has been accepted to study environmental education at the University of British Columbia and hopes to one-day become an educator.

Mattew Buchan was named top physical science student, Shaylyn Johnson won top social studies student and Lania Cook won top art student. There was a two-way tie for both top drama student and top shop class student with Juliana Pater and Pierce Potyok winning the drama award and Austin Poirier and Daniel Reay winning for shop.

Parker Kennedy won the distinction award for Grade 7, Jenna Dies won the award for Grade 8, Kate Brennan won for Grade 9, Charlotte Higgins for Grade 10 and for Grade 11 there was a two-way tie between JJ Goodison and Denna Valcourt.

After the Academic Awards, FSS’s student athletes were recognized for their outstanding achievements.

All of the school’s Bantam, Junior and Senior sports teams received an award along with top individual athletes.

Clay Birch won the Senior Boys Award, Taryn Kelly won the Senior Girls Award, Liam MacLean won the Junior Boys Award and Anja Kujit and Clare Howard split the Junior Girls Award. Connor Will won the Bantam Boys Award and Brooke Demmings and Patricia Zamora Diaz split the Bantam Girls Award.

“I’m very proud of our students,” said vice principal Tara Elliot. “They’re very dedicated and they’re great role models.”

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Fernie Secondary’s top individual athletes Taryn Kelly, Liam MacLean, Anja Kujit, Clare Howard, Connor Will, Brooke Demmings and Patricia Zamora Diaz. Clay Birch (not pictured) won the Senior Boys Award. Ezra Black/The Free Press

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