Savannah

My name is Savannah. I was born in Regina and have lived here all my life. My family, which includes my parents and my sister, is very important to me. I have attended Regina Christian School since pre-school and am blessed to have made many lifelong friends. My high school experience has been fantastic and an incredibly fun portion of my life.

I really enjoy literature and history. I am very interested in social sciences and have a passion for books and film. I have participated in musical every year of high school and am excited to play Grace Farrell in our upcoming production of Annie. I have been in my high school’s choir since Grade 9 and have the privilege of being involved with the high school SLC this year. I am dedicated to my schoolwork and strive to achieve high honours. I also believe in service and have volunteered through our school’s Guatemala and inner-city missions teams. I am thankful for the opportunities I have had in high school and all the people who have been a part of my experience.

I am honoured to receive this award. I will use this as an encouragement as I pursue a degree in Public Administration at the University of Saskatchewan. I anticipate a bright future and desire to follow God’s will for my life.

Mckenzie

My name is McKenzie, and I am currently in my senior year at Sheldon-Williams Collegiate, where I have been a proud Spartan for four years.

Although I was very lucky with all the open doors my parents gave me growing up, as I entered high school, I reduced the amount of activities I participated in so I could excel in a select few. For the past four years, in and out of school, I have been involved in choir, band, jazz band, curling, piano, guitar, Olympic lifting, basketball and track, as well as taking on a leadership role in our student council and achieving honour roll.

From Grades 9 to 11, I played on the girls’ basketball team, receiving the MVP award from my teammates, but I had to make a tough decision to not play this year as track became a priority to me.  Since I was seven years old, I have been involved in track, specifically pole vault. During high school, I have brought home three city gold medals, two provincial gold medals, and one provincial silver medal as a result of pole vaulting as a Spartan. Outside of school, I have also competed in several provincial and Western Canadian Championships, placing first in a few, and last year, I was ranked eighth nationally.

Sheldon-Williams Collegiate has offered me many opportunities to grow as a student and athlete and has built the determined person I have become today. As far as the future goes, I hope to continue pole vaulting and further my education in science next year at McGill University.

Andrea

My name is Andrea, and I am the youngest of four. From the time I was I able to walk, I was being taught how to hold a hockey stick, throw a ball, and swing a bat. In my family, your first pair of shoes was likely to be a pair of skates or cleats and your first steps were most likely on the ice or the field!

As I grew up, I wanted to try everything that my siblings were doing so I was speed swimming and playing basketball, badminton, hockey, volleyball, and softball. Since I loved all of these sports so much, I couldn’t choose a favourite and, as a result, I still have a schedule overloaded with activities.

In high school, I joined the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Thom and proceeded to play every sport I could in Grade 9 while playing Bantam AA hockey. In my second year of high school, I continued in the IB program, but this time I was playing AAA hockey with the Regina Rebels while continuing my badminton career and winning provincials in my junior year. I am now assistant captain for the Rebels and am playing at the Canada Winter Games for badminton this year.

It has not always been easy balancing school and sports, but it has helped me learn discipline, respect and responsibility. I have always had the support of my family, friends and teachers, and I would personally like to thank them all for supporting me on my journey.

Jonathan

My name is Jon. I was born in Regina, Saskatchewan on December 12, 1996. I am an 18-year-old only child, and I strongly feel that that has played a large part in shaping who I am today. I grew up playing sports, never excelling at any, but always trying my best (not actually always). I also love to fish, and I spend a good chunk of my winter snowmobiling wherever I can.

As a student, I can honestly say I love Balfour. It is a tremendous school full of awesome teachers and even better students. It wasn’t until my Grade 10 year at Balfour that I started to get involved in school sports and activities. I joined our absolutely awful hockey team, played football for a full season for the first time in my life, and even played badminton for a few days. Once Grade 11 hit, I continued to play sports through the school and joined our SRC, but, no, I never did go back to badminton.

I would love to spend a part of my life travelling the world (who wouldn’t?), and despite my love for the snow, I have to admit I would take sandy shores and warm air over Saskatchewan winters any day.

Elizabeth

My name is Elizabeth. I am a proud Spartan, graduating from Sheldon-Williams Collegiate this year. Throughout my years at Sheldon, I have been fortunate to experience all aspects of the school. I have been heavily involved in both the arts and the athletics. During all four years, I have been a player on the basketball and volleyball teams, and a member of the choir, band, and vocal jazz ensembles. This year I have joined the chamber choir. I have also participated in three musicals, each being a fantastic experience. Being involved in these groups has allowed me to travel and experience competitions, tournaments, festivals, and clinics. Sheldon-Williams has allowed me to benefit from these activities while being academically successful.

I have had a wonderful high school experience. I have met so many great people who have helped me gain self-confidence and pushed me out of my comfort zone. The groups and teams of which I’ve been a member have given me the opportunity to have a leadership role. Both my family and the teachers at Sheldon have supported me over the past four years. I am very glad that I chose to become so involved at Sheldon because it has made my high school experience one that I will never forget. Once a Spartan, always a Spartan!

Kylie

My name is Kylie. For the past 17.5 years of my life, I have been blessed with opportunities, faced with challenges, and have learned from a variety of experiences. Every detail of my life has helped to shape me into the person I am today―balanced, determined, compassionate, and enthusiastic.

I grew up in a small, supportive family consisting of my parents and twin sister. My parents have always supported me and encouraged me to strive for excellence in all that I do. My twin sister has challenged me through constant competition, allowing me to accomplish things I would have never imagined.

I have been fortunate enough to play for my school’s soccer and basketball teams for all of my high school years, as well as participated in track-and-field events for two years. In addition, I was able to maintain the highest academic average in my high school in 2013 and 2014.

Volunteering has played a big role in my life these past few years. I volunteered for the Heart and Stroke Foundation in 2014, and I regularly volunteer at Circle Square Ranch, a summer camp in Wolf Creek, Saskatchewan.

I am honoured to have received this award, and I thank all of those who believe I deserve it. I hope to continue to grow and remain active in my community.

Erica

Hello! My name is Erica, and I am the 2014-2015 SRC President of Archbishop M.C. O’Neill Catholic High School. During my four years of high school, I have been involved in many school extra-curricular activities such as cross-country, wrestling, assembly committee, and the SRC. These experiences have helped to connect me to the school community in positive ways. I have participated in cross-country throughout all four years of high school, and during grade eleven and twelve, I became the cross-country captain. I am also a member of the Titan wrestling team, having placed in the top three in the city and qualified for provincials in all four years of high school.

Not only do I play sports, but I am also on the assembly committee and help create entertaining assemblies for students as part of the SRC. In the past, I was also involved with O’Neill Improv. In my free time, which is limited due to extracurricular activities, I play the piano. Just because I am busy does not mean I take school lightly. Academics are the most important part of my school experience. I am currently enrolled in three advanced placement courses: AP English, AP Calculus, and AP Psychology. Everything I do is to the best of my ability. What I have learned in my years at high school is that in order to succeed, one must take risks and explore as many opportunities as possible.

Kaylee

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it” (Michael Jordan). My name is Kaylee, and I have the attitude that each day is a new day and I have the power to conquer any obstacle in front of me. Life is a reflection of the choices that I make. In my life, I choose to feel blessed, grateful, inquisitive and determined. I choose to live a life by choice, not by chance.

I attend Winston Knoll and am proud of my high academic average. One area which brings me great joy and satisfaction is competing in the Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF). I have showcased my scientific and technological achievements in Charlottetown, Lethbridge, and Windsor. In 2013, I was awarded a bronze medal award of excellence at the CWSF. I am also involved with volleyball, basketball, and track. Volunteering with physically and mentally challenged students and canvassing for diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, cancer, and heart and stroke is intrinsically rewarding.

Life is full of choices. No matter what obstacles come my way, the choice of staying positive, persevering, and having the support of my family and friends has allowed me to overcome them. I believe in myself and my abilities, and I look forward to my bright future.

Zach

I started going to Thom Collegiate in the French Immersion program in Grade 10. I signed up for all of the music classes and have made the honour roll each year. Music has always been an inspiration to me, and I was thrilled to play the lead role in our high school musical, “Honk,” this year.

I have treasured my time in high school and have been known to always help out when I am needed and to go above and beyond of what is expected of me. I take none of the credit for my actions, as I’ve been taught in church that being under my authorities will always be a blessing. I am not afraid to ask God for everything that I need, as I couldn’t have done 13 years of school without going to Him in prayer.

Ever since I could open my eyes and play with the “big kid toys,” I was fascinated with all modes of transportation and how they worked. When I went for a flight at the Regina Flying Club on March 16, 2012, I was told by my flight instructor that I should really pursue flying, as he thought I was born to fly, which totally inspired me. As a result, I am actually on my way to getting my private pilot’s license to pursue flying as a career.

I am in awe of getting this award and couldn’t have done it without God, my family, friends and teachers.

Jobie

My name is Jobie, and I am a proud Spartan in my senior year at Sheldon-Williams Collegiate. A large part of my life for the past four years has been spent competing for my school. Playing football, basketball, hockey, volleyball, golf, and curling has allowed me to represent “The C” and develop friendships with fellow Spartans who are more important than any game I ever played.

Athletics have always been a big part of who I am but this year, I ventured beyond my comfort zone and was elected Senior Grade Leader of our Student Leadership Council, a role I take pride in doing well. I have often been a quiet leader who leads by example, but leading a student body of 500 has helped me become a more confident speaker. In the classroom, I have been able to maintain a high A average in all of my academic subjects, which challenges me to manage my time and prioritize the activities that are important to me.

The guidance I have received from my parents, teachers, and coaches, as well as the friendship I have received from my peers, has made me who I am today. I am thankful for the experiences that I have been provided through my involvement at Sheldon, as well as the people I have met. I am, and always will be, a proud Spartan.