Patrick

My name is Patrick, and I’m a Grade 12 student at Scott Collegiate. I have been going to Scott for all of my high school years. My time in high school has been very interesting, both because of the people I have met and because of the things I have been able to do at Scott.

Some of my best experiences in high school have involved my classes at Campus Regina Public (CRP). Through CRP, I have had the chance to take courses in electrical, plumbing and heating, and construction. Last year, I had the opportunity to attend the provincial Skills Canada competition in electrical, and I will be competing again this year. I have also had the chance to do electrical work for Habitat for Humanity, which was a great experience!

After high school, I plan to pursue a career in the trades and eventually become a Journeyman Electrician. I feel like my experiences at CRP and Scott have set me up for success in this field or any other trades that I might choose.

Alaa

My name is Alaa; I was born in Syria, moved to Calgary and finally to Regina. I attended pre-school at Regina Huda and have been there ever since. I will be graduating from Huda this June!

At five years old, my parents told me I would become a doctor when I grew up. Since then, I have been working towards my goal; if for a day I changed my mind and wanted to be a firefighter or a ballerina, I would always come back to medicine. In my house, the importance of academics was always underlined.

My religion is one of the biggest things in my life. I am ecstatic to be part of an Islamic awareness group: students who introduce Islam, its principles and basics to others.

I plan to attend the University of Regina in the Faculty of Kinesiology. After completing my degree, I hope to move to Saskatoon for medical school to become a cardiologist!

I am honoured to have been chosen to be recognized for the Twelfth Year Youth Salute Award. I want to thank my parents who have been pushing for my success my whole life!

Connor

My name is Connor, and I was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. In my family, I have my parents and my older brother, and my grandma is currently living with us. My family is an important part of my life.

I have attended Regina Christian School (RCS) for 14 years (pre-school to Grade 12). I am very grateful for all of the students and staff I have come to know over the years. I am also grateful for being able to grow in my relationship with God in this environment. Something unique about RCS is there are only 150 high school students; we are a very close-knit community. For the most part, everyone knows each other, and this is something I will miss as I move on to university.

Sports and extracurricular activities are a big part of my life. I grew up playing hockey, baseball, soccer, football and golf. I have played on our school’s basketball team for the past six years; during that time, I also played volleyball and soccer. Other extracurricular activities I have taken part in include SLC, choir, missions team, inner-city outreach, and the school musical. This year, I served as co-president of our SLC.

My plan for next year is to attend the University of Regina to study Business Administration. I look forward to starting the next chapter of my life.

Rajvir

Privilege―ignored by many but embraced by others.

My name is Rajvir, and I am a student at Martin Collegiate. I have attended here for the last one and a half years. As indicated by my name, my family is not from Canada. My dad, mother, brother, and I were all born in India, the place I called home for the first nine and a half years of my life. My birthplace and my life have taught me that I am a person born into privilege. With privilege, comes great responsibility to do the best I can with what life has given me.

Over the past two years, I have made studying a higher priority. I have decided to pursue science and politics at Simon Fraser University.

I am grateful for the support of my family, here in Canada and in India, who have believed in me. I would also like to thank my friends in British Columbia and Saskatchewan for accepting me for the person I am. I intend to always remember privileges are not a given.

Sarah

My name is Sarah, and I was born and raised in Regina Saskatchewan. I have a small family of just my parents, younger brother, but with our two pets of a cat and a dog the house is never quiet.

I attend Luther College High school, the same school as my father and as my grandmother before me, and am proud to keep the tradition going. I am very grateful to attend a school like Luther College for it’s strive for academic excellence. At my school I am also a member of a number of activities. I am a member of my schools choir which recently participated in the Rocky Mountains festival in Banff Alberta as well as went to Texas last year on a tour. I have been a member of my school’s soccer team for four years and even played in the championship game helping my school become the winners in the city. I have also been an active participant in my school’s musical performing every year. For clubs I am a member of my school’s Writing club, as well as the Yearbook and Anime clubs. Along with these clubs I am in charge of my school’s choral music library.

Outside of school I am a member of Rangers Girl Guides. I’ve been a member for 11 years and have found the experience very enjoyable and reward in teaching skills and values that I still follow to this day.

My plan next year is to attend the University of Saskatchewan to study Engineering Physics. I look forward to the challenge.

Yohan

My name is Yohan, and I was born in India. Having an Indian mother and a Sudanese father, I was exposed to many diverse cultures. My family immigrated to Canada in 1998 and in 2002, my father became a pastor in Moose Jaw. Our house was always full of people from many walks of life.

In 2008, my family moved to Regina to plant a church. This drove me to learn musical instruments, as the praise and worship team was lacking a drummer. After three months of drum lessons, I began to regularly play for the team. I also learned how to play the acoustic guitar and the bass guitar. I realized that music was my passion and, before long, I was singing and leading worship for both church and school chapel.

In addition to playing music and singing, I also began creative writing. In 2009, I began working on a series of fantasy novels based on my childhood imaginings. By Grade 11, I had won many writing and music awards in school and from the Young Writers of Saskatchewan Association.

I am now working hard in my Grade 12 year to graduate with honours and will be studying at the University of Regina to become an English and music teacher.

Michayla

My name is Michayla, and I am a well-rounded individual. I juggle being a dedicated student, a volleyball player, a basketball player and an employee, all while trying to give back to my community and organizations that touch a special place in my heart. It’s also important to me to spend quality time with my family and friends. It can be exhausting at times, but it is so worth it.

A big passion of mine is basketball. Basketball has a lot to do with my competitive, never-give-up attitude.

My family is a huge part of my life and the reason I am who I am today. I love my friends and all, but my family has always been there for me when the going gets tough.

I am a type 1 diabetic and have been since I was 11 years old. Being diagnosed and in the ICU was one of the hardest things I have ever gone through. This all takes a big toll on me, but it also contributes to making me the strong, mature person I am.

Constantly dealing with the medical field has inspired me to become a doctor one day. I feel joy in helping others, just as many doctors and healthcare providers have helped me. This is why it has always been a dream of mine, and I will do my best to find success in my life.

“You’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”
Christopher Robin, Winnie The Pooh

Alexis

My name is Alexis, and I was born on July 10, 1997. I’m definitely anything but ordinary―I’m colourful, sassy and unique! Perhaps my passion for unicorns and tacos makes me a bit different than the average high school student.

I’ve always loved school. When I’m at school, I tend to try and keep to myself as much as possible, but that doesn’t always work since I can also be really vocal and bubbly.

Elementary school flew by so fast and was a total breeze. Unfortunately, high school wasn’t always as easy for me, with lots of adolescent angst, but I tried to make the best of it by joining the Gay-Straight Alliance in Grade 10 and Peer Support in Grade 11. My experience with Peer Support and the wonderful Cochrane teachers has been absolutely amazing and made my high school years all the more fun. My favourite subjects since starting high school have been Culinary Arts, English and Social Studies.

In the future, I plan to attend university or Saskatchewan Polytechnic (formerly SIAST) to become a health inspector. When I was younger, I always thought I’d become an artist or a sculptor, but when I was around 16, I finally realized that I wanted to become a health inspector for the government.

Shaylin

My name is Shaylin, and I was born on December 10, 1997 in Durban, South Africa. When I was four years old, my parents had a vision to raise me in a free, safe, and friendly country that offered equal opportunity, hence our relocation to Regina. My life over the last 14 years has been shaped by academic and sporting influences.

Academically, my highlight and passion has been participating in the Campbell Collegiate Business Club since Grade 9 and culminating this year with the honour of being elected as president of the club. I embrace and benefit from our motto, “Create, communicate, collaborate,” and know I will continue to do so for the rest of my life. My achievement in the science field has been attending the NYSF in Australia in 2014.

High school football had a huge impact on my character development and led to me receiving the Citizenship Award this season. My water polo interest started early in elementary school, and I have played with Team Saskatchewan for several years. A highlight was being selected in 2011 to play with Team Canada, leading to travel and games in Europe. I still maintain interest in competitive play as well as refereeing and mentoring.

I am honoured to be selected for the Twelfth Year program. I thank all of my teachers and coaches for their guidance. Finally, I have to thank my parents because without their insight from 14 years ago, I would never have become the person I am today.

John

Hello! I am John and it would be an understatement to say that these past four years at Michael A. Riffel Catholic High School have flown by, right before my very eyes. A plethora of different experiences have created memories I will cherish for many years to come. Teachers, friends, and teammates have been a big part of my success in school, from achieving Honour Roll, to various extra-curricular activity accolades. High school has been an experience I will never forget. I feel very fortunate to have been able to experience Riffel’s brand of Catholic education which has prepared me for any challenges I may encounter in life. I am confident as a true Riffel Royal that I will overcome any obstacles in my way as I write the next chapter of my life, carrying the flag as a proud alumnus of this great institution.

Through my four years at Riffel, I have been actively involved in both sports and the SRC. I was chosen as a captain of both the soccer and football teams and I played basketball every year. During my four years as a member of the soccer team, I was selected as a team MVP and League All Star, back-to-back for Grades 11 and 12. In football, I was the running back for three years, and in my final year, I was voted by my teammates as the Offensive MVP and by my coaches as the Most Outstanding Citizen for the second year running. In addition to my participation in sports, I have held a position on the SRC for the past two years. In Grade 11, I was voted in as Athletics Director, a position normally reserved for a senior student. The following year, I was elected by the Riffel student body as SRC Vice President. Along with my extra-curricular involvement, I have also excelled academically, maintaining an overall average above 90%. I also participated in the University of Waterloo Math Contests and have achieved the highest marks in the years I have written this test. I plan to uphold my grades in university in the coming years in my quest to become an astrophysicist. Also, I want to thank my school for the great honour of being the 2015 nominee for the prestigious Schulich Leadership scholarship. It is a distinction I will cherish for the rest of my life. As I leave the great halls of Michael A. Riffel Catholic High School to embark on life’s next chapter, I take with me four years of experience and knowledge acquired from teachers, family, and friends. My time at Michael A. Riffel Catholic High School has shaped me into the man I am today, and every day of my life, I will strive to make myself and those around me better, in the best Riffel spirit possible.