Dr. Martin LeBoldus Catholic High School

My name is Riddore Creer and I am a Grade 12 student at Dr. Martin LeBoldus Catholic High School. If you ask most people at my school who I am, they would most likely say that I am the enthusiastic guy on the intercom. I am a very energetic and outgoing person and have been very involved in my school community since Grade 9. I am blessed to have been involved in the music and drama programs and I have also been a part of MINGA and Multicultural Club. My faith has always been very important to me, and I have loved sharing it through my role as theLiturgical Representative on the SRC and through my involvement with Aramaic, the praise and worship band at my school. I have always strived to create a welcoming, open, and loving community at my school, so everyone feels that they belong. I am a very outgoing, passionate, and diligent person, due in part to being raised by strong and hardworking immigrant parents.They have always inspired me to do my best and to pursue my dreams, without being afraid to do so. This is why I will be moving to Toronto to pursue a career in nursing at Ryerson University. Although I am unsure of where my life will go, I am ready to tackle adulthood, to follow my dreams on my journey, and to spread positivity and kindness to the world

Regina Huda School

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” (Viktor Frankl)

This quotation has defined the progression I have made as a student, friend, brother and person. My name is Ahmed Salad, and I am a member of the leadership, debate and business clubs of Regina Huda School.

I have spent the last eight years of my life in Regina, six of which I have attended RHS from Grade 7 through 12. Before coming to this school, I was enrolled in the full-time Quran Memorization Course, in which I memorized the 604-page Holy Book. As for my time in RHS, I have managed to receive the great honour roll award throughout all of high school, among other honours.

As one who can appreciate the strides mankind has made through history to get us to where we are today, I also strive to learn as much as possible to help advance humanity in some way. My continuous love for science stems from my father’s career as a dedicated geologist, along with my passionate teachers here in RHS.

For my immediate future, I plan on attending the University of Regina to pursue a biology degree, with a focus on genetics, which is among science’s most exciting fields.

Words cannot express how much RHS has shaped me as a person, and I am most grateful to each and every one of the teachers, staff and students for helping me to be who I am today.

Campbell Collegiate

Being a Campbell student has definitely changed my life for the better. Throughout my years at Campbell Collegiate, I have been very committed in the arts, athletics and academic programs at my school. Whether it’s singing Christmas carols in the hallways with my choir or eating lunch with a special needs student, I find there is always something to do at Campbell to make my day special.

Sports have always been a huge part of my life, and I am happy to be attending a school with such a great athletics program. From basketball to handball, I have had the privilege to represent seven of my Campbell Tartan teams as Captain. This position has allowed me to grow both as a leader and as a person. One of my biggest athletic achievements during my time at Campbell was leading the junior girls’ basketball team to winning championships. Moments like that are what make me realize how amazing it is to be a Tartan.

In addition to sports, academics have always been important to me. I have maintained above an 85% average in all of the classes I have completed thus far, and I have no plans to abandon that pattern in Grade 12. I pride myself in maintaining amazing relationships with my teachers, which has helped me develop into the person I am today! Overall, I am a passionate person who likes to succeed in all aspects of my life. I find joy in helping others succeed, which in turn makes me a better person.

Martin Collegiate

My name is Brooke Betson, and I am a Grade 12 student at Martin Collegiate. I am grateful to come from a crazy, busy and loving household. My parents and younger brother are always pushing me to be the best person I can be. Considering my family’s passion for sports, athletics have always been a huge part of my life. Throughout high school, I have played volleyball, basketball and ringette; however, my ultimate passion is softball. I love the competitiveness and how there’s always something new to learn about the game. This past year, I played in 10 tournaments in the United States with my travel team, the 222’s, and an American team called Team TFS. Even though I love experiencing new places, I treasure the friendships and life lessons that I learn even more!

I am currently pursuing a softball scholarship and an education in the field of human resource management at a high-level university. Despite how hard I work on the softball field, I always work just as hard, if not harder, off the field. Throughout high school, I have played on my school’s Unified basketball team, been a part of the student representative council, helped out with a local U12 softball team and worked at a part-time job. These have been some of the most fulfilling experiences of my life.

I am so incredibly thankful for my family, teammates, coaches and teachers, who have provided me with the amazing opportunities that have molded me into the person who I am today.

Scott Collegiate

My name is Victoria Gabriel, and I am an Advanced Placement (AP) student at Scott Collegiate. I am the first in my family to receive this award, and I am happy to say that I have done everything that I need to do to graduate high school and go to university and pursue my dream career as a musical performer.

Most of my after-school time consists of working with elementary school kids in the Growing Young Movers program, which I am a mentor for. Getting to help teach the future generation is something I take pride in doing whenever I can. I’ve done javelin every year of high school for track and field and it’s one of my favourite sports to do; it’s one of my passions and I look forward to doing it every year.

My biggest passion in life is music. Whenever I play my trumpet, I’m the happiest I can be. Performing in front of people brings me so much joy, I can’t even begin to describe it. I will be attending the University of Regina for music performance and possibly music education later on. I knew ever since the eighth grade that I wanted to be a musician when I grew up, and I’m happy to say that my dream has not changed since. Music has helped me so much in life and I just want to be able to bring other people the same joy that I get with music.

Campbell Collegiate

My name is Maren Rogers, and my involvement within my school and community has been an important part of who I am for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I moved a lot because of my dad’s career, and I became accustomed to the feeling of being the new kid and all the confusion that came with it. This experience sparked my desire to make sure that every new kid who came after me wouldn’t have to feel the uncertainty about their place like I did.

When the opportunity arose to become a member of the Student Leadership Council at Campbell Collegiate, I knew right away that it was something that I wanted to do, and I’ve been lucky enough to be a member of the SLC for the past four years. The ability to be a part of the decision making that can improve others’ high school experiences has not only allowed me to prove myself as a leader but also to come out of my own shell and boost my own confidence.

Another passion area of mine is my involvement with our school’s Best Buddies program. For the past four years, I have been able to see the immense kindness that this program promotes, and I look forward to lunches with my buddy every month.

Outside of my extracurricular activities, I am very focused on my academics—taking AP English, earning my place on honour roll each year, and always striving to improve my own ability to learn in all of my classes. I also work as a lifeguard/swim instructor and love working with children through teaching them the important skill of swimming.

I look forward to what the future will hold for me as I continue my education at the University of Regina this fall!

Martin Collegiate

My name is Emma Kathleen Kasprick, but when I was younger, I preferred being called Spider-Man! When adults would ask, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I’d answer, “Spider-Man!” It never seemed to be a welcome answer to whomever I replied, but I guess I was indifferent to their consternation. To this day, I still admire Spider-Man’s problem solving, his resilience, humour, work ethic and passion for helping others. Though I’ll never wear a Spidey suit or have web-shooting powers, I think I’ll always quietly do my best to live with those Spider-Man-like qualities.

I am passionate and dedicated to many things: academic achievement (staff medals annually), musical theatre (roles Ariel & Belle), basketball, art and earning income both through a part-time job and running my own cotton candy business. Yes, I traded spinning webs for spinning candy! Running this small business has been special because I’ve worked as a team with my brother, Caleb, and it’s provided us many opportunities to give back to the community!

I will miss Martin Collegiate and all of my teachers. I am proud to belong to a school that values arts, athletics, academics and community.

I am excited to move on to my post-graduate life to complete a degree in civil engineering. Right now I’m considering a move to Edmonton to attend the University of Alberta, where I’ve been offered a President’s Entrance Citation. As excited as I am, I miss my friends and family already.

Scott Collegiate

My name is Shanaiah Creedance Geddes. I was born in Regina, Saskatchewan on June 17, 2002 and adopted soon after birth. I’m working hard to achieve my goals I’ve dreamed of since I was six years old, which was to be a city police officer. I’ve moved around a lot but have lived here in Regina for four years.

I enjoy doing sketches and acrylic painting, but love playing and learning guitar. I absolutely take delight in many sports and Jiu Jitsu but most of all, I adore being around the people I love.

The biggest challenge I’m facing in my life is feeling emotionally well as I’ve been diagnosed with C-PTSD at a young age. I keep pushing and pushing even though it feels like a cement wall, but I think about my teachers, my friends and my family and it drives me to be the person I am today. I will never stop for myself or for others because that’s just who I am as a young Indigenous woman.

Martin Collegiate

My name is Aliyah Lerat, and I am a graduating student at Martin Collegiate. I would say the one word that best describes my school and out-of-school life is busy. I am someone who always has a full schedule and is constantly balancing multiple activities. Some things I’ve been involved in during high school include wrestling, band, musical theatre, coffee house, GSA, Skills Canada, Sask Fashion Week and more.

My time at Martin has been well spent; I’ve met so many great teachers who have helped me shine a light on my creative side. In today’s world, creativity shines in many different ways among young people, which gives them many opportunities to make a name for themselves. I can proudly say because of all the people I’ve met (whether family, friends or teachers), they have helped contribute to me making a name for myself. I have had so many great opportunities and not a lot of people my age can say they have had the same.

I am truly thankful to be seen for the positivity and dedication I put out into the world, and I’m thrilled to continue my life journey while finding myself and my place in the world.

Scott Collegiate

My name is Samantha Kingerski. I am the youngest of three with two older brothers. I live in a single-parent household; my mom has been my rock through it all. I have a cat named Potato and he is such a goofball, but I love him anyways, even when he’s lazy.

During this last couple of years, I have gone through six surgeries. I have gone through three back surgeries, two wrist surgeries and one neck surgery. I didn’t think I would graduate with my peers, but I pushed myself beyond what I thought I was capable of and passed all of my classes.

I’m a Grade 12 student at Scott Collegiate and have been there since Grade 9. The staff is amazing and has strong community morals. I thank Scott staff for encouraging me to take pride in my work and to have a good community relationship.

Outside of school, I have been part of the Girl Guides of Canada program for 11 years. Since I turned 18 this year, I will be returning as a guider to the program to give back to the next generation of girls, just like my guiders did for me.

Following high school, I have been conditionally accepted to the First Nations University to the Indigenous Social Work program. I am taking this degree because I want to help the future generations to come.