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

F. W. Johnson Collegiate

My name is Matthew Leusink, and over the past four years, I have attended F.W. Johnson Collegiate. I played football for two years, was on the track team for three years, cross country for one and experienced being an outdoor school leader.

Outside of school, I enjoy working out and spending time with my family, friends and dogs. I’ve always found enjoyment from reading and gaming and spend a good amount of my spare time indulging in these hobbies. Jogging has always been my go-to activity and favourite way to spend my time because it relaxes me and makes me feel alive.

During my four years at Johnson, I’ve gone through difficult times but have also had a great time with the people close to me. High school has taught me many lessons and moulded me into who I am now. I’ve grown as a person and am excited for life to take off after high school. I owe everything I’ve learned and ways I’ve changed to my teachers and friends over my high school years and will always thank them for helping me improve myself.

For my future, I plan on taking the Primary Care Paramedic program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic in Regina. Once I complete the course, I want to pursue a career as a paramedic and live a great life. I am thankful to be a Twelfth Year recipient and am looking forward to what life has in store for me!

Michael A. Riffel Catholic High School

My name is Amy Downey. I am currently in grade 12 at Michael A. Riffel Catholic High School. Throughout high school, I have been involved in numerous extra-curricular activities and I help out around my community in as many ways as I can. I have been involved with school drama productions and I have been on the Improv team for 3 years. In my first 2 years on the team, we won the city tournament–making history for Riffel. I am now in a senior role on the SRC (student representative council)and spend numerous hours each week planning events, assemblies, and school dances. Due to my high level of involvement and dedication, I have received extra-curricular awards. I also been on the honour roll since the start of high school. I am forever thankful for my time at Riffel because it has given me so many experiences and opportunities that I will hold forever. Additionally, I have two part-time jobs; in the future, I plan on attending the Blanche Macdonald school in Vancouver and enrolling in their global makeup program to further pursue my love for makeup

Sheldon-Williams Collegiate

Sheldon-Williams Collegiate has been my home for the past four memorable years. I wouldn’t have wanted to spend my time anywhere else! I’m so very proud to be a Spartan.

While attending Sheldon, I participated heavily in sports, arts and clubs. Throughout the years, I was a part of numerous teams: hockey, curling, football, soccer, handball, cross-country and track and field. I was the captain of both the hockey and soccer teams during my senior year. I was awarded the leadership award in multiple sports during my time at Sheldon. I’ve enjoyed many opportunities to lead others while striving to be a positive role model. These experiences have helped me develop into a leader in many aspects of my life.

I took an interest in the arts and participated in both the concert band all four of my high school years and the concert choir from Grades 9 to 11. In my senior year, I was elected to be the vice-president of the Student Leadership Council.

While balancing my school commitments, I played Midget ‘A’ hockey and flag football, refereed hockey, achieved honour roll status all four years and maintained an average of 90% or higher. Even with this heavy workload, I challenged myself further by taking the AP English course in Grades 11 and 12.

This fall, I will be enrolling in Education at the University of Regina. I plan to become an elementary school teacher while also continuing to participate in my many activities in the future.

Archbishop MC O’Neil Catholic High School

My name is Jerico Sampang and I like to think that I’m pretty amazing. Is it true? Well, I don’t even know. But I’m always one to think optimistically. In all seriousness, I think I’ve done a lot to be proud of in my past four years of high school. It always seems to be difficult for people to admit they have done great things and I am no exception. But in my four years of being at Archbishop MC O’Neill Catholic High School, I’ve been a lead in many drama productions, a huge advocate for the arts, and have become the SRC president. But the most important thing I have done is become an LGBTQ+ role model for many students at O’Neill. It is never easy to stand up and be who you are without shame or fear. What I learned is courage is not the absence of fear, it is to be the master of fear. If you were to meet me on a regular day, I may come off as someone who is bold and brave. Truth be told, I fear for my safety every day. But what I know is that darkness does not drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hatred does not drive out hatred, only love can do that. So, I drive out that fear by living a life of love and compassion. I hope to bring these lessons into my future of being a teacher, teaching students that it is okay to be different because there is no such thing as being normal! I want to become a teacher to guide lost souls who were once like me and to see the potential in those who cannot see it themselves. Sometimes, all anyone needs is someone who believes in them, and I intend to be that person.

F. W. Johnson Collegiate

My name is Lydia Nguyen, and I am a Grade 12 student and proud Wildcat from F.W. Johnson Collegiate!

Throughout these past four years, I’ve been involved with a variety of circles at Johnson, including the concert band, badminton team, French club, and I was an Outdoor School leader earlier this year. In Grade 11, I had the amazing opportunity to participate in the school’s Leadership class where I was able to help organize school events and interact with my local community. I am also an advocate for LGBTQ rights and my friend and I hosted Johnson’s first Pride celebration to show support for students of all gender identities and orientations!

Concerning my academics, I’ve consistently maintained a high overall average of above 97% each year and am the recipient of numerous subject awards. I’m a multimedia artist with a strong passion for arts and culture. I love to work with anything I can get my hands on, but my strongest area is digital illustration. Though I’ve worked part time since I was 15, I do commission work on the side and occasionally participate in art anthologies online.

I’m a bit nervous about the road ahead, but I’m very excited to see where the future will take me! I’m currently enrolled in pre-pharmacy at the University of Regina’s Faculty of Science. I’d like to thank all of the incredible staff at Johnson, as well as my peers, for all of their constant support!

Michael A. Riffel Catholic High School

I am a student at Michael A. Riffel Catholic High School where I am currently finishing my grade 12 year. In my four years, I’ve made many wonderful memories in school extracurricular activities such as being on the SRC, playing volleyball, fall/spring drama productions, Improv, Best Buddies, That’s Possible, badminton, track, and flag football. Being involved has become an important part of my lifestyle and has shaped me to be who I am. I have learned many lessons and skills from participating in these activities that I can apply in my everyday life. By being in a variety of different activities, I have made long-lasting friends. These friends have influenced me to become better at the things I do every day and they have encouraged me to never give up.

After high school, I plan to go to university and study to become a nurse. Ever since I was young, I have aspired to be a nurse and I have used this goal to strive for strong grades. Outside of school, I work two part-time jobs, one being at my family’s business. My family is a huge influence in my life as they constantly support me in all my endeavours. My ambitions have led me to become a leader, not only in my school, but as well as at my work and in my community. Thank you, Twelfth Year, for this wonderful recognition

Sheldon-Williams Collegiate

My name is Jabreel Rana, and I am a student at Sheldon-Williams Collegiate. Many people have asked me what I have managed to accomplish in my four years of high school. For many months, this question would float around my mind and I felt that I had not done as much as I should have now that high school was coming to an end, but that proved false in Grade 11.

I was part of many cool activities and smaller events at our school, but I wanted to expand my horizon and take on the bigger picture ideas. This would mean I would partake in the Leadership 20 class and choose a problem or issue that is hot in our community. Mental health was a hot topic and every one in three students was suffering from some form of mental illness so I wanted to make a difference to change all of that. Many fundraisers took place over many months and my classmates and I put in tons of hours of work but the end reward was definitely worth it. We raised over $17,000, which was all donated to Canadian Mental Health. Over the course of this initiative, it was evident that my skills and hard work proved to be helpful for many students at our school.

I am also an AP Biology 30 and AP Calculus student and look forward to moving onto the University of Saskatchewan to study pre-medicine. I would like to become a neurologist doctor in radiologic sub sections. I tend to like doing school work and excelling. I am also a multisport athlete who likes to play many sports. Soccer, handball and golf are my favourite sports, and I have been playing them in all four of my high school years.

That is my life and who I am and what made me who I am.

Archbishop M.C. O’Neill Catholic High School

My name is Karrah, and I’m a proud O’Neill Titan!

Archbishop M CO’NeillCatholicHigh School has been a great place for me to grow and develop. I’ve had opportunities to build relationships and develop leadership skills. During my time at O’Neill, I have been a Student Trustee for RCSD, a basketball and soccer trainer, and have been involved in various other sports. For the last three years, I have had the amazing opportunity to be a part of the SRC. In my senior year, I have embraced the role of Vice-President. I have used this opportunity to bring positive change to the school. It has been my passion to educate others and help reduce the stigma about Mental Illness.

In my spare time, I love to bake. I enjoy all kinds of baking-from cookies and muffins to cakes and macarons. It’s a tasty way to channel my creativity. My future plans include attending the University of Regina to study Middle Years Education. I have always had an interest in working with young people and helping them develop. Teachers and adults in my life have inspired me to work to make a difference and be the change I want to see in the world. Teaching will give me the opportunity to continue to make positive change and influence the next generation.

Change starts with you!

F. W. Johnson

My name is Sabah Sharif, and I moved to Canada as a Syrian refugee in 2016. Over the past four years, my life has greatly changed and I am proud of how far I’ve come.

I started Grade 9 as a shy person due to a lack of English skills, but with dedication and hard work, I was able to improve my English very quickly. I took every opportunity I was given to help myself grow as a person. I enrolled in many activities in my school that included singing in the choir and playing on the badminton team. I’ve also been an Outdoor School leader and the leader for the Peer Support group at Johnson. I seek excellence and that is shown in my academics since Grade 9.

Proudly, I started my journey of reconciliation and have been advocating for the importance of truth and reconciliation over the last few semesters. I hosted events regarding this issue and took part in the Treaty Four flag-raising ceremony at Johnson. I also wanted to give back to my community; therefore, I started volunteering at the Regina Open Door Society since the end of 2017 to teach young newcomers English and help them adapt to their new lives. Above all that, I manage to work part time to help support the family who has been there for me.

“You reap what you sow.”

My dedication and hard work have taken me to a new level and it has opened new doors and opportunities for me. I am thankful for my family, my teachers and all those who stood by me and supported me. I hope to become a pediatrician and serve in Doctors Without Borders program.