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.

Miller Comprehensive Catholic High School

My name is Jaclynn Hunchak and I am very proud to say I am a Miller Marauder. Attending Miller Comprehensive Catholic High School has definitely been the best decision I have ever made. During my high school years, through an abundance of opportunities, I have made new friends and learned from each experience.

Through classes and extra curricular involvement, I have had numerous chances to explore new ideas and activities. From waking up at 7:00 am to attend early bird choir to serving on the SRC for two years, each moment has been valuable. In grade 9, I was hesitant to become involved. Who would have thought by grade twelve I would be running a campaign for a position on the SRC executive? In my final grade 12 year, I am happy to serve as one of the leaders on our SRC, and have worked to organize all types of events for my peers. Getting involved in high school activities has truly helped me for the next phase of my life.

I am also busy outside of school. My community involvement includes playing ringette. I have been playing ringette for the past seven years and have enjoyed every minute. From the very first minute I stepped on the ice I was instantly in love with the game.

I have been accepted into the University of Regina Bachelor of Education Program. I look forward to working as a teacher and making a school the type of positive learning environment I experienced. I would like to teach English at the high school level and obtain my certificate to teach high school special needs students. I will continue to work hard toward being a happy and contributing member of my community.