Harvest City Christian Academy

My name is Ethan Corpuz, and I was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. I am blessed with supportive parents, who have influenced my growth into the adult I am today, and with two older siblings, who help me succeed in classes and my activities.

I have attended Harvest City Christian Academy since Kindergarten, and during high school, I have constantly pushed myself to always try something new. Through it, I found great passions, including the Student Leadership Council (SLC) and Drama Club. I have been a member of the SLC for all four years of high school. My roles have been as the social representative leader and as the co-president. I received the School Spirit award and the Christian Service Award in both Grades 10 and 11 for my contributions to the SLC. I am thankful for the support and encouragement I received from my advisors, as well as the lessons they have taught me in leadership and in serving.

I have also been part of the Drama Club throughout high school and held the lead roles in Grades 10 and 11. My favourite role was Captain Georg von Trapp in The Sound of Music. I am grateful for the support of my drama teachers as they pushed my comfort limits.

After graduation, I will be attending Saskatchewan Polytechnic in Moose Jaw, enrolling in Architectural Technologies. I want to thank Erin and Andrea for the opportunity to be a part of Twelfth Year.

Scott Collegiate

My name is Amilia Shepherd. I am 18 years old in Grade 12 at Scott Collegiate. I am from the Ocean Man First Nation but live in Regina. I recently got accepted into the University of Regina for pre-law and will start in the fall, where I will have that degree in four years. After that, I plan on going to a bigger city for law school and getting my law degree there.

I used to love going to karate and training for tournaments when I was younger, but didn’t have time for it after I started focusing on school and keeping up my grades. At the moment, I work as a mentor for an after-school program called G.Y.M. and get paid while working with the kids!

I moved out of my mom’s house and took on a lot of responsibilities at a young age. Some of those responsibilities are paying my own bills, getting myself to school, taking care of myself and making sure my apartment is clean…stuff you wouldn’t expect a 17 year old to be doing. Thankfully I was taught all those skills at a younger age from my family. Learning these life skills at a young age helped me to become the responsible person I am today.

Harvest City Christian Academy

I am a Grade 12 student at Harvest City Christian Academy. I was involved with our Student Leadership Council for four years and in my Grade 11 year, I served as co-president. In 2019, I was chosen to participate in the Vimy Pilgrimage Award and was invited to spend a week travelling to Belgium and France re-tracing the steps of Canadian WWI soldiers.

My extracurricular and community involvement efforts have been recognized as a Loran National Finalist and through the awarding of the Sovereigns Medal for Volunteers, Saskatchewan Youth Indigenous Award for Outstanding Achievement, the Enbridge Youth Leadership Award, the Nutrien Youth Financial Management Award and the Elwood Harvey Co-operative Leadership Award.

I will attend McGill University in Montreal, and I plan to pursue a Bachelor of Commerce degree through the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill. I plan to eventually have a career in International Aid and Development.

Sheldon-Williams Collegiate

My journey to Canada began when I was 10 years old, and I was forced to move to Jordan because of the war in Syria. When I was 16, my family and I were accepted as refugees and began our life in Canada.

In my first year in Canada, I started at Sheldon-Williams Collegiate, where I began to develop my English skills. I took a creative writing class that helped me to learn new words and was able to have one of my poems published in a book called, Speak Up: Young Saskatchewan Writers.

In order to achieve more in school, in November, I decided to participate in the Remembrance Day ceremony to share my poem in front of the entire student body. I shared my deep feelings to help other students to understand the life of refugees and my story of living through war. I also have a history of celebrating culture and have twice helped to organize and perform in the Multicultural Day performances.

I was honoured to win the Multicultural Youth Leadership Award from the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan in 2018. I have spoken at an EAL teachers’ conference and SSWIS conference to give ideas on what new students need from schools and community organizations in order to be successful. Even though my English is still developing, I have used my voice to create awareness and connection. In 2019, I met the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan when I was invited to deliver the closing prayer at his Honour’s prayer breakfast. I also co-presented with Her Excellency, Julie Payette, Governor-General of Canada, was part of Sheldon’s SLC and took two years of choir. As a result of all of these things, I was interviewed by various media.

I feel very honoured for all of the opportunities and experiences I have had at Sheldon. This school is a wonderful place that will hold a special place in my heart forever. Thank you for the honour of being one of this year’s Twelfth Year recipients.

Harvest City Christian Academy

I am Elizabeth Ingrid Espinas Primitivo, a first-generation immigrant from the Philippines. Being involved in the community is important and it is the reason I have been part of Toastmasters and a volunteer in the Reading Buddy Program through the Regina Public Library. I have been an active member of Harvest City Christian Academy’s Student Leadership Council, currently heading the Outreach committee, organizing events such as the “Socks for Soul’s Harbour” fundraiser. I have also been part of the Air Cadet Program for the past six years, where I serve as a Flight Sergeant for 41 Hercules.

Vincent Van Gogh said, “Great things are not done by impulse, but a series of small things brought together.” This quotation has greatly inspired me and challenged how I perceive life, making me more passionate about how the details can bring forward truth. I enjoy doing puzzles, which also increased my love for fine details and looking for clues that others don’t notice.

My fascination with forensics led me to pursue an online course in Forensic Science with Stratford University, where I finished with high honours when I was 16. I plan to pursue science at the University of Regina, after which I intend to go to Mississauga to earn a master’s degree in forensic discipline. It has been such an honour and blessing to be part of the Twelfth Year Program for 2020.

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.

Balfour Collegiate 

My name is Jayda Duval. I was born in Saskatoon and moved to Regina when I was five years old. My ethnic background includes Jamaican and Ukrainian. I have a loving family who has always supported me throughout all of my life endeavours and this has had an enormous impact on my success. Without the ongoing support of my family, I would not be the intelligent and independent individual I am today.

Since I was young, sports has been a common theme in my family. With both of my parents playing sports at a professional level, it has inspired me to follow in their footsteps and strive to be the best athlete I can be. Throughout high school, I have participated in volleyball, basketball, badminton, flag football and the high school football team. I have received multiple awards in each year of being a part of those teams. I have received a lot of attention for being the first female player on my high school football team, which was such a humbling experience. I was named both junior and senior female athlete of the year and received awards in every sport.

Throughout my four years at Balfour, juggling sports and academics has left me overwhelmed at times, but my motivation to succeed has never allowed me to stop pushing to achieve academic excellence. Over the years, I have been on the honour roll and received meritorious awards. My schooling has and will always come before anything else in my life as I have set very high expectations and goals, which I will continue to strive to achieve.

I am enrolled at the University of Regina in the Faculty of Arts, and I am very interested in Justice Studies and Human Justice. I am currently undecided on what I want to do as a career but in the future, I would like to work for the government and be a leader within the community. I am honoured and thankful to be a Twelfth Year recipient and to be able to express who I am.

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.

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.

Balfour Collegiate 

My name is Erick Niyogushima. I am the firstborn in my family. I was born in Tanzania (west side of Africa) and moved to Canada in 2015 when I was 13 years old. Since arriving here, I’ve been glad to have found good friends, along with my family, who have helped to push me towards success.

Balfour has been a marvelous school from ninth grade to my senior year. Balfour offers extracurricular activities so all students can participate and get to know each other. I joined multiple sports in Grade 10, and one of my highlights was being a city champion in cross country. During that year, I also joined football, a sport that I continued playing into my senior year. My Grade 10 year was just full of surprises. I was announced as a Balfour Beacon and was nominated as athlete of the year. Extracurricular is very meaningful in my life. I am thankful to all of the admirable teachers who have helped me with my work in school so I can take part in activities at the end of the day.

After graduation, I look forward to going into post-secondary education for police studies at the University of Regina. I hope to someday see myself in a police officer uniform. Being a police officer is not my only career goal; I also think about how it would feel to become a pilot.

Life is like riding a bicycle…to keep your balance, you must keep moving. I’m grateful and thankful to be a Twelfth Year recipient!