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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!

Regina Christian School

My name is Jon (Mingi) Kim, and I am very thankful for my high school years at Regina Christian School. These years have been such a blessing to me as I have met a lot of new people and learned a lot about God and Canadian culture.

Besides enjoying math and science, I am involved in the high school worship team and the high school musical production. The worship team opened my eyes to the desire to be a great worship leader, and it also opened my ears for music; I have also been having fun being a part of a musical!

Outside of school, I enjoy spending time playing my guitar or walking around the city. I am an international student, which keeps me away from my family in Korea, but I enjoy spending time with people here and enjoy the beauty of nature.

I am looking forward to going into the biomedical engineering technology program in BCIT and to UBC after to become a biomedical engineer. Once I graduate, I hope to be able to volunteer in hospitals in third-world countries from time to time.

Winston Knoll Collegiate

Hi. My name is Austin March, and I am 21 years old in FIAP (Functionally Integrated Academic Program) at Winston Knoll Collegiate. I have been in this program for seven years. I was born and raised in Regina, and I live with my mom (Pamela), dad (Desmond) and grandma (Margaret). I like going to school in Regina because that is where I met my good friends.

I enjoy playing basketball outside, riding my bike and going for walks. On the weekends, I like to stay up late and sleep in. I am on the Unified basketball team at Winston Knoll and have played for three seasons, having lots of fun. I like playing basketball with my friends and travelling to other schools to play new teams.

I have participated in the in-school and out-of-school Work Experience program for many years. In school, I enjoy bottle recycling, commercial kitchen dish washing and vacuuming. I am proud that I can run the commercial dishwasher on my own. I have completed a variety of out-of-school work experiences such as packing groceries at Sobeys, clerical work at the Ministry of Social Services and grooming cats at the Regina Humane Society. These experiences have taught me many skills.

My favourite subject in school is Physical Education because it keeps me active. My favourite activities are cooperative games and lifting weights in the fitness centre. I also enjoy going to art class and especially like drawing and pottery.

In June 2020, I will graduate from Winston Knoll and would like to gain employment at the Cosmopolitan Learning Centre in the Supportive Career Initiatives program. I am excited to graduate and join the working world. I will miss school but am excited for the future.

F. W. Johnson Collegiate

My name is Jullianna Belanger, and I am a student at F.W Johnson Collegiate.

I never considered myself a leader, contrary to what my teachers thought of me. Through the encouragement of my teachers at Johnson, I reluctantly joined the Leadership class in Grade 10, and I very quickly learned to love the class and the skills taught within it. I learned to recognize that when inequalities exist, that it is important to take action.

I have been fortunate enough to play for the Johnson basketball teams throughout my high school career. I love being part of a team. It is very important to connect with the team, to listen and to learn, whether we win or lose as a team.

My post-graduation plan is to become a middle-years teacher. I care about kids. I want to help students see that teachers care. I want to connect with children to help them discover their potential and be who they want to be.

When I was younger, school was easy for me. I have had to work hard in high school to find a balance between school, work and life. I have had many supportive people in my life who have pushed me to continue to work hard and succeed. I am thankful for these people. Support can only go so far, and I thank those who have stuck by me through my search for independence. I am who I am because of the special people in my life.

Regina Huda School

My name is Rabeeqa Nasir and when I was seven, my family decided to move from Toronto to Regina. My first school in Regina was Arcola Community School in the east and when I moved to the north end of Regina, I switched schools to George Lee. My dad had heard about an Islamic school and in Grade 4, I transferred to Regina Huda School. Huda was the place where I graduated Grade 8 and where I plan on graduating Grade 12.

I have kept myself involved in extracurricular activities throughout high school. In Grades 9 and 10, I took part in the archery club and the business club. In Grade 11, I was part of the SLC and the fashion show crew. I am currently still part of the SLC. Outside of school, I volunteered at multiple different events.

During the fall of 2020, I plan on attending the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Arts and Science in hopes of pursuing a career as a physician’s assistant. I have spent 10 years of my life in Regina and though it will always hold a special place in my heart, I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Winston Knoll Collegiate

My name is Tillie Mayer, and I am a Grade 12 student at Winston Knoll Collegiate in Regina. I love to sing and am a member of every choral group in school (junior and senior choirs, chamber choir and vocal jazz). I have also been involved in my school’s musicals, the most recent being Sister Act, in which I played Mother Superior. I will enter the University of Regina in fall 2020 to study music.

Outside of school, I work with a professional vocal coach and am a member of the Saskatchewan Youth Choir, an auditioned choir that tours the province doing workshops with other school choirs.

High school life has afforded me opportunities to make good friends and discover my passions. These include social justice for the LGBTQ+ community and gaining an understanding of my Indigenous roots, but perhaps most important to me is to spread awareness for issues around youth mental health. This grew out of my own experiences with depression, which I worked through with the support of my family, teachers, healthcare providers and friends.

This year, I created The Christopher Project, a memorial project dedicated to my cousin, Christopher Youck, who died from suicide last year. This project aims to bring choirs from different schools in Regina together in the spirit of collaboration and friendship, performing “You Will Be Found” (Dear Evan Hansen) together to raise awareness and funds for youth mental health. The project will culminate in a mega choir concert during which we hope to perform with the Saskatchewan Roughriders organization and invite the media to reach a wide audience.

I want my twelfth year legacy to be one of hope and inclusion for youth suffering from mental health issues.

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!

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.

Winston Knoll Collegiate

Hi. My name is Travis Shane Wright, and I am currently in Grade 12 and graduating this year from Winston Knoll Collegiate. I was born in North Battleford and lived in many places early in my life. I am a young Indigenous man, and I plan on moving to Saskatoon in late August to attend Saskatchewan Polytechnic for Culinary Arts.

I have been involved with cadets for many years, and I am close to completing the program but will end by participating in cadet camp over the summer for seven weeks. I am very active in my school’s Indigenous events and help spread a positive image of Aboriginal people and culture. I am also proud to be part of the LGBTQ2S+ community as I am openly gay and a former member of Knoll’s GSA/QSA group, working towards creating safe places for others in my school.

I am happy to have been picked for this award and look forward to what life has to bring me in the future!

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!