Hello! My name is Turner and I am the President of the Student Representative Council at Dr. Martin LeBoldus Catholic High School. LeBoldus High School has been a wonderful experience these last four years, and I am hoping I can lead our SRC and our school towards yet another great year. I am graduating this year and planning on studying Business at the University of Regina in the Fall. The following year I hope to move to British Columbia to study law. I love to play all kinds of sports, including football, hockey, recreational curling, golf and rugby. In addition to athletics, music has always been a big part of my life. I have grown up playing many different instruments, and I love learning how music is created. My favorite instrument is the acoustic guitar, and whenever I have free time on my hands, I’m sure you’ll find me somewhere playing the guitar. My thanks to this new Twelfth Year Program and everyone involved!

My name is Yujing, and I’m from a school which enlightened me to just be myself—Balfour Collegiate!

If being trained as a classical pianist since the age of five has taught me one thing, it is perseverance; if serving in community and school has taught me one thing, it is dedication; and if a life of being the only child from a Chinese immigrant family which has been in Canada for two years has only taught me one thing, I’d say being humble is one of the most important keys to success, and there is a fine line between confidence and arrogance!

I truly believe in Gladwell’s 10,000-hours rule, as we all are some “practitioners” of some kind, that the more you practice, the better you are bound to become. When you push yourself, you may be surprised to see how much you’ve grown!

I want to sincerely give a huge thank you to all of my teachers, friends and family who have been supporting me. I would never be the person I am today if no one was there for my athletic, academic or musical achievements and performances, and I would never take any of these for granted!

Hello! My name is Todd, and I am the Liturgical Representative on the SRC for Michael A. Riffel Catholic High School. “Uphold the Cross and Capture the Crown” is our school motto. I have always attempted to follow this motto by my example, from the time I entered high school as a grade nine student to a soon-to-be graduating senior. In just a few short months, I will be a graduate of Michael A. Riffel Catholic High School and will be taking with me memories of the place that I was proud to call my “second home”.

These past four years have been filled with the challenges of learning and of achieving academic goals while at the same time trying to be an example of high school spirit through my extra-curricular involvements. I am honoured to have been awarded the individual class honour awards for having one of the highest overall grade averages in Computer Science 20 and Grade 9 Christian Ethics as well as achieving honour roll status throughout my high school years. It was also an overwhelming experience to be recognized for my volunteerism with the Christian Service Awards in grades nine and eleven. Throughout high school, I was determined to become involved in extra-curricular activities in hopes of making a difference in my high school community. The most fulfilling experience for me was becoming a peer buddy with our school’s chapter of Best Buddies. Being part of this remarkable organization has been a very humbling experience, as I was given the privilege to experience life through the eyes of not only my buddy, but those of other chapter members who live with a disability; I will always treasure these experiences throughout my life’s journey. I have also been actively involved with the God Squad, with scorekeeping for our high school’s home basketball games, with managing and keeping stats for senior boys basketball, and volunteering as a peer tutor. And I am particularly grateful for having the opportunity to be this year’s Liturgical Representative on the SRC. All these memorable moments could never have been achieved without the support of my family, friends and teachers. Recently, I was awarded the University of Regina Centennial Merit Scholarship upon my acceptance into the Faculty of Science at Campion College for the fall term of 2015. I will be pursuing a Biology major and upon achieving this goal, I hope to one day have a career in Environmental Law.

Hello! I am Aminta, and being a student at Miller High School has affected my life in many positive ways. I have been involved in many extracurricular activities such as SRC, band, choir, drama, improv and the Pre-Profession Health Club. This year I am President of the SRC and I played the lead role of Sebastian in the musical The Little Mermaid. Along with my extracurricular involvement I am also very dedicated to academics. I have been on the major honour roll for the past three years and in Grade 10 I was awarded four subject awards. In Grade 11, I was awarded six subject awards for achieving the highest mark in each subject and I received the award for achieving the highest overall average of 99.56%. Currently, I am taking AP English and AP Calculus and last year I received a score of 5 on the AP Psychology exam.

In the future I plan on pursuing a career in medicine. I have applied and been accepted to Queen’s University with an $8000 entrance scholarship and the University of Regina with a $3500 entrance scholarship. I plan on completing a degree in science or nursing as a first step before applying to Medical School. I have also been nominated by the staff of Miller High School for the Chancellor’s Scholarship at Queen’s University and the Schulich Leader Scholarship for students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. I would like to thank the staff of Miller Comprehensive Catholic High School for supporting me and constantly encouraging me to do my best. Miller has always been a place where I felt I belong and I feel I have been exceptionally prepared for the future. I am honoured to have been chosen as a Twelfth Year Ambassador and I would like to thank Andrea Norberg and Erin Ball for all of their work in making this new program a success.

Campbell has significantly influenced my character, provided lifelong friendships, and given me exceptional learning opportunities. I have played on the Campbell basketball team for all of high school. It was also an honour to represent Saskatchewan at nationals for two years. I have learned valuable leadership skills in Business Club and Campbell’s Student Leadership Council.

Although extracurricular is a significant part of my life, academics have remained my priority. I was fortunate enough to be awarded the opportunity to attend both the Canada-Wide Science Fair and the Australian National Youth Science Forum. Additionally, I have a passion for volunteering which I was able to channel by directing the Yes You Can Theatre program. This program uses theatre as a meaningful way to connect mainstream students and students with disabilities. Yes You Can Theatre prompted me to also volunteer at the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre.

I have an incredibly loving family, but I am also thankful for Campbell’s supportive staff and students who have been my family away from home for the last four years. Although I look forward to an exciting future, I am and always will be a proud Tartan.

My name is Sarah, and I was born on August 27, 1997, in Regina. I am the baby of the family of only three children. Sadly, my oldest brother passed away in a motorcycle accident in 2002. My mom and dad divorced when I was in Grade 3, and now I live with my dad and his roommate. In my household, we have three cats, a dog and a guinea pig.

When I was in Grade 5, I became interested in Japanese culture, watching Anime and reading Manga books. At first, I didn’t know anyone else who shared my interests, but as I got to know my classmates, I discovered that a few others also liked Anime. Right now I’m still into Anime and Manga and I love to cosplay characters, but it’s expensive. Cosplay involves dressing up as your favourite characters from a TV show, cartoon or game. I also really enjoy my shop classes, which are Graphic Arts and Theatre Arts.

In terms of sports, I took swimming lessons in Grades 7 and 8, played softball on a winning team when I was 12 years old, and played badminton in Grade 9.

I’m very excited about graduation and am very proud about being selected for this Youth Salute/Twelfth Year award.

My name is Dillon. I am a Grade 12 student at Harvest City Christian Academy and will graduate in June 2015.

I like to play badminton and strategy games such as chess. I like to be the funny guy who makes puns and jokes all of the time, not because I’m insensitive, but because I can sense when the situation is appropriate and take advantage of it. I like to sing, and I place a very high priority in doing well in school. I have consistently been awarded highest average throughout high school as a result of my diligence in completing my work with excellence.

I plan on going to the University of Regina this year in the Faculty of Business. Moving on to university is a step that I’m not entirely looking forward to as it will mean being separated from a number of my high school friends, but I am glad that I get to try something new where I can learn how to make myself more useful.

My name is Kristian, and I was born on December 3, 1996, in Regina, Saskatchewan. My parents have always supported everything I do, whether it’s coming to watch my varied sports games or listening to my band concerts.

I have always been extremely interested in music. In Grade 6, I started playing the saxophone in our school-area band, and in Grade 10, after a few weeks of learning some basic chords in a music class, I spent most of my time playing the guitar. Now I play my guitar daily.

In high school, I joined the soccer, basketball, volleyball, curling and badminton teams, while also being a techie/actor for the drama club and being a member of the Student Representative Council. During my lunch hours, I was busy enhancing my music skills as part of our school band and choir.

I am forever grateful for meeting my music teacher, Ms. Alison Thiele. If it weren’t for her constant encouragement and teaching, I don’t even know if I would have ever found the enjoyment I do from music. To think that I’ll be attending the University of Regina next year to further my studies in Music Education is a dream that I previously thought was impossible. This has taught me to reach high for my dreams, take every opportunity given to me, and to never give up!

Hello. My name is Julee, and I am a Grade 12 student, spending my first year at Martin Academy. I remember my first day of school at Martin Academy; I was both nervous and excited to be starting at a new school in my final year of high school. Now as the year is coming to a close, I realize the special bonds I have made with my fellow classmates and teachers, and I will cherish these final moments of high school.

Throughout my life, I have been involved in various extracurricular activities. I have been actively involved in dance since I was a small child; however, it was when I was eight years old that I discovered my interest in baton twirling. Baton has been a large part of my life ever since. I still remember my first Canadians competition in Regina, Saskatchewan. Ever since then, I have travelled throughout Canada and the world.

School has also been a very large focus of my life. I hope to attend the University of Regina in the fall; however, my ultimate life goal is to become a veterinarian so I can help animals.