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

Archbishop M.C. O’Neill Catholic High School

My name is Jessica Gelowitz, and I am a student at Archbishop M.C. O’Neill Catholic High School.

During my time at O’Neill, I have had many new opportunities and have built many new relationships. In my Grade 11 year of high school, I joined the SRC as a Liturgical Director, which is a position that I still hold this year.

I have many different interests outside of school. For one, I dance tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and hip-hop, and have been in dance since I was two. Furthermore, something that I am passionate about in my life is politics. I became interested in politics a few years back and since then, much of my time has been consumed by research and trying to spread my message to those around me. I have also always enjoyed traveling. My family and I enjoy camping every year during the summer, but my favourite places to travel to are Disneyland and Disney World. My faith has also always been a big part of my life and I always try to be a light to those around me.

I am not too sure of what I want to do exactly after high school, but for now I am going to attend the University of Regina in the Faculty of Business Administration and see where that takes me. I hope to do something big after high school and create something bigger than myself, whether that be a business, or getting into politics and working towards making our world a better place

Harvest City Christian Academy

I like to think of graduation as the beginning of a new journey in life rather than the end of one. High school has helped to shape and prepare me for what is next to come, which I will admit, I’m not 100% sure what that is, but whoever really is?

I have spent the past four years of my life dedicated to achieving and striving for excellence in all that I do, whether that be sports, school or helping others. Throughout my time at Harvest City Christian Academy, I participated in basketball, badminton, cross-country running and volleyball, balancing that with outside club sport involvement in volleyball, tae kwon do and ringette. By the age of 14, I found my passion in volleyball and will be pursuing this passion at the post-secondary level, alongside my studies in science. The community that I have been surrounded with at Harvest City since Kindergarten helped me discover what I want from post-secondary education, which has guided me towards Providence University.

There is more to my life than just academics and sports. I grew up as the daughter of a small business owner of a health food store and became passionate about health, nutritious food and baking. I’ve been known to spend days tapping into my creativity, decorating cakes to surprise others for special occasions. From the time I was little, I was also intrigued by living things—everything from butterflies and ladybugs to dogs, cats and horses. My grandparents live on a farm and some of my most special memories involve time at the farm exploring nature.

I’ve been blessed to have had three special relationships with pets—our dogs Titus, Naya and Bailey all have special places in my heart. In my picture, I’m with my newest puppy, Bailey, who was acting quite shy during our photo shoot!

I look forward to what the future holds for me and am grateful Twelfth Year has helped capture some moments from my journey so far.

Miller Comprehensive Catholic High School

The first thing many people notice about me is that I am loud, which fits well with Miller Comprehensive Catholic High School’s “Be Loud, Be Proud, Be Respectful” motto. Whether I am laughing at my own jokes or telling a dramatic story, it is difficult not to hear me.

Born and raised in Regina by my parents (later joined by my brother,) I have found many ways to keep myself occupied. I danced for more years than I can count (eleven years—- thanks AP Calculus) and have been developing my art skills. On the topic of the arts, this year I also partook in Miller’s One Act plays, which was a brand new experience for me. Joining extra-curricular activities has allowed me to meet new groups of people and be involved in new opportunities that I am thankful for every day.

In the realm of academics, I have always enjoyed challenging myself. I have settled on two AP classes, Calculus and Computer Science. I have also taken many arts classes, such as Visual Art and Photography10. Next year I am pursing the Computer Systems Technology Program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

One goal I focused on during my grade twelve year was being a positive light in someone’s life. I love seeing people smile and laugh so I made it a personal mission to spread positivity and love with my peers and community. Saying that, I truly hope you have an amazing day and thank you for taking the time to read about me

Thom Collegiate

Tansi, Anīn, Umba Waste, Hello. I am Lynnisa Acoose-Pasap, a Grade 12 student at Thom Collegiate. I am a proud Nēhiyaw, Anihšināpē, Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Nakota), and Métis young woman. I am a member of White Bear First Nation and represent them as their Senior Princess. As a Jingle Dress dancer, I represent my nation at powwows and also at school events.

I value my leadership role within the school and community. Although I get nervous, I use my voice because I want to teach others about my language and culture. My speaking engagements incorporate the Nehiyaw and Anihšināpē languages at Orange Shirt Day assemblies, media interviews related to Indigenous education and Summer Games, Remembrance Day ceremonies, MMIW community events, and several Regina Public Schools youth forums.

I am an athlete for the track and field, cross-country and basketball teams at Thom Collegiate. Additionally, I have competed in the Tony Cote Winter Games, Indigenous Summer Games and the North America Indigenous Games.

I recognize the value of giving back to my community. I actively participate in cultural and spiritual ceremonies because I believe it is crucial to carry on traditions. Passing on the knowledge of speaking and learning the Nēhiyaw, Anihšināpē, Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Nakota) languages is very important for Indigenous identity, which I will focus on in my post-secondary studies in political science.

My desire is to work within my own community, White Bear First Nation, as a Band Council member and, hopefully, Chief. Next, I envision myself as a Member of Parliament within the Canadian Government to share my cultural values to reform Canadian laws and social programs.

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.

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.

Miller Comprehensive Catholic High School

My name is Brooke Shumay and I am thrilled that I have had the opportunity to learn and develop my leadership skills over the last four years at Miller Comprehensive Catholic High School. I have been involved in many of my favorite activities, some of which include volleyball, the dance team, basketball, and flag football. This year I was also fortunate enough to serve as President of the SRC. The role of president of the SRC has allowed me to help organize spirit days, assemblies and other student-led activities. I have made so many memories that I will cherish forever. Joining teams and clubs and participating in different activities gave me the chance to expand my horizons, meet new people and develop new skills. At first, I was very hesitant to get involved, but by putting myself out there, I made many new friends and had great experiences. It is important to make the most out of everything and do what you love. I have always been very interested in sciences, specifically chemistry, Next year I will be majoring in chemistry at the University of Regina. After I finish with chemistry, I would like obtain my education degree so that I can become a teacher. I love to interact with people, and I have a desire to positively affect people’s lives. I am excited for my future and am eager to see what it holds. I will miss my high school years, as it was a huge part of my life, but I know I have a plan and I cannot wait to see it unfold

Thom Collegiate

My name is Kalli Brown, and I am proud to say I have been a Thom Trojan for the last four years. My studies and extracurricular activities have kept me very busy during that time, but they have helped me grow and learn immensely, and I wouldn’t change a second of it.

I sing in the concert choir, the chamber choir and the vocal jazz group, and the three amazing choir directors who have taught me during my time here have taught me so much about music and about confidence.

Volleyball gave me a team to play with and learn from, for which I could not be more grateful. Playing as a partner on the Unified basketball team for the past two years has given me so many new friends and experiences that have helped to shape me into who I am today.

The SRC, which I joined only this year, has been an incredible learning experience and is such a fun challenge to take part in with the friends around me. I was lucky enough to be elected vice-president of the SRC, and I am proud to represent Thom Collegiate and to be able to work on making it a better place every day.

And despite all odds, some of my best memories have come from AP calculus class, a huge challenge which has to prepare me for the future. The friends and memories I have made in the last four years are ones I will treasure forever, even if we are moving on to bigger and better things very soon. I know I will look back on this time fondly, and I am so excited to see what the future has to offer.

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!