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 Karrah, and I’m a proud O’Neill Titan!

Archbishop M CO’NeillCatholicHigh School has been a great place for me to grow and develop. I’ve had opportunities to build relationships and develop leadership skills. During my time at O’Neill, I have been a Student Trustee for RCSD, a basketball and soccer trainer, and have been involved in various other sports. For the last three years, I have had the amazing opportunity to be a part of the SRC. In my senior year, I have embraced the role of Vice-President. I have used this opportunity to bring positive change to the school. It has been my passion to educate others and help reduce the stigma about Mental Illness.

In my spare time, I love to bake. I enjoy all kinds of baking-from cookies and muffins to cakes and macarons. It’s a tasty way to channel my creativity. My future plans include attending the University of Regina to study Middle Years Education. I have always had an interest in working with young people and helping them develop. Teachers and adults in my life have inspired me to work to make a difference and be the change I want to see in the world. Teaching will give me the opportunity to continue to make positive change and influence the next generation.

Change starts with you!

F. W. Johnson

My name is Sabah Sharif, and I moved to Canada as a Syrian refugee in 2016. Over the past four years, my life has greatly changed and I am proud of how far I’ve come.

I started Grade 9 as a shy person due to a lack of English skills, but with dedication and hard work, I was able to improve my English very quickly. I took every opportunity I was given to help myself grow as a person. I enrolled in many activities in my school that included singing in the choir and playing on the badminton team. I’ve also been an Outdoor School leader and the leader for the Peer Support group at Johnson. I seek excellence and that is shown in my academics since Grade 9.

Proudly, I started my journey of reconciliation and have been advocating for the importance of truth and reconciliation over the last few semesters. I hosted events regarding this issue and took part in the Treaty Four flag-raising ceremony at Johnson. I also wanted to give back to my community; therefore, I started volunteering at the Regina Open Door Society since the end of 2017 to teach young newcomers English and help them adapt to their new lives. Above all that, I manage to work part time to help support the family who has been there for me.

“You reap what you sow.”

My dedication and hard work have taken me to a new level and it has opened new doors and opportunities for me. I am thankful for my family, my teachers and all those who stood by me and supported me. I hope to become a pediatrician and serve in Doctors Without Borders program.

Sheldon-Williams Collegiate

My name is Venezya Thorsteinson, and I am a senior at Sheldon-Williams Collegiate and proud of it! Throughout my four years, I’ve grown tremendously as a person and have had many new experiences. I am thankful for the opportunities I have received from Sheldon because of its wonderful staff and students.

While attending Sheldon, my love of music had me immersed in band, choir, jazz band, vocal jazz and chamber choir. I’ve also been a part of the improv team and musical theatre; this year, I played the role of Tinman in Sheldon’s production of The Wizard of Oz. I’ve participated on the school’s SLC as an executive member and now treasurer. These experiences have taught me many leadership skills that I will take to future opportunities.

Outside of school, I am proud to be involved with Girl Guides of Canada and the Globe Theatre School. Last year, I was part of Globe Theatre’s production of Concord Floral, featuring the 2018-19 Globe Theatre Young Company. This year, I have been selected to be a part of the Saskatchewan Music Educators Association (SMEA) Honour Choir.

Academics are also very important to my life; I have been on honour roll every year and taken Advanced Placement English for three years. I’ve taken full course loads every year, allowing me to graduate with 42 credits.

After high school, I studying psychology at university, where I hope to stay involved in theatre, music and leadership roles. While pursuing my university education, I hope to travel and gain new experiences!

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.