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

Dr. Martin LeBoldus Catholic High School

My name is Mark Harasen and I have attended Dr. Martin LeBoldus Catholic High School for the past four years. During this time, I have played football for three years and soccer for one year. Outside of school, I enjoy working out, playing sports, and spending time with friends. I also enjoy playing the guitar and singing in my spare time. This year I joined choir and have been the president of the Student Council. Being president has allowed me to develop as a person and as a public speaker, as well as to become more confident. I have been looked up to by my peers as a role model for how to take advantage of all the opportunities high school has to offer. In my years at LeBoldus, I have learned all sorts of life lessons, made friends, and have become a more successful person. LeBoldus has been an amazing school that provides a welcoming and accepting environment for our diverse student body. My high school years have been great and I have loved being the SRC president. I will be forever grateful for my time at LeBoldus and I look forward to whatever comes next in university.

Michael A. Riffel Catholic High School

My name is Nathan Cameron. I go to Michael A. Riffel Catholic High School. I belong to the SRC Tech Ops team as senior tech, so on school assembly days, before choir concerts,and other events you’ll see me running around setting things up and making sure everything runs smoothly. I have also enjoyed being a member of Choir and Vocal Jazz since grade nine. This has encouraged me to open up and to push myself out of my comfort zone. As well as being involved in these extracurricular activities, I work hard at school in my classes, which include AP Math, AP English and AP Art.

Outside of school, woodworking is a huge passion of mine. I got into the hobby after I acquired many of my great-grandfather’s tools from my grandma, and have grown my collection since then. I make things like pens, bowls, ring sand anything I can think of. I also enjoy robotics and 3D printing, but mostly I like to turn things that look like nonsense into pretty sweet projects.

After high school, I planonstudyingSoftware Systems Engineering at the University of Regina and hope to get a job in the AI sector. On the side I plan to continue my woodworking hobby and hope to create a small business out of it.

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.

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.

Michael A. Riffel Catholic High School

My name is Karlee Cooper and I am a proud student of Michael A. Riffel Catholic High School. My 4 years have been busy as I have tried to be as involved as possible. Getting involved with sports such as volleyball, basketball, track and rugby introduced me to many friends. I enjoy participating in theatre and have loved experimenting with improv and one acts and helping with costumes for the productions. These opportunities encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and shaped the outgoing personality I have today. I am a big fan of school spirit and have enjoyed being a member of the SRC. Additionally, I am thankful for the opportunity to be the Co-President of our Best Buddies chapter and getting to know each student. I find great joy in spending time with the FIAEP students and have taken part in That’s Possible Theatre and Special Olympics Basketball, forming lasting friendships. These activities have developed my passion for helping others and being a friend to all. I spend my free time working two part-time jobs at the YMCA Childcare Center and as a lifeguard/swim instructor or volunteering and hanging out with friends.

Academically, I am a top achieving student, taking great pride in my success and hard work. My goal is to earn great distinction again this year. I enjoy the challenge of AP courses and am currently taking Advanced English. I am looking forward my future at the University of Regina next fall, studying in the Faculty of Education.

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.

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!

Michael A. Riffel Catholic High School

My name is Amy Downey. I am currently in grade 12 at Michael A. Riffel Catholic High School. Throughout high school, I have been involved in numerous extra-curricular activities and I help out around my community in as many ways as I can. I have been involved with school drama productions and I have been on the Improv team for 3 years. In my first 2 years on the team, we won the city tournament–making history for Riffel. I am now in a senior role on the SRC (student representative council)and spend numerous hours each week planning events, assemblies, and school dances. Due to my high level of involvement and dedication, I have received extra-curricular awards. I also been on the honour roll since the start of high school. I am forever thankful for my time at Riffel because it has given me so many experiences and opportunities that I will hold forever. Additionally, I have two part-time jobs; in the future, I plan on attending the Blanche Macdonald school in Vancouver and enrolling in their global makeup program to further pursue my love for makeup

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.