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

Campbell Collegiate

I was born in Worcester, Massachusetts (that’s pronounced “wu-str”—way harder to say than Regina). My parents are both Canadian and, thankfully, they brought me back to Canada at the age of two so I didn’t develop a Boston accent! I have been raised in a loving and supportive home, for which I am eternally grateful. I have two younger siblings, who I am sometimes not eternally grateful for, and a golden retriever named Scooter. My family has no doubt shaped me into the person I am today.

I am a highly motivated student-athlete, and I pride myself in being involved in a wide array of extracurricular activities. I am the president of the Student Leadership Council and co-president of the Best Buddies program at Campbell Collegiate. I have a strong passion for running and I train regularly with a distance group in Excel Athletika. I am a lifeguard with the City of Regina, which gives me the opportunity to teach swimming lessons and become more involved in my community. I am passionate about the things that I love, and I fight strongly for what I believe in.

In the future, my ultimate goal is to study medicine so that I can truly make a difference in the lives of others. I am a strong academic student with many high expectations, and I can’t wait to see what life will hold for me!

Luther College High School

Hi, I’m Avery Lightfoot and I am proud to be graduating from Luther this year! At the beginning of Grade 9 I was so overwhelmed with the amount of activities I could be involved in; I didn’t know where to start. So, I did everything; choir, social events, service clubs, volleyball and softball. However, I wanted to do something more meaningful. I set some personal goals to take on a leadership role within my school community. I joined the SRC as secretary, headed committees to plan school events and became a co-leader of Social Advocacy club. My primary goal was to plan events that were inclusive to the entire student body. Sports are a big part of my identity. I played volleyball with school from grade 6-12, enjoying every moment of it. But my true passion lies in Softball. I have played since I was 6 years old and cannot get enough of it. I currently play for the RMSL 19URiot and look forward to the tryouts with the U of R Cougars this summer. My passion for education, sports and inclusivity are driving me to a Bachelor’s in Health Science at the U of R, to start me on my path to a career in sports program development at a provincial level

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

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.

Campbell Collegiate

Being a Campbell student has definitely changed my life for the better. Throughout my years at Campbell Collegiate, I have been very committed in the arts, athletics and academic programs at my school. Whether it’s singing Christmas carols in the hallways with my choir or eating lunch with a special needs student, I find there is always something to do at Campbell to make my day special.

Sports have always been a huge part of my life, and I am happy to be attending a school with such a great athletics program. From basketball to handball, I have had the privilege to represent seven of my Campbell Tartan teams as Captain. This position has allowed me to grow both as a leader and as a person. One of my biggest athletic achievements during my time at Campbell was leading the junior girls’ basketball team to winning championships. Moments like that are what make me realize how amazing it is to be a Tartan.

In addition to sports, academics have always been important to me. I have maintained above an 85% average in all of the classes I have completed thus far, and I have no plans to abandon that pattern in Grade 12. I pride myself in maintaining amazing relationships with my teachers, which has helped me develop into the person I am today! Overall, I am a passionate person who likes to succeed in all aspects of my life. I find joy in helping others succeed, which in turn makes me a better person.

Luther College High School

When I moved back from Almaty, Kazakhstan, the first few years of re-establishing roots in Canada was quite difficult for me. I wanted nothing more than to return to the place I called home, despite being a Canadian by birth. Luther changed that. Although my heart will forever have a corner stained the azure blue and golden yellow of the Kazakh flag, the community of Luther gave me a sense of belonging once again. Quickly, I became heavily involved within the school, playing on both the soccer and ultimate frisbee team for all four years and serving on student council. I also participated in many of the visual art initiatives here at Luther, including senior art projects, large-scale murals displayed at our annual invitation basketball tournament, as art has always been my passion. But it was the classroom and endless knowledge of one dedicated teacher that nursed my childhood love of telling tales of swash-buckling heroes into far-off lands into a dream and a professional and literary direction. Of course, the stories I write and plan to write do not have quite the same legendary touch nowadays, but the thrill and adventure of it all remains. In the fall, I plan to attend the University of Regina to study English literature and hope to write novels and children’s books with my own illustrations in the future. Whatever the future holds, I am forever grateful for every opportunity, every teacher and every friend along the way. And like all of my most beloved books, it’s been an adventure thus far, and I am excitedly turning the page into this next chapter of life. Thanks!Kate Persson

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

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!

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!