My Name is Merah Gasmo, and I am a proud Campbell Tartan. I am involved in my school in just about every way possible, which keeps me very busy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. To me, school is more than just going to class, doing the work and going home. The way I express myself comes partly from my academics, but mostly from what I am involved in.
From Reconciliation Committee to Best Buddies and Me to We, and every single band possible, all of these clubs and groups are the things that make me who I am. The most influential group I have been a part of, however, is the Reconciliation Committee and it is because of this group, that I wanted to take my photos at the First Nations University. I am not Indigenous; however, being an ally and advocate for Indigenous issues has become my greatest passion throughout my high school journey. Most of my work and projects in high school have been focused on reconciliation and that is what I want to continue to focus on outside of high school.
Outside of being a student, I am the proudest big “Sissy” to four younger siblings who are the absolute light of my life. I work hard to be a positive and strong role model for them. By no means do I expect them to become as involved as I am, but I want them to know it’s all possible.
Although my future is unclear, I am excited to see where it takes me, and I am grateful for every opportunity I have had along the way in my high school career.
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!
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.
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!