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.
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.
Hard work, focus and determination have been instilled in me, especially since I come from a single- income family. To uphold these values, I am extremely driven and willing to do whatever needs to be done. My resiliency and perseverance results from my exposure to many hardships during my childhood.
At Thom Collegiate, I have achieved academic excellence while being actively involved in many extracurricular activities, including basketball, track and field, concert and jazz band, vocal jazz, concert and chamber choir, improvisation, theatre arts, newspaper club and SRC. These diverse activities allowed me to engage with a variety of people. This year, I was honoured to be chosen as the Student Council President, which enabled me to hone my leadership skills.
Outside of school, I am an active participant in roller derby. Currently, I play on five local teams and twice I have had the exciting opportunity to play on the national team. I am also involved in a local theatre company. I commit to two part-time jobs. Most notably, I devote many hours towards child abuse awareness and prevention. My extensive involvement requires time management and communication skills, which will serve me well in my future endeavours.
Ultimately, I strive to make the world a better place. I am pursuing a Bachelor of Education degree so that I can make a difference in children’s lives. As an educator, I will continue my activism work by establishing a child abuse prevention program. Eventually, I will enter into the political realm and use my leadership skills to make far-reaching changes.
Bonjour. My name is Tyana Ross, and I was born in Lethbridge, AB. I moved within three different provinces to seven cities and ten houses. Eventually, I settled in Regina and became a devoted French Immersion student at Thom Collegiate. I am passionate about the French language and culture, and I had the experience of a lifetime this summer when I worked as a camp counsellor in Chambly, Québec! I made lifelong friends and unforgettable memories.
This experience convinced me that becoming a French Immersion teacher was the perfect career for me. I have been accepted into The Baccalauréat Program at the University of Regina. I look forward to teaching at a French Immersion elementary school and sharing the joys of being fluent in more than one language.
I am also very involved in extracurricular activities. When I was seven years old, I begged my mom to allow me to start playing the violin and two years later, my wish was granted! I take lessons weekly and play regularly at my church. Last year, I was a member of a string trio with one of my favourite teachers and two friends, who also play the violin and cello! This year, the choir asked me to be their violinist accompaniment at the winter concert.
I strive to continue having a positive impact on the people around me. I look forward to graduating, and I hope to continue accomplishing my dreams and spread even more kindness!