PFFNHS celebrates 2018 graduating class
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
Pelican Falls First Nations High School (PFFNHS) honoured the 2018 graduating class May 17. It was one of the largest graduating classes with 31 students receiving diplomas.
“It’s one of our biggest classes that we’ve ever seen graduate, so it’s really exciting,” said vice principal Sylvia Davis.
Students heard speeches, kind remarks, and well wishes from Norma Kejick, NNEC; Honourable Bob Nault, MP; Deputy Mayor Yolaine Kirlew; Chief Stan Beardy; Vice Principal Sylvia Davis; Principal Soloman Kakagamic; and guest speaker Karen Lawford, Ph. D.
The Valedictory Address was written and presented by Jonathan Begg.
This year was the 25th anniversary of PFFNHS where more than 400 students have graduated over those years.
When asked about the next 25 years for PFFNHS, Davis said, “We’d always love to see more graduates and I would just love to see the continued success that we know we’ve had. It’s hard for our students because they leave home to attend school. Even though it means I’d be out of a job, having the opportunity to achieve their secondary education without having to leave their communities would be amazing for students.”
Davis concluded with high praise for the faculty who are devoted to the students.
“I think we have amazing staff. We support each other and we are here for these kids. It’s awesome to see them graduate. It’s a happy-sad day for us here.”
The Pelican Falls First Nations High School class of 2018 consists of:
Richanda Adams (Sachigo Lake), Donovan Anderson (Big Trout Lake), Dorianna Anderson (Kasabonika Lake), Jacqueline Beardy (Bearskin Lake), Karvina Beardy (Sachigo Lake), Jonathan Begg (Kasabonika Lake), Richelle Brown (Wapekeka), Matthew Fiddler (Sandy Lake), Sarah Fiddler (Bearskin Lake), Skyler Fiddler (Sandy Lake), Arlan Goodman (Sandy Lake), Tritney Goodman (Deer Lake), Hosea Gray (Cat Lake), Walter Harper (Sachigo Lake), Angel Jeremiah (Weagamow Lake), Alisha Kakekayash-Rae (Weagamow Lake), Jonella Keesickquayash (Cat Lake), Montana Kenequanash (Weagamow Lake), Therien Lastheels-Loon (Mishkeegogamang), Trey McKay (Bearskin Lake), Aaliyah McPherson (Sandy Lake), Myrna McPherson (Sandy Lake), Chayla Meekis (Deer Lake), Dwight Meekis (North Spirit Lake), Mikael Meekis (Sandy Lake), William Meekis (Sandy Lake), Nicole Muckuck (Big Trout Lake), Trudell Sakakeep (Big Trout Lake), Isaiah Tait (Weagamow Lake), Keely Wesley (Cat Lake), and Daniella Winter (Big Trout Lake).