QEDHS pays homage to its past, looks to the future, during 2018 graduation ceremony
Tim Brody - Editor
This year, as Queen Elizabeth District High School celebrated its 2018 graduates, it also paid homage to all its graduates who have come before.
Prior to the entrance of this year’s graduating class, school alumni, representing each of the school’s nearly seven decades, proudly marched through the gymnasium to loud applause.
Principal Wayne Mercer told those gathered at the school for the June 22 graduation ceremony, “The last year of Queen Elizabeth District High School should not be seen as a sad thing. We look forward with great anticipation to many opportunities. We also need to take the time to celebrate the wonderful history here in this building. As part of this historic graduation event, I wish to acknowledge and welcome back our alumni... this school has served Sioux Lookout and the surrounding area for nearly seven decades and literally thousands of graduates have gone out and accomplished great things.
“We have alumni who are doctors, lawyers, have careers in applied sciences, engineers. Some are published authors. Some have gone on to be great leaders. There are tradespeople, teachers, business owners and many different levels of social service providers. It truly has been amazing. Today, in addition to the class of 2018, we remember and honour all the graduates of Queen Elizabeth High School. We are proud of the school’s history and we are proud of our graduates.”
Mercer told those gathered 2018 marked Queen Elizabeth District High School’s 65th and final graduating class.
Students will be attending a new high school, Sioux North High School, in the upcoming school year and Mercer told those present staff and students are excitedly looking forward to the opportunities the new school building will bring.
Keewatin-Patricia District School Board Director of Education Sean Monteith was in attendance for the historic graduation stating, “To the graduates, you deserve nothing but our respect and acknowledgement for your accomplishments.”
Monteith also acknowledged the contributions of parents and guardians in helping graduates reach this milestone.
“I’m told that today’s graduating class at Queen Elizabeth is the largest in its history (at 101 graduates). I’m also told that the percentage of students from First Nations ancestry is over half.”
He continued, “The staff at Queen Elizabeth District High School, quite honestly, work to save lives. There is no other school, not in Ontario, not in Canada, certainly not in the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board that has to deal with the challenges and those things they face every single day. He told school staff he will always look upon them as Warriors.
The school’s final graduation ceremony included the traditional slideshow of graduates alongside their baby pictures, marking the contrast in the graduates’ lives of where they came from, to who they are today, young men and women ready to take on the world.
This year’s valedictory address was presented by Dominic Roy, recipient of the Governor General’s Medal and Principal’s Gold Medal.
This was followed by the presentation of diplomas and awards, which totaled more than $50,000.
This year’s Ontario Secondary School Diploma recipients were: Mackenzie Angeconeb, Joshua Barrett, Nicole Begg, Joshua Bellingham, Liam Belmore, Matthew Binguis, Jeremiah Bridge, Mathew Brunton, Cassie Capay, Evan Carpenter, Aristotle Carr, Hezekiah Chapman, Clara Colquhoun, Adam Coulombe, Denzel Coulombe, Randy Cutfeet, Michael Davis, Haylei Diston, Rebecca Driver, Tyson Duncan, Raine Elliot, Cortez Favot, Denisha Fiddler, Marlene Fiddler, Toshane Fiddler, Benjamin Forbes, Shoshannah Fox, Tanner Gale, Wylder George, Katie Gervasi, Bradley Grenier, Jenna Gunn, Marek Hall, Ivy Hogan, Evan Howie, Brandon Hudson, Teale Hulina, Piper Jewell, Tyler Kakekaspan, Jude Kamenawatamin, Sheldon Kaminawash, Kaden Kanakakeesic, Kirk Keesic-Bearman, Matthew Lacosse, Ariana Land, Tyler Levesque, Quinton Loon-Stewardson, Hannah Mamawakeesick, Cody Martin, Angelica McKay, Ceaira McKay, Hilary McKay, Maybelline McKay, Seth McKay, Byron Mekanak, Marsha Mequanawap, Jack Mesich, Alexandra Morin, Emily Morin, Rick Mulville, Fisher Myshrall, Charles Oombash, Carlos Oskineegish, Samara Ostamas, Jessica Pichlyk, Scott Pichlyk, Kyrsten Quedent, Alex Rae, Jezebel Ramasamy, Joshua Ropek, Rollin Roundhead, Dominic Roy, Lucky Sainnawap, Kendall Schulz, Breanna Scott, Justin Simmers, Hannah Sofea, Trevor Somers, Lindsey Southwell, Ernest Southwind, Royden Spence, Alex Spooner, Madison St. Jean, Gabriela Taddeo, Hannah Thomas, Peyton Thomas, Dalton Thwaites, Antonio Trout, Carlos Trout, Keo Warner, Caleb Wills, Darian Windego, Shane Winter, Zachary Wiseman, and Devin Young.
Ontario Secondary School Certificates were presented to Mohammed Abubeker, Raven Atkinson, and Conrad Kamenawatamin.
Certificates of Accomplishment were presented to Christopher Blanchard and Austin McMurray.
A Certificate of Recognition was presented to Patrick Edwards.
Specialist High Skills Major Diploma – Health and Wellness graduates were: Mackenzie Angeconeb, Hezekiah Chapman, Haylei Diston, Rebecca Driver, Teale Hulina, and Zachary Wiseman.
Specialist High Skills Major Diploma – Transportation graduates were: Liam Belmore, Adam Coulombe, Wylder George, and Evan Howie.