Queen Elizabeth District High School Valedictorian Address
Dominic Roy - QEDHS Valedictorian
Good afternoon and welcome to parents and family, elders, teachers, staff and guests.
I stand before you today with the honour of being your Valedictorian. Take a minute to consider how many students have walked these halls since this school opened in the 1950s. How many baskets have been scored in this gym? How many proms and how many exams have been written here? It is baffling to think about how big a role this school played in so many people’s lives.
With this being said, I would like to congratulate the class of 2018 on being the final graduating class of Queen Elizabeth District High School. And boy, do I feel like we deserve those congratulations! I think it is safe to say that all of us have worked very hard, or at least tried to look like we’re working hard, in order to get to this point today.
I’m sure everyone has experienced some challenges along their path to graduation day. Graduates juggle academics, sports, after school jobs and being there to support their families. Many graduates have had to leave their families and travel from their homes while pursuing this diploma. However, no matter how hard your journey may have been, I think I can speak for all of us when I say, we are grateful to be graduating from Q.E.
We are thankful because this school had a lot of great things to offer us; the wonderful staff and their dedication to shaping our lives every day. Thanks to all of the teachers and support staff that have helped guide us along this path; taking the time to provide us with lunch tutorials, getting to know us and leading us in being the best we can be.
We have learned so many important lessons throughout our high school journey. Living in a small town like Sioux Lookout means we all know and rely on each other. We learned to be kind to one another because if you annoy more than ten people, well, then you sit alone at lunch!
We have learned that we need to take care of the things we have because you can only drop so many test tubes until the school budgets out.
We also learned to work diligently for what you are passionate about, like Mr. Link, Mr. Hildebrand and our Art students did through the Besties.
We have learned how to prepare a delicious meal while avoiding burning down the kitchen.
We have learned that none of us are as smart as we think we are. Thanks to Deb from Fair Convenience who constantly reminds us of this! For these invaluable lessons, we thank you!
But, it’s not just lessons that we will take with us when we leave this building, it’s our amazing memories made here. Perhaps your favourite memory is Mr. Osmond making you staple your assignments in the top left hand corner at a precisely measured 45 degree angle or Ms. Perozak telling you another scientific fact about the human body that you didn’t know. Maybe you were on the girls soccer team and had to sleep on the conference room floor in the hotel because all of the hotel rooms were booked. Or, perhaps like me, your favourite memory is of having an existential crisis every time Mr. Kiepek took a break from roasting you to teach you about the universe.
No matter what lesson you learned, or what memories you have, I think that all of us can say we spent our time here well.
But, it’s time to move on and look ahead to the future. I wish you all the best of luck and remember we are a determined, intelligent and talented group. We’re going to accomplish great things. Wherever we wind up, I know that we will always look back on our years spent at Q.E. and be proud of what we accomplished here. This school helped to shape us into the people we are today and even though this school is closing down, this school can be proud of the legacy it leaves behind through the many grads that have walked across this stage. Congratulations warriors!
Queen Elizabeth District High School Awards 2018
Governor General's Medal
Lieutenant Governor’s Community Volunteer Award
OPC Principal’s Award for Student Leadership
Principal’s Gold Medal
Principal’s Silver Medal
Principal’s Bronze Medal
Principal’s Bronze Medal
Award of Merit
Award of Merit
Angelica McKay, Brandon Hudson, Marek Hall, Trevor Somers, Rollin Roundhead, Byron Mekanak, Hannah Sofea, Jessica Pichlyk
Beta Sigma Phi Bursary (In Memory of Jen McKenzie) Epsilon Zeta Chapter
Blueberry Bert’s Business & Travel Award
Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary Bursary
CUPE Union 2141 Bursary
Christopher Blanchard, Raine Elliot, Cortez Favot, Tanner Gale, Brett Kuzemczak, Jezebel Ramasamy, Lindsey Southwell, Shoshannah Fox
Deer Lake Graduation Award
Dick Davidson Legacy Bursary
Dylan Hyatt Memorial Bursary
Eabametoong First Nation Award
Edwin Switzer Memorial Bursary Royal Canadian Legion
Chase Melnichuk, Priscilla Davis, Katie Gervasi
Elsie Cosco Memorial Scholarship
Dominic Roy, Rebecca Driver
Fort Severn Graduation Award
Tyler Kakekaspan, Trevor Somers
Grand Council Treaty # 3 Most improved Student Bursary
Independent First Nations Alliance Award
Angelica McKay, Hezekiah Chapman
John Carroll Memorial Bursary
Jude Kamenawatamin, Matthew Lacosse, Brandon Hudson, Hannah Thomas, Ceaira Mckay, Alexandra Morin, Rick Mulville, Devin Young
Kasabonika First Nation Graduation Award
Keewaywin First Nation Award
Maggie (Alex) Rae
K. O. Graduation Awards
Tyler Kakekaspan, Samara Ostamas, Maggie (Alex) Rae
Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug Education Graduation Award
Hezekiah Chapman, Angelica Mckay
Lac Seul Education Authority Ontario Power Generation Award
Matthew Binguis, Cassie Capay, Hannah Sofea, Antonio Trout, Kirk Keesic-Bearman, Krysten Quedent, Peyton Thomas, Carlos Trout, Evan Carpenter, MacKenize Angeconeb, Liam Belmore, Michael Davis, Hannah Thomas, Ernest Southwind
McKenzie Recreation Association Award
Mel & Alice Dalseg Mayfair Theatre Bursary
Melody McIver Musical Strings Award
Mino Bimaadiziwin Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Centre Bursary
Municipality of Sioux Lookout Award
NNEC Recognition Award
Toshane Fiddler, Marlene Fiddler
Northwest Catholic District School Board Award
Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association Award
Wylder George, Alex Spooner
Ontario Principal Council Award
Ontario Public Service Employees' Union Award
Madison St. Jean, Joshua Ropek, Haylei Diston
Orlando Lago Memorial Bursary
QE Experiential Education Home Hardware Construction Award
QE Experiential Education Oshtugon Musical Leadership Award
QE Experiential Education Sioux-Per Auto Parts Transportation Technology Award
QE Experiential Education Senior Food and Nutrition Award
Rotary Club Bursary (male)
Rotary Club Bursary (female)
Science North Science Award
Shibogama Education Authority Graduation Awards
Randy Cutfeet, Tyson Duncan, Shane Winter, Carlos Oskineegish, Hilary McKay, Lucky Sainnawap, Cody Martin, Marsha Mequanawap
Sioux Lookout Chamber of Commerce Bursary
Sioux Lookout Lion’s Club Bursary
Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre Hugh Allen Bursary
T.C.R.C. Union Bursary
Union of Health & Environment Workers Bursary
Dominic Roy, Chase Melnichuk
Wapekeka Graduation Award
Randy Cutfeet, Tyson Duncan, Shane Winter
Windigo First Nations Council Award
Maybelline McKay, Charles Oombash, Royden Spence, Rollin Roundhead, Conrad Kamenawatamin, Sheldon Kaminawash, Byron Mekanak
Wunnumin First Nation Award
Hilary McKay, Lucky Sainnawap, Cody Martin, Marsha Mequanawap