Wahsa celebrates 2018 graduates
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
Wahsa Distance Education Centre celebrated this year’s 15 graduates during their 27th annual graduation ceremony at Pelican Falls First Nations High School on June 27.
John Cutfeet led as the master of ceremonies as well as translating any English greetings or speeches for northern viewers that tuned in to the livestream of the graduation.
Juliette Blackhawk and a drum group opened the ceremony off with a prayer and song, which was followed by greetings from Principal Darrin Head, Derek Maud representing Lac Seul chief and council, Norma Kejick from N.N.E.C. and Yolaine Kirlew from the Municipality of Sioux Lookout.
Willow Fiddler was the guest speaker and the valedictorians were Wesley and Florence Sanderson.
Following the ceremony, guests and graduates were invited to a large dinner feast.
Principal Head shared that seeing this group graduate was both rewarding and inspiring.
“What was unique about this group was the range of diverse needs, which made things both challenging at times, but also rewarding. Seeing this group make its way through is really inspiring,” he said.
Valedictorian Florence Sanderson shared that she was excited to graduate and that it felt good to finish something that she started.
“Today means finishing something that I started. It felt great knowing I was going to graduate today,” she concluded.
This year’s graduates are: Beverly Sakakeesic-Wesley Cat Lake, Brooke Tia Meekis - Deer Lake, Amy Rae - Deer Lake, Karen Kakekagumick - Fort Hope, Krista Williams - Fort Hope, Genevieve Winter - Kingfisher Lake, Coral Chisel - Lac Seul, Florence Sanderson - Lac Seul, Wesley Sanderson - Lac Seul, Aaron Fox – Mishkeegogamang, Lesley Ann Mathe – Mishkeegogamang, Darryn Morris - Muskrat Dam, Asher Madame - Sachigo Lake, Nancy Cutfeet – Wapekeka, and Floyd Kenequanash - Weagamow.