Mackenzie celebrates Class of 2019

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by Terry Myers

Like strong mustangs, Mackenzie Community School’s Class of 2019 is ready to gallop off in new directions.

But no matter where those new paths take them, it’s the bonds of family and friendship that will give them the strength to overcome the challenges they face.

That was the message from Renfrew County District School Board trustee Marjorie Adam last Thursday, as students, staff and families gathered to celebrate Mackenzie’s annual secondary school graduation ceremonies.

A total of 57 students received their Ontario Secondary School Diplomas, with future plans ranging from a year’s travel in Australia, to joining the Canadian Armed Forces, to studying “mechatronics engineering” at McMaster University.

But no matter what path their futures take, Adam urged this year’s new grads “not to sweat it so much” because “the future is fluid and offers no guarantees.”

“After all, it’s your life, so make your own decisions,” she said.

Shae-Lynn Lepage was the top academic award winner of the night, earning the Governor General’s Award as the graduating student with the highest academic average based on all Grade 11 and 12 courses.

Lepage also won the Healthy & Active Living and Calculus & Vectors subject awards, a Gold level honour roll certificate, and was one of 35 students named Ontario Scholars.

Quynne Merrill was named the winner of the Lieutenant Governor Community Volunteer Award for volunteer service “above and beyond” the province’s mandated hours.

> for the full story on this year’s grad, and the full list of this year’s award winners, pick up a copy of this week’s NRT…