Saugeen District Secondary School 2016 Graduation
by Sandy Lindsay

October 11, 2016


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Graduating Class of 2016

... the traditional 'cap toss'

Saugeen District Secondary School (SDSS) had a large graduating class this year (2016) and also many who made the Ontario Scholars' list with an average of 80 per cent or higher.

Valedictorian Meagan Fowler

"We will all take something different from our experience at school," said Megan Fowler, 2016 Valedictorian.  "We've learned a lot together and the time seems to have gone in the blink of an eye.  Things may seem overwhelming at times but we shouldn't be afraid of failure.  If you face your fear head on you can achieve great things.  We can all be inspired by each other and we should fully embrace our differences, accept others and accept ourselves.  Follow your own path and do whatever you are passionate about.  Life is too short not to express yourself and, at the end of the day, it doesn't matter what others think of you, just what you think of yourself.  This is our time ... just be you."

Utsab Roychowdhury introduced the Valedictorian with his usual sense of humour that had the audience laughing

Saugeen First Nation Chief Lester Anoquot

Saugeen First Nation Chief, Lester Anoquot, welcomed the students and told them, as a graduate of SDSS, he wants to see a retransformation of learning and relationships that move in a circular rather than linear way.  "I would like to give a special acknowledgement to Grey Bruce Foundation and also to Marilyn Root who teaches the traditional language of Ojibwa.  In moving forward, I would like see consideration be given to a model  and full immersion in the Ojibwa language."

Best friends will soon be going their separate ways ...  (L-R) Cortney Heard, Bri Vance & Shelby Van Sickle

(L-R) Brittany Ella, Caitlyn Daneluk, Brittany Greig, Sarah Irwin, Bri Vance and Cortney Heard 

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Emily Ripley (L) and Felicia Fletcher


Despite being on crutches, Brendan Morano was all thumbs up with his BBF the Royals' lion

A capacity crowd of family and friends attended the ceremony

The SDSS Sr. Band lead by Kerrie Lynn Boys  entertained before the ceremony

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