Time to shine for Ripley
Grade 8 graduates
By Liz Dadson
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Winning awards at the Ripley-Huron Community School Grade 8 graduation, Tuesday evening, at the school, are, Travis Emmerton (L), Morgan Colling, Brandon Hooey, Alexa Collins and Calum Davis
Award winners, are Alayna Card (L), Jennelle Smeltzer, Brent Scott, Connor Uzzell and Callie Martyn
Winning awards, are Jacob Lange (L), Taryn Fry, Liam Chapleau and Annie Leppington
Award winners, are Hart McFarlane (L), Victoria Weber, Jerome Vanderburg-Elliott, Cassie Johnston-Brown and Zane Douglas
"It's your time to shine. Get out there and chase your dreams. Follow your heart and good things will happen."
Those words of encouragement came from valedictorian Jennelle Smeltzer, as she spoke at the Ripley-Huron Community School Grade 8 graduation ceremony, Tuesday night, at the school.
"Life is not a race, but indeed a wonderful journey," said Jennelle. "Take the time to dream big and live your life to the fullest."
Valedictorian Jennelle Smeltzer
Taking the graduates on a trip down memory lane from when they started elementary school 10 years ago, Jennelle recalled their wonderful Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. MacDonald.
"She taught us all the basics of everything. The days were spent learning our jolly phonics, calendar time and the best part of the day, activity time."
Then through Grade 1 with Mrs. Nixon, Grade 2 with Mrs. Wilken and Grade 3 with Mrs. Ellis and Mrs. Simpson.
Grade 4, found the students in two different classes, with Mr. L. and Mrs. Walden-Troke. "We all thought it was so cool when Mr. L. made up nicknames for all of the students in his class. And you can't forget his legendary deer heart."
Grade 5, the class was together again with Mrs. Walden-Troke. That year, the students started the Me-to-We "Free the Children" project, raising money to build a school in Ecuador.
The most memorable part of Grade 6 was the trip to the Outdoor Education Centre for three days in the winter. And joining the school band.
Along with being senior students, in Grades 7 and 8, came more responsibility, but there was also a lot of fun. "We had Mr. Quinn in Grade 7. Everyone loved when we were in the middle of a lesson and Mr. Quinn would get side-tracked with one of his 'stories'."
Jennelle sent a big thank you to French teacher Madame Battler and music teacher Mrs. Browne for some great memories. And to all the teachers who volunteered to run intramural sports, and coach sports.
Finally, Grade 8, the top of the heap, with Mrs. Grubb.
"She taught us everything we need to know to get us ready for high school," said Jennelle. "She has big expectations for all her students and huge responsibilities that we need to follow. One of the biggest responsibilities we had was to make sure we always checked over our work and handed it in on time."
The class had a terrific Grade 8 grad trip to Toronto, visiting the Toronto Zoo, the Ontario Science Centre, the Rogers Centre, watching a live performance of "The Lion King," and attending Medieval Times.
Now, it's time for the Class of 2014 to shine, said Jennelle. "We all have different dreams and expectations. I wish everyone the best with whatever you decide to pursue in your lifetime.
"One last thing, don't go where the path may lead you; go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail. Appreciate all the little things in life and enjoy them.
"Live for today, enjoy the moment. Congratulations, Class of 2014. We made it!"
The following students won awards at the graduation:Scholastic Medallion for academic excellence - Alayna Card, Liam Chapleau, Morgan Colling, Jacob Lange, Annie Leppington, Hart McFarlane, Jennelle Smeltzer, Connor Uzzell
William Turvill Scholastic Achievement award for top average in the graduating class - Jacob Lange
Sub-Lieutenant John A. MacLeod Memorial prize for second highest average - Hart McFarlane
Valedictorian - Jennelle Smeltzer
Reid's Corners Women's Institute award for progress - Alexa Colling and Brent Scott
Purple Grove Women's Institute Music award - Victoria Weber
"Western"-themed cupcakes for the Ripley-Huron Community School Grade 8 graduation, were made by Kirsten Walden
French award - Morgan Colling
Albert Wylds History award - Calum Davis
Albert Wylds Geography award - Jennelle Smeltzer
Helen Henderson Science award - Liam Chapleau
Bruce Power Technology award - Brandon Hooey and Travis Emmerton
Art award - Hart McFarlane
English award - Annie Leppington
Ripley-Huron Legion Ladies Auxiliary language award - Cassie Johnston-Brown
Grubb Memorial Math award - Jacob Lange
CUPE Local 1176 service award - Jerome Vanderburg-Elliott
Ripley and District Lions Club Athletic award - Jennelle Smeltzer and Jacob Lange
Steven Taylor Memorial award for a student who demonstrates consistent effort and has overcome significant learning challenges to perform to the best of his/her ability - Zane Douglas
Joe Fitzgerald Congeniality award - Alayna Card
HuronTel leadership award - Alayna Card and Jacob Lange
MacKenzie and McCreath School Spirit award - Hart McFarlane
Raven award - "Best you Can Be" - for positive attitude, good citizenship, academic achievement and leadership - Connor Uzzell and and Annie Leppington
Tara Chatham Memorial Athletic award for leadership, participation in sports and demonstrating fair play, team spirit and good sportsmanship - Callie Martyn
Rose Lowry Memorial Fund award - Taryn Fry and Brent Scott
Kincardine Rotary Club Citizenship award - Hart McFarlane
OSSTF "Pay It Forward" award - Morgan Colling
NEW - Engineering Inspiration award - sponsored by the Kinetic Knights Robotics team (FRC Team 781) - Connor Uzzell
© Liz Dadson
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