Graduation 2021 for students and teachers was a bittersweet moment

For many students this week, it was a time for graduation and looking forward to the next step in their lives.

For G. C. Huston Public School, like many others in 2021, graduation was not about a gymnasium decorated where students in new gowns and suits would walk across the stage, receive their diplomas, pose for a photo and then head off to a grad party at the home of one of the parents.

Ezra Garside was congratulated by teachers (L) Brady Skene and (R) Dana Mogk and Principal Hugh Morrison

This year however, due to COVID-19, it was a ‘drive-by’ celebration but students were still able to receive their diplomas and pose for a graduation photo for posterity.

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G. C. Huston Public School of Southampton is one of those smaller community schools where, despite being filled to capacity, students have excelled in community fundraising and where teachers know the name of every student.

For long-time teacher, Dana Mogk, 2021 graduation was a bittersweet moment as she retires from teaching. “My whole career of 20 years has been here at G.C. Huston,” says Mogk.  “I have had so many wonderful students and fun activities over the years but this is my last graduation.

However, as we always say … Once a Hawk, always a Hawk.”