“Be proud that you had this rural and small school experience,” High Prairie School Division assistant superintendent Pamela Heckbert told the 2023 Kinuso School graduates.
Heckbert was one of several dignitaries who spoke at the graduation on Saturday, June 10 in the school gym. The others were: MLA Scott Sinclair, Big Lakes County Kinuso Councillor Roberta Hunt, Swan River First Nation Chief Lee Twin, High Prairie School Division (HPSD) Trustee Lorraine Shelp, and Kinuso School principal Susan Ward.
The students chose former Kinuso School teachers to give the farewell speeches at the end of the ceremony. Both Ian Bentley and Shelley Gerrard gave these speeches through a video.
Many of the 10 Kinuso graduates had been together since preschool.
However, one of the kids they started out with didn’t make it to graduation. Keegan Giroux died when the class was in Grade 5. He is still missed and was mentioned by several people, including by graduate Paige Nadon in her classmate speech and Bentley, who taught them in Grade 5.
Bentley had nice things to say about each student individually in his farewell to the graduates. The graduates had chosen him as their favourite teacher.
At the graduation, three scholarships were given out. Emma-Lee Giroux received a scholarship from a local company, K and R Site Services. Paige Nadon and Aiden McLaughli received Alberta Teachers Association (ATA) scholarships.
by Pearl Lorentzen