Congrats, grads!

Way to go 2011 graduates!

Way to go 2011 graduates!

You made it through a whole five years of high school and are well on your way to being successful adults. You already are role models for the next group of students who will wear the robes of honour next year.

On Wednesday, students from GROW graduated, and on Saturday, Williams Lake secondary and Columneetza secondary students took their turn bidding farewell to high school and welcoming in the new stage of adulthood — students from Maranatha Christian School and the Cariboo Adventist Academy are graduating this weekend.

I had the opportunity to attend the Williams Lake secondary and Columneetza secondary graduations on Saturday and was impressed that so many of you earned bursaries, scholarships, and awards, and many more were listed on the honour roll and work ethic lists. Williams Lake evidently has some of the best and the brightest.

Both valedictorians provided moving and inspiring thoughts that I believe touched many, if not all, of us watching and listening from our seats.

Columneetza valedictorian Megan Lucks said “high school is an important milestone and one that is often reflected upon.”

WLSS valedictorian Britney Anderson said, “It’s time to say goodbye to the innocence of childhood and the naivety of adolescence. I hope that each and every one of you will find that flicker, that spark, that flame, that will allow you in your own way to illuminate the world.”

Congratulations to all 2011 graduates. We wish you all of the best in your future endeavors.

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