Participation key to the high school experience

Tyler Clarke
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St. Mary High School’s co-presidents of the student leadership council, April Torres and Kienan Holash, are seen at the school on Wednesday prior to joining the other 181 graduands (one who is about to graduate) for a group photo outside of the Sacred Heart Cathedral. 

St. Mary High School's co-presidents of the student leadership council reflect on their high school experiences. 

“We’re just a big group of friends leaving school,” St. Mary High School student Kienan Holash summarized.

While 181 of their peers scurried about the school on Wednesday in preparation for a group photograph outside of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Holash joined April Torres in discussing their high school experience with the Daily Herald.

As co-presidents of the school’s student leadership council, the two have remained active throughout their four years of high school.

This, Torres said, is key to getting the most out of high school and life in general.

Involved in various sports, fundraisers, drama and other organizations and efforts with her peers, Torres said that remaining out there “really makes your high school experience the best.”

“You get to know a lot of people, and get to be friends with a lot of people, and it’s just awesome to be involved in other people’s lives.”

Similarly involved in school activities, Holash said that the friendly atmosphere at St. Mary High School fosters the acceptance to try one’s hand at different things they might otherwise not consider.

We’re just a big group of friends leaving school. Kienan Holash

By expanding his own horizons over the past four years, Holash figures that he’ll look back on his high school experience 20 years from now with fondness.

“Lots of amazing things have happened and we’ve accomplished a lot of things together,” he said.

“I’m pretty sure we’re going to be close. We’re already starting groups on Facebook for reunions down the road, and I think that’s really cool.”

In addition to a healthy collection of memories and friends, Holash’s impressive résumé, bolstered by school participation, opened up a door in Switzerland, where he’ll be attending school during a stopgap year prior to settling into a career path.

Torres plans on getting into pharmaceuticals, beginning with some courses in Prince Albert prior to making the leap to Saskatoon.

Holash and Torres will join 181 of their peers in graduating on Friday during a ceremony at the Art Hauser Centre.

Organizations: Mary High School, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Daily Herald Art Hauser Centre

Geographic location: Switzerland, Prince Albert, Saskatoon

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