Close-knit community school celebrates graduation

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Wesmor Community High School graduates share a laugh prior to having their picture taken at their graduation’s grand march on Thursday night at the E. A. Rawlinson Centre. 

Sweating under their heavy dresses and suits in the E. A. Rawlinson Centre lobby, this year’s Wesmor Community High School graduating class insisted on waiting.

 

One of their peers -- this year’s valedictorian Amelia Everett -- was running late and they wanted her in the photo.

Although the photographer ended up having to Photoshop Everett into the photo, students sweated for at least 10 minutes before being called away to the evening’s grand march.

It’s indicative of a close-knit school community, where Everett said that “everyone gets along.”

During the evening’s grand march, every one of this year’s 27 grads were singled out for their efforts and aspirations.

A broad range of aspirations ranged from taking time off, to finding employment off the bat and attending post-secondary institutions.

Everett’s back story proved one of inspiration.

A few years ago it would have been difficult to have seen Everett graduate, let alone become valedictorian.

I pushed myself to show him not to give up Amelia Everett

Skipping school was a common practice – that was, until she got pregnant at the age of 16.

Little Jared Custer was born after Everett turned 17, at which time she was enrolled in Grade 11.

“I pushed myself to show him not to give up,” she said.

Distilling the valedictorian address she gave earlier in the day, Everett said that her son, and the life-changing event of giving birth to him inspired her speech.  

The crux of it, she summarized, is; “Not to give up -- to keep going and to push yourself and to push others.”

From here, Everett said that she plans on attending university in order to become a nurse.

“That’s my way of helping, I guess.”

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