September 30th, 2016

Chinook High School graduation — ‘I just feel really blessed to have the opportunity’


By Lethbridge Herald on June 9, 2015.

Melissa Villeneuve
Lethbridge Herald
mvilleneuve@lethbridgeherald.com
Graduation is just around the corner for about 225 Grade 12 students at Chinook High School.
June 26 marks the day when they cross the stage, receive their diploma, and begin the next phase of life after spending four years together.
For valedictorian Andrea Walker, it brings mixed feelings.
Walker, who finishes the year with a 97 per cent average, said she is honoured to be the one to speak to her classmates at convocation.
“I just feel really blessed to have the opportunity to speak to my grad class. I really appreciate the honour of being acknowledged for the efforts that I’ve put into school for my entire career.”
Apart from keeping on top of her homework, Walker is active in theatre productions. She’s been in almost every one since Grade 9, and her favourite role was Emily in last year’s “Our Town.” Outside of school, she plays piano and sings in community choirs.
Walker said her high school experience has allowed her to pursue her interests as a singer and actress, as well as dedicate time to her studies.
“It has been busy. I’ve loved it though. I think all the teachers here have really invested in the students. I feel like I’ve had a lot of opportunities to explore things I’m really passionate about.”
After graduation, she plans to attend Capernwray Bible School in England and Austria for one year.
Her ultimate career goal is to become a speech language pathologist. She said it starts at a Masters level, and doesn’t have too many prerequisites, so she’s going to get her Vocal Jazz major.
“Just kind of continue to do what I love musically and educate myself, then go into the Masters for my career,” she said.
The graduating class already celebrated with a Gala Banquet and Dance on May 1 in the University of Lethbridge gym.
Walker said she really enjoyed the opportunity to reflect on the past four years with her classmates.  It will be sad to say goodbye to many she may never see again, but she said she’s excited to see the lives that they will impact in the future.
While her valedictorian speech is still being written, Walker said her hope for fellow grads is “in whatever they do, as they move forward, do it selflessly and humbly.”
Convocation is set for Friday, June 26 at 1:30 p.m. in the Chinook High School gymnasium.

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