A warm early-October evening at Gus Wetter School was all about the celebration of students during the annual awards night and convocation.
Taking place on Oct. 7, the two part ceremony began with junior and senior high awards presentations after an Indigenous land acknowledgement by teacher Elizabeth Weber and and welcome by Gus Wetter School’s new principal, Jordan Rohodes.
The first grade to be recognized for their achievements was the Grade 7 Junior High Student Council Honour Roll and Clearview Honour Roll students. The students recognized were Jessica Boxma, Cole Hildreth, Bethany Holland, Jack Holloway, Savannah Lungle, Jacob McCallum and Jessie Weeks.
The Grade 8 students recognized were Calib Formento, Aspen Johnson, Ella Perry and Wyatt Wiancko.
For Grade 9, Rheese Andersen, Axton Compton, Aislyn Holland, Jensen Rossing and Brandyn Wiancko were honoured.
Holloway, Johnson and Andersen also received awards for academic excellence, while Grade 7 student Sandra Buriskova received a Fine Arts award along with Johnson and Aislyn Holland.
Grade 10 students Thayer Bunbury, Nola Fuller, Breckin Holloway, Ray Musgrove, Tayah Perry, Kelsey Rehman, Grace Roland and Lauren Slemp all earned recognition on the Honour Roll.
In Grade 11, Brandyn Baird, Eve Fetaz, Karli Fuller, Toryn Johnson, Parker Slemp, Harmony Stirling, Tierra Ulrich and Elizabeth Virgo all made Honour Roll as well.
A local organization sponsoring many awards for the junior high students is the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire (IODE). Earning awards in core subjects were Jack Holloway for Grade 7, Aspen Johnson for Grade 8 and Rheese Andersen for Grade 9.
Starting in Grade 10, the awards are further broken down.
For Math 10C, Thayer Bunbury was the winner. Math 10-3, Elise Duncan. English 10-1 was awarded to Grace Roland while English 10-2 was awarded to Jayden Seth. Social Studies 10-1 was awarded to Tayah Perry, while 10-2 was awarded to Seth again. The award for Science 10 went to Bunbury. The award for CTS Industrial Education was awarded to Jayden Seth and CTS Food Studies was awarded to Grace Roland. The award for Physical Education 10 went to Ray Musgrove.
Starting in Grade 11, courses begin going to the 20-level.
Grade 11 student Eve Fetaz picked up four IODE award for Math 20-1, English 20-1, Social Studies 20-1 and for Two Grade 11 Sciences.
Donovon Beverton picked up a pair of Grade 11 awards for Math 20-3 and Science 24.
Other Grade 11 awards presented were to Tierra Ulrich for Math 20-2, Sage Gonda for English 20-2, Thorson Marshall for Social Studies 20-2, Caleb Shipton for CTS Industrial Arts 20 and Toryn Johnson for Physical Education 20.
In non-core subjects, Kelsey Rehman was presented the Drama Award.
After the Junior High and Senior High awards, up to Grade 11, there was an intermission in the festivities before many of the graduated Grade 12 students returned to the school gymnasium for one final time.
In Grade 12, Kennedy Bagshaw, Jules Fetaz, Abby Fuller, Alyssa Kuefler, Ashley Renschler, Amie Rowland and Raelynn Weber all earned places on Clareview’s Honour Roll.
In addition, valedictorian Abby Fuller was presented with the Governor General’s Medal for having the highest overall average in her class, as well as awards in Math 30-1, Social Studies 30—1, Biology 30 and Chem 30. As well, Fuller was also presented with the final IODE award of the evening.
Other Grade 12 award winners were Alex Johnson in English 30-2, Sydney Renschler for Math 30-2, Will Slemp for Social Studies 30-2, Zoey Giffin for CTS Foods 30, and Keegan Browning for CTS Industrial Arts 30.
Some other scholarships presented were the Castor and District History Book Community Spirit and Leadership Award which was presented to Amie Rowland, the Sean Thielmeman Memorial Scholarship which was presented to Will Slemp, the Theresetta School Parent Scholarship which was presented to Abby Fuller, the Castor Elks scholarship presented to Ashley Renschler, the Jesse Elhard Memorial Award presented to Will Slemp, the Class of 2016 Leadership Award presented to Rae Weber and the Cup Award presented to Amie Rowland.