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CVR celebrates the class of 2024

The graduating class of Chateauguay Valley Regional High School confidently processed into the gymnasium wearing the traditional flowing gowns and bibs for the start of their graduation ceremony on June 1.

Following an acknowledgement that the ceremony was taking place on unceded Kanienʼkehá꞉ka (Mohawk) territory recited by graduate Jayden Scarlette, and the singing of the national anthem, vice principal Sabrina Henderson welcomed those in attendance and officially opened the ceremony.

Principal Lynn Harkness offered the 111 members of the graduating class her remarks, which were mixed with a few words of wisdom, advice, and well wishes. “Graduation is a time of reflection, a time to look back on all the challenges you have overcome and the successes that you have achieved,” she noted. “It is a time to appreciate the friendships you have formed, the lessons you have learned, and the growth you have undergone during your time here at CVR. Graduation is also a time of new beginnings, to look ahead with excitement and optimism to the future that awaits you.”

 

The commencement ceremony for the 111 members of the graduating class of 2024 at CVR took place on June 1 in Ormstown PHOTOS Sarah Rennie

 

Harkness then asked that the graduating class remember a few key points as they prepare to walk the CVR hallways for a final time: Stay true to yourselves, never stop learning, be kind, and never give up. She highlighted the time and energy that so many of the graduates have selflessly given to the school during their time as students. “The spirit and uniqueness that exists sets us apart from other schools, and this is credited to you students and to the amazing community that we are part of,” she added, before thanking parents and guardians for their commitment, encouragement, and support.

Valedictorian Ava Jeuris, who quipped that a fellow grad had predicted in Grade 7 that she would one day be addressing her fellow graduates, delivered an address filled with clever references to great times, memorable experiences, subtle jabs, and warm words for all those at CVR.

“We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to our fabulous teachers, the dedicated administrators, custodial staff, technicians, coaches, and volunteers for giving us wonderful memories and the tools to thrive after high school,” she said, before acknowledging the role played by all the parents and guardians in the crowd. Jeuris then turned to address her fellow graduates, noting that while everyone is heading off to do “something incredible,” their paths will surely cross again.

 

Ava Jeuris represented the class of 2024 as valedictorian She was also presented with the Birks Silver Medal and Reeves Scholarship for the highest academic achievement as well as the Lloyd H Adamson Prize for the student best exemplifying the spirit of CVR PHOTOS Sarah Rennie

 

The afternoon then moved on to the presentation of diplomas, which was followed by a song performance by the members of the performing arts class. Henderson then presided over the awarding of prizes for achievement in different subject areas, awards, and medals. Gregg Edwards of the CVR Educational Foundation then came forward to present 36 different bursaries and scholarships to deserving students.

In total, over $110,000 were awarded throughout the afternoon. The Birks Bronze Medal for the second-highest overall achievement was presented to Summer Johnston, while the Birks Silver Medal and Reeves Scholarship for the highest academic achievement of the graduating class were awarded to Ava Jeuris.

The winners of the school life awards were then announced, including the recipient of the Lloyd H. Adamson Prize for the graduating student best exemplifying the spirit of CVR. This prestigious award, the final award of the ceremony, was presented to Ava Jeuris.

The students then filed out of the gymnasium happily carrying their diplomas and prizes, to be met by proud parents and family members waiting to pose for photos with their graduates.

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