District Honours Top Achievers

For almost 40 years, School District No. 73 has celebrated its academic high achievers.

The top five per cent of the district schools’ graduating class.

The best.

At Thompson Rivers University on Tuesday, 75 students of the class of 2017 were on hand to be recognized for their hard work, their perseverance, their determination — their “grit.”

South Kamloops Secondary Principal Walt Kirschner said the pathway to this pinnacle began years ago. These students have always achieved high marks, he noted. They have shown a pattern of success that will without doubt propel them for years to come.

“These kids are the difference makers in our community, and they will be in our country as well as they move past high school. It’s the norm for them. Each of these kids, whatever they set their mind to, they will be highly successful,” he said.

Vanessa McGill from Clearwater Secondary School thanked parents for their help through the years.

“We all have one thing in common, the amazing support teams in our lives,” she said, speaking on behalf of her fellow classmates, “from our highest of highs to our lowest of lows, they have always been there in our lives,” she said.