A celebration of a truly remarkable group of young people.
That’s how Gina Sinoski, the principle of Prince Albert's Wesmor Community High School, summed up graduation ceremonies Tuesday, which congratulated the highest number of graduates in recent years, with 59 young people taking the stage.
“They have been role models for our school and our younger students,” said Sinoski. “Their perseverance and courage is an example for our school community.”
She said one of the key messages of the day was letting the students know “they have the strength, patience and passion within them to create a joyful future.”
One student who epitomizes this sense of dedication and perseverance is Thomasina Sewap, the 2018 valedictorian, who has been through quite a lot to get to this stage in her educational career. She told paNOW she’d tried several other schools in the city that just didn’t work out for her, but found Wesmor and its staff the right fit in the end.
“They really go above and beyond for their students and that’s why I’m graduating this year,” she said. “They kept pushing and pushing …and getting mad at me, and it really helped."
Sewap graduated a number of years later than she had planned, after giving birth to her son Chase and being homeless for a brief spell, and wanted to share her gratitude in her speech Tuesday.
“It was about being grateful for everybody who helped me and for motivating my fellow graduates; the amount of support we get at Wesmor is insane,” she said.
Sewap plans to head off to the University of Regina, where she is looking to major in either law or business and said it’s a tale of success she’ll be proud to tell her son one day.
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