Cameras snapped last minute photos as the graduation caps rained down like confetti during the final moments of high school for the graduating class at E.L. Crossley.
Thursday night saw the class of 2014 become apart of the schools history that has remained strong since 1963. The somber moment saw the last of many at Crossley as they go onto bigger and better opportunities. This graduating class may be no different from years past, but the impact on the future just might be.
The four years at E.L. Crossley saw young men and women turn into something more. On the field and on the water. In the classrooms and in the labs. These students made history at the school and in the community.
Principal Ed Goerzen described the evening as both happy and sad.
“It’s wonderful to see the kids looking so mature — but it’s hard to say goodbye after acting like their second set of parents for the last four years. You see everyone smiling, so it’s mixed emotions for everyone.”
Goerzen says it doesn’t get any easier watching the pupils he’s spent more time with than their own families. Watching them coming in as kids and leaving as young adults are what he treasures about his job.
“It’s nice to see them go off into the world,” he said. “We hope we’ve trained them well for the next chapter of each of their lives and we wish them nothing but the best.”
Valedictorian: Courtney Steingart
Governor General’s Academic Medal: Zoe Abbott-Tate
DSBN Excellence in Education Award: Courtney Steingart
Principal’s Recognition Award: Sarah Seddon
Fonthill Lioness Award: Asheley Hessels
Fenwick Firefighters Association Award: Eric Moore
Jody Stortz Memorial Scholarship: Meaghan Napper
Rotary Club of Fonthill Maureen Walker Memorial Scholarship: Jacob Riehl
Wainfleet Historical Society Award: Steven Wright