There were plenty of bursaries and scholarships being handed out as well, 145 awards to be exact. This adds up to $269,000, $134,000 of which comes directly from Fort St. John.
Valedictorian, Esther Wenger received the most in bursaries, pocketing $5,200 in total for her outstanding academic achievements.
“If there is one thing I see in our graduating class, it’s that we have incredible potential,” Wagner said during her speech. “Not just to be successful people, but to be successful as people; to create, to care about others, and to cultivate that growth in our families, in our friends, and in ourselves.”
Mayor Lori Ackerman spoke directly to the graduates, offering a piece of advice before they move on to the next chapter of their lives.
“Character and wisdom are sculpted over time. They come with loss, lessons, and trials,” Mayor Ackerman said. “They come after doubts, second guesses and unknowns.”
“If there’s a definite path to success, everyone would be on it,” Mayor Ackerman added. “The seeds of your success are planted in your past failures. Your best stories will come from overcoming your greatest struggles.”
“Your praises will be born from your pain. So keep standing, keep learning. Live with integrity, and if you ever have a choice of which road to take, take the high road, there’s less traffic,” Mayor Ackerman concluded, receiving a chuckle from the crowd.
Congratulations to the graduating class of 2014.