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St. Jerome's Catholic School students in Vermilion celebrate their grad while socially distancing

Vermilion celebrates 2020 Grads

Vermilion Elementary hosts socially distanced grad, high schools wait for a later date

With schools being closed this spring, many opted to postpone their graduation ceremonies, but Vermilion Elementary School (VES) was able to go forward with a socially distanced option.

On June 17, VES celebrated their Grade 6 Farewell and staff members were excited to congratulate the students.

During the ceremony, the annual Beckie Scott Spirit Award was presented to a boy and a girl in Grade 6 who exemplified the qualities Beckie displays (perseverance and dedication in pursuit of academic excellence, strong participation in intramurals and extracurricular activities, as well as a strong sense of citizenship and leadership).

This year’s recipients were Cassie Cameron and Zachary Gorkoff.

“More than any class before, the VES Class of 2020 has learned many virtues that we value such as responsibility, resilience, kindness, compassion, and perseverance. As they move forward to the challenges of Grade 7, we know they are ready,” said administrative assistant, Gerri Cameron.

J.R. Robson’s Grad pictures at the CN Station at Vermilion Provincial Park.

It has been a challenge for high schools in the community to commemorate the achievements of their graduates without being able to host their regular ceremonies.

Over at J.R. Robson School, they have been sharing special memories and future plans for graduates online throughout the past few weeks.

On June 12, St. Jerome’s Catholic School Grade 12 graduates met outdoors to take part in a photo opportunity with signs that had been specially made to honour each individual.

St. Jerome’s Catholic School students in Vermilion celebrate their grad while socially distancing

The Vermilion Outreach School is tentatively planning to host their graduation ceremony in August.

About Angela Mouly

Angela comes to Lakeland Connect Media from the Vermilion Voice newspaper where she spent the past four years reporting on community events. Her repertoire includes writing about history, politics, agriculture, sports, entertainment and art. She was the third place recipient of an AWNA General Excellence Award for “Best Front Page” during their 2016 Better Newspaper Competition. Angela has lived in rural Alberta all her life and in Vermilion for the past 15 years. She looks forward to continuing to serve and inform the Lakeland community by joining in people's many adventures and sharing their stories.