Our Lady of Mount Pleasant

Well, we made it, the graduating class of 2020! It has been one heck of a ride to get where we are today. The last three years together have not been the easiest, especially grade 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the quick adaptations that had to be made. But that did not stop us and we are still here graduating together. Celebrating virtually and distantly right now then hopefully together in the fall. I want to say thank you to all the teachers and staff, friends and family for helping all of us get through this last year of school and the eleven odd years before that!

We have all learned a lot throughout the years, Mrs Reinhardt, Mrs Terlesky and Mr Wispinsky enlightened us through science. Mr Riise, Mrs Delong, and Mrs Clarkson had us working those calculations in Math, Mr Enright and Miss D. got us to write with English, and Mr Sych and Mr Murphy taught us Social Studies. They taught us these classes and each one of their classes was unique and everyone learned different things, whether it was a skill or lesson we may use for the rest of our lives, thank you on the behalf of everyone for putting up with us.

Some of the ideas and topics learned throughout the years might not be the most applicable to me and others as we move forward with our lives, but there are still skills that we have learned and I guarantee that they will help us later in life. Skills such as planning, balancing school, work and life, talking to people and talking in front of people are just the tip of the iceberg of what skills we have all learned over the 12 years of school. Most of what we did and learned over the years will come along with us when we move on to post-secondary or into the workforce and I hope that you will use more than one thing later in life that you learned here at OLMP.

Along with all the skills and lessons that have been brought into our lives, there are also memories that we will cherish and remember. For me, there were many memories that I have of high school, but my favourite has to be from this past fall. During a high school football game in Edson, I took a clean hit, and I broke my leg. To be fair I do not remember a lot from after the hit, what I do remember is seeing one of my best friends, Malcolm Guglich, stick by my side, hang out in the hospital. Then making the trip in the worst seat in the ambulance to the Stollery, that is what a true friend does, and I met him in school!.

Oh, and did I mention that he didn’t even have his phone with him, “Sorry Malcolm.”

I want you all to think back, think of the memories you made here, so one day you can look back to these times and remember what happened, remember all the good times you had and how far you've come. If someone made you laugh like Angus always made me laugh. If the sports team you were a part of did something incredible remember that too. You may feel that you didn’t do something significant yourself, but someone else may feel differently. The friendly smile you have in the hall could have brought someone's spirits up. A simple Good Morning every day, changed someone’s mood. These will be the memories! I also want you to remember the lessons that you learned no matter the consequences as those are what can define you and can make you better moving forward with life. That is very important.

I want to share a quote from my favourite person Stanley Lieber, or some of you might know him as Stan Lee, it goes like this “The only advice anybody can give is if you want to be a writer, keep writing. And read all you can, read everything.” What this says to me is that if you want to do something and you are determined to succeed, keep doing whatever it is that you need to do to make sure you succeed. If you want to write, keep writing, if you want to play sports keep playing, even if you just want to move up in your company keep working hard and then one-day all the work that you did will come to fruition. Then you can celebrate. Just make sure whatever it is that you want to do, stick with it, do whatever you need to do to make sure that you can achieve your goals.

I know that we are not able to walk down the halls of the school for the last time as we should, but we still did it, and I am glad that we could all do it together, I wouldn’t have it any other way.