(courtesy of Minnedosa
M.C.I. gymnasium was packed
with over 450 parents, relatives
and friends attending the graduation exercises June 24 of the
Class of 1997. Fifty-five graduates proudly accepted diplomas
from Principal George Jersak. Greetings were presented by Loreen
Jackson on behalf of the Rolling River School Division and Bonnie
Proven representing the Minnedosa Collegiate Parent Advisory
The Valedictory Address
delivered by Brad Currie who brought back many memories for the
graduates over their thirteen years of schooling.
The graduating class of 1997
honored Robert McNabb by naming
him Student of the Year. In addition to the certificates
presented at grad this year, recognition certificates were given
to grads elected by the student body to the Wall of Fame; Grant
Spraggs, Jennifer Graham, Robert McNabb, Roberta Currah and Janna
Jacobson. Ms. Reid and Mrs. Tanis Barrett delivered the
The graduation banquet was held
at the Minnedosa Community
Hall. The incoming student council president Jared Wesley M.C.ed
the event and Mr. Stone and Mrs. Taylor toasted the grads (where
was that on the Video Yearbook?!!). One of the features of the
evening was a "Big Screen" video production of memories
by the Class of '97 produced by Grant Spraggs.
Guests of Honor for the Class
of 1997 were Irene Mansbridge
and Terry Osiowy. Robert McNabb and Jeff Horner recounted many
memories and incidents related to Irene's 23 years at MCI. Also,
Tanis Barrett and the Heritage Co-op received the Community
(courtesy of Tribune and
Attention! Be on the lookout for these
as they are armed and dangerous:
Sandwich- son of Ernest and
Mary Bartkewitch, Jeff plans
to take a year off. His pet peeve is not having enough power.
daughter of Rick and Renée
Breithaupt, Kelly plans to attend Brandon University. She likes participating in volleyball and
baseball. Kelly received the Kinette Award, Rolling River S.D.
Co-op-Ed Award, and a Bronze Service Medallion.
"Crumb"- a graduate of the
program, Blair plans to attend Red River Community College for
son of Maurice and Betty Brunel, Craig plans to play hockey in
P.A. His memory of the past 13 years is working on the ranch.
daughter of Blaine and Jean Burton, Elizabeth plans to enter the
work force. Her memory is falling on the first day of reading
daughter of Rick and Donna Burton, Kyla plans to attend
Assiniboine Community College for Business Administration. She
can be found at Terry's Place, Coach's (Mr. Allen's) office,
Brandon (anywhere but school). Kyla received a Bronze Service
Becca- daughter of Blaine
and Jean Burton, Rebecca plans
to enter the work force. Her memories are the subway runs to
Brandon early in the morning. Rebecca received a Bronze Service
daughter of Robert and Cathy
Currah, Roberta plans to attend the University of Manitoba. Her
memory is the Quebec exchange to Baie Comeau. Roberta received
the M.T.S. Service Award, the Hogg Centennial Scholarship, served
on the M'dsa Credit Union Youth Board, was an Honor Student, and
a Silver Service/Academics medal.
a.k.a. Tire Tube- son of
Ray and Heather Currie, Brad
plans to attend the U. of M. Brad received the Minnedosa
Foundation Award, the Yearbook Award and a Silver
Country- son of Wayne and
Donna Dillabough, Kent plans
to enter the work force. His memory is the Brocket Rockets. Kent
received a Bronze Athletics Medallion.
daughter of Leonard and Gail Dobreen, Mindy plans to enter the
work force. Her memories are the subway runs. Mindy served on the
daughter of Stephen and Dayce Doe, Lisa plans to enter the work
Squirt- daughter of Mervin
and Millie Farough, Lori
plans to enter the work force for a year before attending
University. Lori received the Minnedosa Health Aid Award.
a.k.a. Cameo, Camaro, Camburger-
son of Don and Debbie Farr, Cameron plans to work at Tanners and
M.C.I. for a year before heading off to post-secondary school.
His memory is all the Lip Syncs with all the girls as well as the
guys (maybe the Stampeders of the future?). Cameron received the
Up & Away Balloons Award, a Bronze Service Medallion and
served on the Minnedosa Credit Union Youth Board.
daughter of Terry and Chris Fisher, Charity plans to enter the
work force. Her pet peeve is snotty people. Charity received the
Rolling River S.D. Co-op-Ed Award and was the STEMS Top Student
of the Year.
daughter of Bob and
Carolyn Graham, Jennifer plans to work for a year and then attend
A.C.C. She participates in all sports and her memory is the day
of her 18th birthday. Jennifer received a Silver
a.k.a. Goat, Guitarist-
son of Lyle and
Julie Gilchrist, Garret plans to attend B.U. His memory is the
Metallica concert in Winnipeg. Garrett received the Robyn
Walterson Memorial (picture),
served on the Minnedosa Credit Union Youth Board and 4-H Council
and also received a Bronze Service Medallion.
son of Jim and Nancy Greer, Mike plans to attend B.U. Mike
received the Manny Hoffman Memorial Award and a Bronze Athletics
Googly- daughter of Craig
and Gerry Gugin, Carrie plans
to work and then attend university. Her memories are the weekends
at Schmaus' when her parents were away. Carrie received a Bronze
son of Keith and Esther
Harland, Ian planned to attend A.C.C. for Heavy Duty Equipment.
He hated having to take his hat off and his memory was the
Shoving Greer Night (poor Mikey!). We'll miss you, man.
daughter of Keith and Esther Harland, Katrina plans to attend
college. Her memory is the party hopping night. Katrina received
the Lois M. Franks Memorial Award.
son of Ron and Pat
Heuchert, Bill plans to attend A.C.C. He hates noisy people and
can be found at Mohawk.
daughter of Richard and Lorna Hislop, Richelle plans to enter the
work force. Her memory is, like everyone else's, Grad '97.
Richelle received the Westman Dedication to Sport Award, and a
Bronze Service Medallion.
a.k.a. Reba, Big
D.- son of Jack and Esther
Holyk, Darryl plans to enter
the music industry. His memory is all the crazy people laughs.
a.k.a. Jack, Horndog-
son of Bob and Lois
Horner, Jeff plans to attend the University of Missouri while
playing hockey out west. His memory is Baie Comeau. Jeff received
the MCI Proficiency Award and served on the Minnedosa Credit
Union Youth Board.
son of Delmar and Karen Hrysak, Ryan plans to return to M.C.I. to
upgrade his education and then go to Toronto and attend acting
school. His memory is winning nothing in sports.
daughter of Calvin and
Chris Jacobson, Janna plans to attend B.U. towards medical
rehabilitation. Her memories are winning soccer provincials and
going to Baie Comeau. Janna received the Charette Award for
Excellence in Community Service (picture),
the M'dsa Credit Union Award, served on the Minnedosa Credit
Union Youth Board, the Kinsmen Memorial, and received a Gold
18 Wheels- son of Ingvar
and Karen Johnson, Tyler plans
to work at the Co-op. His memory is praying to the porcelain
son of Bill and Colleen
Jury, Curtis plans to attend B.U. He can be found at McDonald's
and his memory is Encounters with Canada. Curtis received the
Preceptor Zeta Bursary, Special Legion Award, and a Bronze
Shaner, Monkey- son of
Richard and Leslie Kerschtien,
Shane plans to attend Victoria University. His memory is his
Volkswagen. Shane received the Robyn Walterson Memorial (picture)
and a Silver
son of Blaine and Celeste Lagimodière, Chad plans to go to
River Community College. His memory is his 18th. birthday.
King- son of Brian and
Janice Little, Brent plans to
attend A.C.C. His memory is being the soccer champions. Brent
received the Morris Industries Bursary and a Bronze Athletics
son of John and Cheryl Low, Jack plans to enter the workforce and
attend post-secondary school. He hates slow drivers.
daughter of Jerry
Miller, Jennifer plans to enter the work force. She hates people
who eat loud and her memory is going to Brandon at 2:30 a.m. for
McDonald's or subs.
General's Award Winner),
a.k.a. Nabber, Joe Cool, Twig, Prez
of the Year) - son of Robert and Elaine McNabb, Robert plans to
attend Wilfred Laurier University for Business Administration.
His memory is the Brad Currie/T.O. incident. Robert received the
R.R.S.D. English 40S Award, the Kinsmen Memorial, the Charles
Gray Chown Scholarship, Assoc. of Principals (picture),
served on the Minnedosa
Credit Union Youth Board and 4-H Council, is an Honor Student and
received a Gold Medallion.
son of Jim Oakley and Iris Karton, Shaun pans to enter the work
force. His memory is his 18th. birthday.
a.k.a. Oamie, Marky-Mark-
son of Rick and Bonnie Oman, Mark plans to attend A.C.C. His
memory is the speed trap on Highway #262 north. Mark received a
Bronze Service Medallion.
daughter of Dave and Bonnie
Proven, Danika plans to go out west after spending a year
drumming with her dad and the band. Her memory is volleyball
provincials with Kelly B. Danika received the Masonic Award and a
son of Keith and Susan Proven, Morgan plans to attend the U of M.
He hates being stared at. His memory is the Metallica concert.
Morgan received the M'dsa Co-op Bursary and a Gold Medallion.
H.B.- daughter of Darrell
and Barb Reid, Kristen plans
to work out west and later attend Concordia University. Her
memory is running over the man in the medichair. Kristen received
the R.R.S.D. English 40S, the William Angus Grant Memorial Award,
the Minnedosa Lions Club Award, and a Bronze Service Medallion.
daughter of Clayton and Glenda Reid, Leslie plans to enter the
work force. Her memory is smashing the Cavalier. Leslie received
a Bronze Service Medallion.
graduate from the mature student Program, Jason plans to enter
the work force. His memory is graduation.
a.k.a. James from
Wales- son of Richard and
Nichola Scale, James plans to
attend B.U. His memories are girls. girls, all those lovely
daughter of Bob and Christine Schmaus, Cheryl plans to enter the
work force. Her memory is piling in a van to go to Brandon at 4
a.m. Cheryl served on the 4-H Council and also received a Bronze
Skater- son of Brian and
Pat Skatch, Trent plans to go
out west. His memory is the Hip concert. Trent received a Silver
son of Larry Spraggs, Grant plans to attend A.C.C. for Media
Production. His memory is winning soccer provincials. Grant
received the Video Yearbook Award and a Silver Service/Athletics
daughter of Terry
and Chris Stoddart, Heather plans to enter the work force. She
can be found out with friends and her memory is Baie Comeau.
Heather received a Bronze Service Medallion.
Hour- graduate of the
mature student program, Tracy
plans to go out west. She hates stinky feet.
son of Bob and Eleanor Taylor, Jeff plans to attend the U. of M.
He can be found at Mohawk and his memory is Baie Comeau. Jeff
received the Canadian Legion Auxiliary Award and a Bronze Service
son of Wayne Tingey and Marie Ann Saler, Trent plans to enter the
Chrissy- daughter of Robert
and Elsie Tuttle, Christina
plans to attend A.C.C. Her memories are working at Co-op and H's
birthday party. Chrissy received the United Commercial Travelers
Award, Westman Cable Award and a Bronze Service Medallion.
daughter of Randy and Gwen Usick, Kim plans to go out west. Her
memory is the Hip concert. Kim received a Bronze Service
a.k.a. Walker, Lish-
daughter of Dave and
Judy Walker, Alicia plans to attend Minot State University for
Speech Pathology. Her memory is the SEVEC exchange. Alicia
received the Elks Lodge Bursary, Beta Sigma Phi Lambda Bursary, a
Silver Service/Academics Medallion and served on the 4-H Council.
daughter of Leonard and
Cathy Wark, Heather plans to enter the work force. She hates her
brothers (in a pet peeve kinda way!!) and her memory is her
birthday. Heather received a Bronze Service Medallion.
son of Keith and Judy Wark, Jason plans to enter the work force.
His memory is the back of Jay Burton's truck.
daughter of Neil and
Marlene Whitley, Aleisha plans to enter the work force.
McNabb, Winner of the Governor
General's Medal, Canadian Assoc. of Principals, R.R.S.D. English
Award, Kinsmen Memorial, 4-H Council, Student of the Year, Wall
of Fame Certificate and Honor Student (Average over 90%):
Shane Kerschtien, winners of the Robyn Walterson Memorial Award:
Jacobson, winner of
the Charette Community Award for Excellence in Community Service,
M'dsa Credit Union Award, Kinsmen Memorial Award and Wall of Fame
Currah, winner of
the M.T.S. Service Award, Wall of Fame Certificate, Hogg
Centennial Scholarship, Honor Student (Average over 90%) and
Charles Gray Chown Scholarship:
The Grads of '97 would like to
send a special thank you to the
following people for their help to make Safe Grad '97 a success:
the parent volunteers, Burton family, Kinsmen, Ernest
Bartkewitch, Co-Op, Coca-Cola, Frank & Carol Taylor, Olsons,
Parks Board, Manitoba Hydro, Snowmobile Club, Old Dutch, Larry
& Marlene Pollon, and Gerald & Carly Boyd. For those of
you we have missed, we are sorry and we thank you also!!
This page was created by the
Supreme Webmaster (next to Shawn
Rose at the Tribune), Cameron
would like once again to wish all my fellow Grads the best of
luck in all that they do in the future.
Oh, and as an added bonus, I
made a page just for the Undergrad awards,
given out on June 26/97.
June 7/99- Curtis Jury, one of
our brightest Grads, has just
completed a two-day visit to his hometown, for an Up With People
performance. Below is a picture of Cast E:
Curtis is in the front row, the
very last on the right (in
case you didn't know already.;o)
I would like to give a final
message to my fellow grads:
Life is meant to be an
adventure; be it a first day in
surgery, trying to find a decent job, trying out for a major
sports team, auditioning for a part in a movie, preparing for a
big music gig, or going out with your college and/or former high
school buddies on a booze cruise while trying to avoid being
caught by police. Your life is what you make of it, so whatever
you do in life, make sure you try your best, and who knows? Maybe
one day Grant will own his own TV station, Ryan will be the next
Jim Carrey (or his illegitimate son?), Trent and Jennifer will be
the next Donovan Bailey and Debbie Brille (ask my parents), Craig
will be an N.H.L. superstar like Pavel Buré and Wayne
and Darryl and Reba may do a duet together. Once again, whatever
you do with your lives, always give it your best shots and your
chances of success will be excellent.
In case you forgot them, here are the Top
Ten Reasons Why I Have To Graduate In '97
(as seen on the
back of a few Grad shirts and especially mine.)
E-mail me with your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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