We would like to dedicate this page to the memory of Ian McRae Harland (1978-1999). He would have been 21 on Feb. 24.

M.C.I. Grad `97

(courtesy of Minnedosa Tribune)

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 Council.

The Valedictory Address was 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 graduation address.

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 Recognition Award.

(courtesy of Tribune and Reflector)

Grad Class of '97

Attention! Be on the lookout for these suspects as they are armed and dangerous:

Jeff Bartkewitch, a.k.a. Sandwich- son of Ernest and Mary Bartkewitch, Jeff plans to take a year off. His pet peeve is not having enough power.

Kelly Breithaupt- 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.

Blair Bruce, a.k.a. "Crumb"- a graduate of the mature student program, Blair plans to attend Red River Community College for landscaping.

Craig Brunel, a.k.a. Bruno- 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.

Elizabeth Burton, a.k.a. Liz- daughter of Blaine and Jean Burton, Elizabeth plans to enter the work force. Her memory is falling on the first day of reading buddies.

Kyla Burton, a.k.a. Blockers- 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 Medallion.

Rebecca Burton, a.k.a. Sweets, 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 Medallion.

Roberta Currah, a.k.a. Bert- 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.

Brad Currie (Valedictorian), 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 Service/Athletics medallion.

Kent Dillabough, a.k.a. Big 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.

Mindy Dobreen, a.k.a. Sexy- daughter of Leonard and Gail Dobreen, Mindy plans to enter the work force. Her memories are the subway runs. Mindy served on the 4-H Council.

Lisa Doe, a.k.a. Chuckles- daughter of Stephen and Dayce Doe, Lisa plans to enter the work force.

Lori Farough, a.k.a. Ferret, 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.

Cameron Farr, 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.

Charity Fisher, a.k.a. Fisher- 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.

Jennifer Graham- 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 Service/Athletics medallion.

Garret Gilchrist, 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.

Michael Greer, a.k.a. Greer- son of Jim and Nancy Greer, Mike plans to attend B.U. Mike received the Manny Hoffman Memorial Award and a Bronze Athletics Medallion.

Carrie Gugin, a.k.a. Google, 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 Academics Medallion.

Ian Harland- 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.

Katrina Harland, a.k.a. Kitty- 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.

Bill Heuchert- son of Ron and Pat Heuchert, Bill plans to attend A.C.C. He hates noisy people and can be found at Mohawk.

Richelle Hislop, a.k.a. Shell- 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.

Darryl Holyk, 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.

Jeff Horner, 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.

Ryan Hrysak, a.k.a. Showtime- 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.

Janna Jacobson- 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 Medallion.

Tyler Johnson, a.k.a. Johan, 18 Wheels- son of Ingvar and Karen Johnson, Tyler plans to work at the Co-op. His memory is praying to the porcelain gods.

Curtis Jury- 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 Service Medallion.

Shane Kerschtien, a.k.a. 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 Service/Academics.

Chad Lagimodière, a.k.a. Lag- son of Blaine and Celeste Lagimodière, Chad plans to go to Red River Community College. His memory is his 18th. birthday.

Brent Little, a.k.a. Elvis, 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 Medallion.

Jack Low, a.k.a. Jacket- son of John and Cheryl Low, Jack plans to enter the workforce and attend post-secondary school. He hates slow drivers.

Jennifer Miller- 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.

Robert McNabb (Governor General's Award Winner), a.k.a. Nabber, Joe Cool, Twig, Prez (Student 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.

Shaun Oakley, a.k.a. Ogre- son of Jim Oakley and Iris Karton, Shaun pans to enter the work force. His memory is his 18th. birthday.

Mark Oman, 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.

Danika Proven, a.k.a. Dan- 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 Gold Medallion.

Morgan Proven- 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.

Kristen Reid, a.k.a. K.R., 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.

Leslie Reid, a.k.a. Snipes- 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.

Jason Ritchie, a.k.a. Ritch- graduate from the mature student Program, Jason plans to enter the work force. His memory is graduation.

James Scale, 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 girls.

Cheryl Schmaus, a.k.a. Mouse- 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 Service Medallion.

Trent Skatch, a.k.a. Snatch, Skater- son of Brian and Pat Skatch, Trent plans to go out west. His memory is the Hip concert. Trent received a Silver Service/Athletics Medallion.

Grant Spraggs, a.k.a. RAGU- 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 Medallion.

Heather Stoddart- 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.

Tracy Strahl, a.k.a. Loonie Hour- graduate of the mature student program, Tracy plans to go out west. She hates stinky feet.

Jeff Taylor- 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 Medallion.

Trent Tingey, a.k.a. Acidman- son of Wayne Tingey and Marie Ann Saler, Trent plans to enter the work force.

Christina Tuttle, a.k.a. 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.

Kim Usick, a.k.a. Joe- daughter of Randy and Gwen Usick, Kim plans to go out west. Her memory is the Hip concert. Kim received a Bronze Service Medallion.

Alicia Walker, 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.

Heather Wark- 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.

Jason Wark, a.k.a. Dork- son of Keith and Judy Wark, Jason plans to enter the work force. His memory is the back of Jay Burton's truck.

Aleisha Whitley- daughter of Neil and Marlene Whitley, Aleisha plans to enter the work force.


Award Pictures

Robert 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%):

Garrett Gilchrist and Shane Kerschtien, winners of the Robyn Walterson Memorial Award:

Janna Jacobson, winner of the Charette Community Award for Excellence in Community Service, M'dsa Credit Union Award, Kinsmen Memorial Award and Wall of Fame Certificate:

Roberta 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:


Graduation/Prom Pictures


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 Farr, who 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 Gretzky, 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.

Party on!

Cameo

Grad '97 Official "Jukebox"

Grad Song/Grand March "Clumsy" by Our Lady Peace download (right-click and choose "Save As..))
Dance with the Parents "Let It Be" by the Beatles download (right-click and choose "Save As..))
Dance with the Dates "Long Time Running" by the Tragically Hip download (right-click and choose "Save As..)

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 cam@superstarmusicservices.ca.

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