Graduation Exercises for Graduates of the Class of 1998 were
held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 26 in the Minnedosa Collegiate
was delivered by Grant Burr who brought
back many memories for the graduates over their thirteen years of
The graduating class
honored Kimberly Taylor by naming her 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 Burr, Amanda Winder and Zak Zarry. The
graduation address was delivered by Mr. Stone.
banquet was held
at the Minnedosa Community Hall. The incoming student council
president Michael McNabb M.C.ed the event and Mr. Lawson toasted
the grads. One of the features of the evening was a "Big
Screen" video production of memories by the Class of '98.
Carrie Bayes- daughter
of George and Dianne
Bayes, Carrie plans to enter the work force and then travel to
Lyle Best- son of Gloria
Hutton and Chris Best,
Chris plans to attend Keewatin Community College for Chemical
Engineering. Lyle received the Minnedosa Foundation Award,
S.T.E.M.S. Top Student (of over four years).
Allan Betteridge - son
of Carl and Donna
Betteridge, Allan plans to enter the work force.
daughter of Gerald and Karly Boyd, Marla plans to attend Brandon
University to study Science. Marla received the Elks Lodge
Bursary, Manitoba Alive Award, 4-H Council Award, a Gold
Medallion, and served on the Credit Union Youth Board.
Grant Burr (Valedictorian)-
son of Dave
and Lois Burr, Grant plans to attend the University of Winnipeg
to obtain a Bachelor of Arts. Grant received the R.R.S.D. English
40S Award, Manitoba Teachers Society Award, Minnedosa Tribune
Award, Wall of Fame for School Service, and a Gold Medallion.
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Jay Burton- son of Rick
and Donna Burton, Jay
plans to attend Red River Community College to study Auto Body.
Jay received the Morris Industries Bursary.
son of Betty Calen, Jason plans to attend B.U. to obtain a
Bachelor of Science. Jason received the Minnedosa Health Aid
Award, the Manny Hoffman Memorial Award, and a Gold Medallion.
Ian Cowan- son of Don
and Susan Cowan, Ian plans
to enter the workforce.
Bryce Cram- son of Ken
and Val Cram, Bryce enter
the work force.
daughter of Miles and Carol
Dalrymple, Holly plans to attend the Northern Alberta Institute
of Technology towards photography. Holly received the Manitoba
Teacher's Society Award, a Gold Medallion, and served on the
Credit Union Youth Board.
Aaron Dennahardt- plans
to enter the work force.
Tracy Dobreen- daughter
of Len and Gail Dobreen,
Tracy plans to enter the work force.
daughter of Jim and Donna Dowsett, Lee-Anne plans to attend the
B.U. School of Music. Lee-Anne received the Lois M. Franks Award,
the Preceptor Zeta Bursary, and the U. of M. Entrance
daughter of Rick and Carol
Everett, Charlene plans to attend B.U. to study education.
Charlene received the Kinsmen Memorial Award, the R.R.S.D. Co-Op
Ed Award, and a Bronze Medallion for School Service.
Shelley French- daughter
of John Amyotte,
Shelley plans to enter the work force.
Kenneth Gordon- son of
Doug and Evelyn Gordon,
Ken plans to enter the work force.
daughter of Lawrence and Nancy Gwyer, Lori plans to attend B.U.
Lori received the Minnedosa Co-Op Bursary, 4-H Council Award, and
a Gold Medallion.
son of Bob and Cathie Gwyer, Peter plans to study Business
Administration in Kelowna, B.C. Peter received the United
Commercial Travellers Award and a Silver Medallion.
Stacey Hislop- daughter
of Richard and Lorna
Hislop, Stacey plans to attend M.C.I. for another year and later
Brett Hoglund- son of
Ken and Susan Hoglund,
Brett plans to enter the work force, then attend college.
daughter of Jim and Dana
Instance, Jacqui plans work in Winnipeg, then study Marine
Ryan LeBoutellier- son
of Dave and Linda
LeBoutellier, Ryan plans to play hockey or attend Assiniboine
Community College (A.C.C.).
Stephen Macey- son of
Bert and Joan Woychyshyn,
Stephen plans to enter the work force.
Scott Marcino- son of
Gail Marcino, Scott plans
to enter the work force.
Beverly Mauws- daughter
of Murray and Diane
Mauws, Bev plans to enter the work force, then attend university.
Bev received a Bronze Medallion for School Service and served on
the Credit Union Youth Board.
Chad McFarlane- son of
Bryan and Joyce
McFarlane, Chad plans to enter the work force.
Jason McFarlane- son of
Bryan and Joyce
McFarlane, Jason plans to farm.
son of Barrett and Susan Nelson, Derk plans to attend R.R.C.C. to
son of Eric and Evelyn Neufeld, Steven plans to attend K.C.C. for
Chemical Engineering Analysis. Steven received the Lois M. Franks
Award, was placed on the Honor
Ashley Noordenbos- son
of Ernie and Marilyn
Noordenbos, Ashley plans to enter the work force.
Kerri Nylen- daughter of
Glen and Dianne Nylen,
Kerri plans to attend A.C.C. to study Early Childhood Education.
Kerri received the Kinette Award, the R.R.S.D. Co-Op Ed. Award,
and a Gold Medallion.
Meigan Oakley- daughter
of James Oakley and Iris
Karton, Meigan plans to study Art.
daughter of Bill and
Glennis Philipation, Michelle plans to attend B.U. to study
Psychiatric Nursing. Michelle received the Beta Sigma Phi
Bursary, and a Bronze Medallion.
Colin Pollon- son of
Larry and Marlene Pollon,
Colin plans to enter the work force.
daughter of Rick and Sheryl Saler, Melissa plans to attend B.U.
to study Education. Melissa received the Masonic Award, a Gold
Medallion and served on the Credit Union Youth Board.
Shackleford- daughter of Bruce and
Alanna plans to attend A.C.C. to study Early Childhood Education.
Alanna received the Minnedosa Collegiate Teacher's Award and the
R.R.S.D. Cooperative Education Award.
Gary Stevenson- son of
Jim and Sharon Stevenson,
Gary plans to enter the work force.
of the Year)- daughter of Frank
and Carol Taylor,
Kimberly plans to attend McMaster University to study Health
Sciences. Kim received the Robyn Walterson Memorial Award, the
Video Yearbook Award, Credit Union Youth Board Award, the Hogg
Centennial Scholarship, a Gold Medallion, is on the Honor Roll and served
Credit Union Youth Board.
Guy Turchinski- son of
Craig and Sandra
Turchinski, Guy plans to enter the work force.
daughter of Catherine Gijsbers and Win van Meijl, Kim plans to
attend B.U. to study languages and later attend law school. Kim
received the Minnedosa Credit Union Award, 4-H Council Award, the Hal Rogers Endowment Bursary
Medallion and served on the Credit Union Youth Board.
Bernard Warwaruk- son of
Julian and Jean
Warwaruk, Bernard plans to enter the work force.
daughter of Paul and Marion
Warwaruk, Julie plans to enter the work force.
(Governor General's Award Winner)- son of Bill and
Wesley, Jared plans to attend the University of Alberta in
Edmonton to study law. Jared also received the William Angus
Grant Memorial Award, Minnedosa Lions Club Award, University of
Alberta Scholarships, Westman Sport Association, Manitoba Hockey
Foundation Awards, Canadian
Association of Principals Award, C.A.P. Student Leadership
Award, R.R.S.D. English 40S Award, Robyn Walterson Memorial, the
Video Yearbook Award, Honor
Highest Overall Average, and a Gold Medallion..
daughter of Henry and Phylis Winder, Amanda plans to attend the
U. of M. to study Psychology. Amanda received the Kinsmen
Memorial Award, a Gold Medallion, was inducted into the Wall of
Fame for Athletics.
Derek Woychyshyn- son of
Bert and Joan
Woychyshyn, Derek plans to attend A.C.C. to study Cooking.
Zak Zarry- son of Len
and Linda Zarry, Zak plans
to attend the U. of M. to study Criminology. Zak received the
Charette Award of Excellence, Up and Away Balloons, was inducted
to the Wall of Fame for Athletics, a Gold Medallion and also
served on the Credit Union Youth Board.
shown in the photo below with Ms. Reid, was named Student of the
Year by the Class of 1998.
presented Honor Roll plaques to Graduates Jared Wesley, Kim
Taylor and Steven Neufeld for Academic Excellence. The three
students finished Senior Four with overall averages at 90% or
The Canadian Association of Principals recently announced that
Jared Wesley, son of Bill and Judy Wesley of Minnedosa, was
selected as one of the 21 national winners of the CAP Student
As a recipient of the award Wesley, a 1998 graduate of
Minnedosa Collegiate, will receive $500 payable to the university
or college of their choice upon registration and attendance. Both
the CAP and Premier School Agendas, the financial supporters of
the award are strong believers in the values of quality student
To be selected as scholarship winners, those chosen to receive
the award must demonstrate student leadership and participation
in various activities while maintaining a high academic standing.
Wesley, also the winner of the Governor General Award, plans
to attend the University of Alberta in the fall to study law.
Pictured below, Sharon Choy president of the local
presenting the $1,000 bursary from the Hal Rogers Endowment Fund
to Kim Van Meijl.
Recently Kim Van Meijl, a 1998 graduating student of Minnedosa
Collegiate, was awarded the $1,000 bursary from the Hal Rogers
Endowment Fund. Van Meijl was one of 32 recipients from across
Canada to win the award and the only Minnedosa winner ever
The fund was established in memory of the founder of Kinsmen
and Kinette Clubs of Canada. The fund has now been operating for
Supported by Kinsmen/Kinette Clubs across the country, the Hal
Rogers Endowment Fund will annually award bursaries to successful
Canadian applicants who are pursuing post-secondary education at
a recognized school of learning. Close to 300 applications to the
fund were received from students across the country this year.
Van Meijl plans to attend Brandon University this fall.
Successful applicants are chosen by a national board of
trustees and are based on the individual's community and school
involvement, knowledge of Kin association, and need for financial
support in order to pursue further education.
Kim Van Meijl and Jason Calen, both 1998 graduates of
Minnedosa Collegiate, were recently awarded the Brandon
University Board of Governors Entrance Scholarship in the amount
The award is based on academic excellence in grade 12 and the
students have to be entering their first year of study at Brandon
This fall Van Meijl will be attending Brandon University and
taking a variety of courses with the hopes of eventually entering
Law School. Calen will be enrolled in the science program and
eventually hopes to attend Medical School.
Jason Calen, 18 year old son of Betty Calen of Minnedosa, MB,
has been awarded the George Burns Scholarship of $15,000, awarded
to a pre-med student (3 years).
Jared Wesley, son of Bill & Judy Wesley, has been
a $10,000 Dean's Citation in Arts, one of the University of
Albert's top scholarship. This award is one of many prestigious
scholarships in the U of A's Scholastic Distinction Program,
aimed at outstanding students entering or transferring to their
first undergraduate U of A degree with a minimum average of 95
Senior administrators of high schools and post-secondary
institutions across Canada nominate students with distinguished
academic and personal achievements. The top 10 applicants from
this prominent group are offered a President's Citation, an award
of $25,000 over four years and 17 are presented with a
Chancellor's Citation, valued at $15,000 over four years. In
addition, some faculties choose remarkable students for their
Dean's Citation, $10,000 over four years or $7,500 over three
Pictured above are Charlotte Crawley, Ryan
Peter Gwyer, Jacquie Sykes, Stacy Hislop, Patrick Doerksen, Holly
Dalrymple, Garret Gilchrist, Lori Gwyer, Brad Cook, Colin Pollon,
Jay Burton, Aimee Illchuk, Kim Taylor, Bev Mauws, Kerri Nylen,
Ryan Gugin, Amanda Winder, Steven Neufeld, Marla Boyd, Kent
Dillabough and Trent Andrews, some of MCI's 46 graduates and,
their spiffily dressed dates. Although slightly crowded, all of
the Prom-goers were ready to take on the world in their unusual
mode of transportation, a horse drawn wagon, driven by Scott
The Minnedosa Collegiate Graduating Class of 1998 were all
dressed up with a very important place to go last Thursday
evening - Prom.
Good spirits were in abundance that evening despite the fact
that the biggest moment of their young lives thus far was about
to take place - Graduation - which was held the next day.
Springer's Final Thought:
I think this
message should come from the lips of the oh-so-wise Forrest Gump:
"Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what
you're gonna get." Also, dreams are like that box of
chocolates; you have to try more than one to find the really good
ones!- Lyle Dowsett, Valedictorian for the Class of '95. As with
all the grads who walk out of here, not just mine, I wish you all
the best of luck in everything you do and remember that you never
fail at something unless you stop trying altogether. Graduation
is a happy time, while it is also a sad time. You may be happy to
be walking out those big doors for the last time, or you may be
wanting to come back in when your girlfriend kicks you out for
leaving the toilet seat up or not doing important things for her
like buying her flowers or saying I love you or even getting
fired from that high-paying job at Sassy's or something. I also
personally think a Web page is a good way of showing off your
class because it leaves a bigger mark for you instead of telling
Brook to get out of the bathroom (I think?) or taking a MONDAY
off to party somewhere. Rob McNabb says something like this
really brings back memories (although the Reflector never
produced any this year!!) and makes the Class look good. While I
may not be a member of this particular class, I do think that
this is a Grad present that will live on forever (or until the
server's computer crashes.) Finally, I would like to thank
everyone for accepting me and for all the wild parties. Kimmy,
you've been great; good luck in Hamilton next year and with every
other year to come. Bevvy, thanks again for being my date at my
grad. Thanks to all the people on SEVEC for a great time and to
Mr. Kiazyk as well. If it weren't for you, I wouldn't be as good
in French and I also would NEVER have found a site to download Internet Explorer
the fastest browser for a measly 486 computer (although now I am
running a Pentium II 350 MHz computer. Woohoo!!). Thanks to the
guys and gals for all the high-fives, hard or soft, and even to
my class who may be reading this for all the e-mails and chain
letters. Congratulations to you too; it's been a year!! I can see
this is getting long, so "until next time, take care of
yourself -- and each other."
Also, a quote that was published in the just released yearbook
by the guest speaker, Mr. Stone:
"The direction that a star travels is not the
question - that it travels at all is the mystery - that it even
exists is the wonder. May your star travel to wherever you want
to go and may the mystery and the wonder of how you travel never
leave you. For it is the journey not the end which will bring you
your greatest happiness and your greatest rewards."
Tomorrow on Springer, young adults who watch WAAAAAAAAY too
Class of '97
Update: a full-length Real Audio version of "Time of Your
Life" by Green day!! This requires RealPlayer and possibly a
Pentium processor. I discovered this only shortly after upgrading
our old 486 computer, so... Try it anyway. Click here to download the song
or here to listen
to it. To download,
you can either click on the link and once it finishes
downloading, go to Temporary Internet Files in the Windows
directory and copy/cut it from there and paste it somewhere else.
Alternatively, right-click on the link and choose Save Link
As… Also, due to a few requests (you're welcome, Char), I
now have "I Will Remember You" by Sarah McLachlan,
which you can listen to
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