PA grads shine

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Monday night was one of tears as students let go of their past and the last four years, but also one of excitement for what lies ahead.

It was Pictou Academy’s graduation, with an added element of being the school’s 200th graduating class.

The deCoste Centre was filled with emotions as parents watched their children take their first step into the next chapter of their lives.

Casey Doucet walked away with the Governor General Medal as well as the Tupper Gold Medal. She was also the recipient of one of the Chester and Barb Roach Memorial Scholarships, a $2,000 renewable scholarship for up to three years, as well as the Ethel A. Harris Scholarship and the Maude Sutherland Bursary.

Doucet also received the David George Johnson Memorial Award, Patterson Bursary, Robert and Catherine Ross Memorial Bursary, W.T. Ferguson Bursary, MacKenzie Bursary, C.B. Robinson Prize, Fisher Bursary, Heighton Memorial Bursary, The Stephen Russell Memorial Prize and the Clarence Wong Memorial Bursary. She was also the recipient of the Edna Sproull Williams Awards for highest standing girl in English 12, second highest in Physics 12 and second highest in Calculus Math 12.

Doucet received community organization prizes including   Pictou Garden Club Prize, RBC Foundation Bursary as well as a bursary form the Nova  Scotia Teachers Union for $500. She was also awarded a bursary from the Nova Scotia Freemasons New Caledonia Lodge for $1,000, an entrance scholarship from Saint Mary’s University for $3,500 and a renewable President’s Scholarship from Mount Allison University with a total value of $20,000.

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Amelia English received the Queen Elizabeth II Medal and  Ian Wisener Memorial Trophy (Athletics, Leadership and Scholarship).  She was also the recipient of one of the $10,000 Scammell Bursaries, the McLure Bursary, W.T. Ferguson Bursary, Crerar MacDonald Bursary, Dr. Mary MacKenzie Smith Scholarship and the Robert Kennedy Memorial Bursary.

English was also awarded the Edna Sproull Williams Awards for highest in Physics 12, highest Calculus 12, second highest in Biology 12 and second highest in PreCalculus Math 12.

She received the Nova Scotia Teachers Union Bursary, Sutherland-Harris Memorial Hospital Foundation Health and Wellness Scholarship, No More Westrays Bursary, Murphy-Ryan Bursary, Pictou County Heart & Stroke Foundation Bursary, CUPW Local 087, IWK Future Health Research and Innovation Scholarship, IWK Wessex Award presented annually to a student from Atlantic Canada to commemorate the visit by his Royal Highness Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex to the IWK Health Centre  valued at $ 5,000 and The New Glasgow Kinette Bursary.

English also received the Nova Scotia School Athletic Association Ron O’Flaherty Scholar – Athlete Award valued at $750, the Herff Jones Believe in You Scholarship Award valued at $2,000, the St. F.X. Canadian Scholarship, and a renewable scholarship from St. F.X. University totalling $24,000.

Other major award winners included Aran MacDonald who received the Scammell $10,000 bursary, the Edna Sproull Williams Award for second highest in Math 12, Shiretown Dental Bursary, Grant Thornton Accountants Prize, Pictou Lions Club Award, Caribou Women’s Institute Award, Sutherland Harris Memorial Hospital Foundation Health and Wellness Scholarship, Gladys and Clarence Porter Memorial Bursary, Eastern Star Lodge Bursary as well as a renewable scholarship from St. F.X. University totalling $7,000 and a renewable scholarship from Cape Breton University totalling $8,000.

Alex Canam received a $2,500 Scammell Bursary, Shiretown Dental Bursary, Sobey Scholarship, Pictou West Liberal Association bursary and an entrance scholarship from Saint Mary’s University for $1,000.

Paytan Ruiz received the $2,500 Scammell Bursary as well as the Miss Mary MacKay bursary, Grohmann, Sachs and Babinec Family Bursary as well as a bursary from the Nova Scotia Freemasons New Caledonia Lodge for $1,000 and an entrance scholarship from St. F.X. University for $5,000.

Keil MacDonald received a $1,300 MacDonald Bursary, Gordon Bursary, Fisher Bursary, Edna Sproull Williams Awards for highest in Math 12 and the United Church Pictou Jean Dickson Bursary for $850.

Shae-Lyn Redmond was the recipient of the $1,300 MacDonald Bursary, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 16 Scholarship, Princess Rebekah Lodge #4 Award, Sutherland-Harris Memorial Hospital Foundation Health and Wellness Scholarship, School Administrators Association Award, Northern Pulp Bursary and an entrance scholarship to Saint Mary’s University for $500.

Anna LeBlanc received the Chester and Barb Roach Memorial Scholarship for $2,000 renewable for up to  three years, Purves Loagie Bursary, Edna Sproull Williams Award for second highest in PreCalculus Math 12, second highest in Physics 12, The Fraser and Hoyt Good Citizenship Award, West Pictou Progressive Conservative Award, Sutherland-Harris Memorial Hospital Foundation Health and Wellness Scholarship, Bergengren Credit Union Bursary, Michelin Bursary valued at $2,000 awarded to exceptional children of Michelin employees, John Markie Memorial You Scholarship, E.M. MacDonald Award and the St. F.X. Merit Scholarship, renewable from St. F.X. University totalling $12,000.

Brae Greencorn won the Chester and Barb Roach Memorial Scholarship for $2,000 renewable for up to three years, The Rotary Club of Pictou Award, Monarchist League of Canada-Northumberland Branch Award, Pictou Lions Club Award, Sutherland-Harris Memorial Hospital Foundation Health and Wellness Scholarship, United Commercial Travellers Pictonian Council #879 Bursary and a renewable scholarship from St.F.X. University totalling $7,000, a renewable scholarship from Cape Breton University totalling $8,000 and the MacDonald Residence Award from Cape Breton University for $4,000.

Josh Young received the Donald Blenkhorne Bursary, William H. Harris Bursary, Rev. A.A. Smith Scholarship, Edna Sproull Williams Award for highest standing boy in HGS 12, MacIntosh, MacDonnell and MacDonald Scholarship and the United Church of Pictou’s Jean Dickson Bursary for $850.

Bailey Prosper won the Kevin Gillis Memorial Award while Sydney MacCarthy received the Frank I. Huelin Scholarship, Mary Osmond Memorial Bursary and the Edna Sproull Williams Award for highest in GGS 12 and second highest in French 12.

Andra Kennedy won the Claude J.W. Kedy Award, Roslyn MacDonald Scholarship, Edna Sproull Williams Award for second highest in French 12, second highest in Law 12, the St. Thomas University Gala Award valued at $1,500, as well as the St. Thomas University renewable scholarship award for $5,000 and the renewable residence bursary from St. Thomas totalling $7,000.

Cadi Hardy received the “Be the Tree” Award while Hailey Reiber received the Edna Sproull Williams Award for highest in GGS 12 and Sami MacKenzie won the Edna Sproull Williams Award for highest in Law 12, Pictou Centre PC Women’s Association Prize and the Wyatt MacPhail Memorial Bursary as well as  an entrance scholarship to Acadia University worth $7,500.

Nikki Gaudet received the Pictou Academy Alumni Staff Bursary and Lauren Pretty the Grohmann Knives Ltd. Award, while Rachelle Bate received the Ronald Sutherland Memorial Bursary and Melissa MacPhail the 2016 Grad Class Award and Dianna Lougheed received a bursary from MacLeod-Lorway Insurance for $200.


Top photo:Four students received the Scammell bursaries during Pictou Academy’s 2016 graduation. From left: Alex Canam$2,500 recipient, Aran MacDonald $10,000 recipient, Helen Scammell, Amelia English $10,000 bursary and Paytan Ruiz $2,500 bursary. Inset:Valedictorian Anna LeBlanc stands with principal Blair MacDonald; Casey Doucet, Tupper Gold Medal and Governor General Medal winner; Brae Greencorn, Chester and Barb Roach Memorial Scholarship, valued at $2,000 renewable for three years winner; Scott Landry, guest speaker; Amelia English, the Queen Elizabeth II Medal and the Ian Wisener Memorial Trophy winner; and Pictou Mayor Joe Hawes at the Pictou Academy graduation at the deCoste Centre Monday night.

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