By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye BASHAW STAR
Students at Bashaw School were recognized for excellence for work during their 2016 school year.
A special awards ceremony was held Sept. 24 at the school’s gym with more than 56 awards handed out to 70 students, explained new principal Myranda Shepherd. The monetary value for those awards is more than $6,000.
For Shepherd the awards ceremony is enjoyable for two reasons.
Firstly, it gives students recognition for their hard work the previous school year. “It’s not simply academic pursuits but it’s also taking a look at citizenship and work ethic.”
The second piece for Shepherd is seeing such strong community support from parents and sponsors.
“It’s just another representation of just how important — in a small rural K to 12 school — a community is,” said Shepherd.
Seeing that involvement makes her feel hopeful.
“I’ve known coming into Bashaw that the community supports its school,” she said, adding that she is proud to see such strong commitment from students as well.
Past principal Craig Dimond was also recognized during the awards and was presented with a special art canvas showcasing the old and the new school.
Jackie Northey presented the artwork to Dimond. She praised his dedication to the school and community over the years.
“When you have someone who is an excellent teacher as well as an engaged leader and community member, the impact is even greater,” Northey told attendees.
She pointed out the school is a big part of the community, which has seen enhancement of key programs including the breakfast for learning and arts programs.
On top of that the completion of the school’s full size gymnasium would not be possible without strong support from the community and school leadership.
Northey added that the school will miss Dimond, who has taken on the role of assistant principal at École Camrose Composite High School. However, he remains in Bashaw as a resident.
Shepherd said she was thrilled to see Dimond recognized for his dedication to the school over the years.
Grade One – (Sponsored by Erin &Keith Elder) – Adilane Bleakley
Grade Two (Miss Noullett) – Chantal Murphy
Grade Three (Bashaw Meats &Sausage) – Jesse Elias
Gordon F. Carbert Golden Rule Award: Grades 1-3 (Sponsored by the Carbert Family) – Benjamin Morrison
Gordon F. Carbert Golden Rule Award: Grades 4-6 (Sponsored by the Carbert Family) – Tristan Schoff
Good Samaritan Award (Sponsored by Lloyd &Arlene Lidberg) – Mercedez Rasmussen
Dana Schneider Citizenship (Sponsored by Bashaw Farm &Building Supply &Schneider Family) – Karter Dawbin
Victim Services Extra Mile Award (Sponsored by Bashaw &District Victim Services Society) – Noah Ahenakew
Junior High Awards:
Athlete of Year (Sponsored by Junior High Students Union)
Male – Mark Carlson &Addison Vallet
Female – Catharina Brosinsky
Junior High Holt Memorial Track &Field Award (Sponsored by Ted Holt Family) – Catharina Brosinsky
OORP Service Award (Sponsored by Bashaw Order of the Royal Purple) – Jasmin Jones
Diligence Award (Sponsored by Camrose Royal Bank) – Connor Dancy
Junior Recreation Leadership Award (Sponsored by Bashaw Area Recreation Board) – Brynne Dawbin
Victim Service’s Extra Mile Award (Sponsored by Bashaw &District Victim Services Society) – Riley Teichroeb
Senior High School Awards
Heritage Vending Achievement Award (Anonymous Sponsor)
Grade 10 – Emily Kohlman
Grade 11 – Jaycee Dawbin
Grade Twelve – Austin Dubitz, Ryleigh Elder, Jillian Heck, Jon Kohlman, Will McDonald, Karlee Pearson, Luke Poffenroth, Kristen Stevenson
Governor General Award (Sponsored by Government of Alberta) – Karlee Pearson
Bashaw Esso Citizenship Award (Sponsored by Bashaw Esso) – Justine Resler
Government of Alberta Citizenship Award (Sponsored by the Government of Alberta) – Kristen Stevenson
High School Service Award (Sponsored by Servus Credit Union &Vince &Karin Schneider)–
Math 30-1 – Karlee Pearson
Chemistry 30 – Jaycee Dawbin
Robert Miller Memorial Award for Literacy (Sponsored by Dr. R.E. Miller) – Karlee Pearson
Biology 30 Award (Sponsored by CQ Energy) – Karlee Pearson
Western Communities Foundation Exceptional Citation (Sponsored by Western Financial) – Shawna Schneider
Elks Senior High Service Award (Sponsored by Bashaw Elks) – Jaycee Dawbin
High School Diligence (Sponsored by CQ Energy – Vince Schneider) – Justine Resler
Social Studies 30 Award (Sponsored by Fred &Pat’s Cuppa Sweets) – Karlee Pearson
Senior High Athlete of the Year Awards (Sponsored by Bashaw School)
Male – Justin Fuller &Jason Resler
Female – Mickey Jaffray
Senior High Recreation Leadership Award (Sponsored by Bashaw Area Recreation Board) – Emily Kohlman
N.S. Holt Memorial Senior High Track &Field (Sponsored by Norman Holt Family) – Justin Fuller
Outstanding Female Volleyball/Team Player Award (Sponsored by Colleen Trautman) – Jillian Heck
Jeanette Holt Memorial Trade Award (Sponsored by Robin &Jackie Holt &Family) – Alec Dubitz
Knowledge &Employability (Sponsored by Ms. Letendre) – Shawna Schneider
Victim Services Extra Mile Award (Sponsored by Bashaw &District Victim Services Society) – Riley Teichroeb
Green Certificate Award (Sponsored by Bashaw Crop Services) – Yvonne Koenraadt, Jayme Mead, Luke Poffenroth, Justine Resler
Fine Arts Award (Sponsored by Bashaw School) – Jade Cunniffe
Henschel Award (Sponsored by Greg &Lori Pearson) – Jaycee Dawbin
Excellence in Music Award (Bashaw School) – Jade Cunniffe