Graduates shine like stars

Parkview Adventist Academy held its graduation over the weekend in a celebration that began the evening of May 24

ACHIEVEMENT – Principal Angela Bishop presents Raynell Ortega with her diploma.

ACHIEVEMENT – Principal Angela Bishop presents Raynell Ortega with her diploma.

Parkview Adventist Academy held its graduation over the weekend in a celebration that began the evening of May 24 and ended with ceremonies on May 26.

Thirty-seven students graduated and the excitement was clear from all of them as they filled the Canadian University College Physical Education Centre. Friends and family of the graduates were also on hand to show support and there was much cheering and applause during the ceremonies.

The motto chosen by the graduates was ‘Not all stars belong in the sky’.

Indeed, the motto was certainly appropriate for the students graduating, as speakers told of the incredible accomplishment made by many of them. Whether it be in terms of academics, leadership, community work, or simply friendship, it seemed all of the graduates ‘shone’ in one way or another.

Sunday morning was marked by a number of pointed speeches done by grads, staff and guests.

Guest speaker Luke Heimann, a CUC graduate and friend of the class, treated all in attendance to often humorous, yet educational, stories from his own life and told graduates how they could learn from his experience.

Valedictorian Taylor Lakusta-Wong presented graduating students with white stones, referencing a Bible verse where it says that God will reveal to everyone their true names on white stones.