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Parkland secondary students clean up at awards ceremony

Parkland secondary school student Dan Pedlow is given the Sprit of Parkland Senior Award presented by Stanya Watson. - Submitted photo
Parkland secondary school student Dan Pedlow is given the Sprit of Parkland Senior Award presented by Stanya Watson.
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Thousands of dollars worth of scholarships and other awards were handed out to deserving Parkland secondary school students at the school’s annual awards day, held on June 29.

The awards celebrate student achievement in a variety of fields, including academic excellence, community involvement, fine arts and applied skills.

The largest awards handed out were three scholarships to the Royal Military College, valued at $100,000 each. These were given to seniors Joseph McCaig, Justin Budz and Ryan McCall.

Other awards of note included the Spirit of Parkland awards, given to student leaders that put countless hours into giving back to the school. The Junior award was shared by Kaley Ram and Kim Blair, and the Senior award was won by Dan Pedlow.

The Parkland Pride award, given to a student that has overcome great hardship, was shared by Kory Miller and Joseph Nunn.

The Outstanding Student awards for academic excellence were given to Eric Dykeman, Grade 10, Katie Kraeutner, Grade 11, and Jolon Warrior, Grade 12.

The Donna Godwin Humanitarian Award, valued at $500 and awarded for selfless service, was given to Stephanie Smith.

The Canadian Federation of University Women Scholarship, valued at $1,000, was won by Isabelle Desmerais.

The Don Burgess Award, for the Top Athlete in the school, was won by Sean Carnduff and Shannon Phelps.

The First Nations Achievement Award for academic recognition was awarded to Chanice Cardinal, and the First Nations Athletics Award for involvement in school sports was won by Mark Henry.

Sixteen students were also awarded Dogwood District/Authority Awards, external awards worth $1,000 representing different categories including applied skills, languages, fine arts and physical activity.

Overall, almost 80 monetary awards and book prizes were given out at the ceremony.

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