BARRY’S BAY – Memories were made and accomplishments celebrated this past June 28, as more than 80 graduates from Madawaska Valley District High School (MVDHS) took to the stage and celebrated their transition to adulthood.
Hundreds gathered on the evening to watch their children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends celebrate the closing of one chapter and the beginning of new chapters in their lives. The school’s cafeteria was filled to capacity and with sparkling smiles from families, and friends as the school’s 46th graduation ceremony kicked off.
Music Teacher Mark Robbins set the tone for the evening early on, as he played his piece, The Pride of M.V., on the piano, as the graduates made their last walk into their school’s cafeteria and the graduation ceremony began.
Master of Ceremonies this year was Vice Principal Jenny Smith. She was one of many to speak to the graduates and wish them luck with their future successes.
For many in attendance, it was an emotional couple of hours, as loved ones watched their children and relatives walk across the stage and take their first steps towards adulthood.
Also in the air, however, was an overwhelming sense of pride.
“Our graduates have come through with flying colours,” MPP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke John Yakabuski said to those in attendance and to the 2013 graduates. “Celebrate your accomplishments, appreciate your accomplishments – you’ve got so much to be proud of,” he said passionately to the 2013 graduating class.
Councillor Linda Neuman, on behalf of the Township of Madawaska Valley also, spoke and offered her sincerest congratulations.
Story continues in the July 3, 2013 issue of The Valley Gazette.