Lloyd Comp welcomes students back for awards

By Taylor Weaver

October 11, 2017 1:19 PM

Trisha Rawlake, LPSD Superintendent of Education, LCHS principal Dwayne Marciniw, Timothy Onofrychuk, Lindsay Stewart, Samuel Scribante, Cael McLennan, and LPSD Director of Education Todd Robinson were all smiles at the LCHS awards celebration on Friday night. Taylor Weaver/Meridian Booster

This past Friday was a time for celebration as Lloydminster Comprehensive High School (LCHS) hosted their annual Scholarship and Awards Celebration.

“We’re super proud. Academics is one of our key focuses as an educational institution, and education is more than that, which is recognized in some of the general proficiency awards of commitment to extra curricular community involvement and things like that,” said LCHS principal Dwayne Marciniw.

“We’re always so happy when the kids get recognized and you get to see how proud they are of their accomplishment, and we as staff are extremely proud of their accomplishments as well.”

Last year’s LCHS valedictorian was Timothy Onofrychuk, and Marciniw explained “students look up to him and to who he is as an academic individual in our building, but also who he is personally and what he stands for,” he said.

Onofrychuk noted he was very honoured that his classmates, who he has been friends with for three years, chose him to represent them. At Friday’s annual Scholarship and Awards Celebration, Onofrychuk was one of two recipients of the Marjorie Ranger Scholarship, one of four recipients of the Allan Craig Essay Contest, as well, he also earned Advanced Placement recognition for both English and Calculus.

“The whole message in my speech was, I was trying to reflect on the happy memories we had while we were in high school, but then also looking to the future and trying to expand on the values of acceptance and inclusion that we had built over those three years, and portray the message ‘the world needs more of what we built in high school,’ and we should give that to more of the world,” he said.

“Simply being more accepting to everybody and being more inclusive of people of all different cultures and ethnicities, and just trying to make a community that was similar to our high school community.”

Onofrychuk wasn’t expecting the honour to be valedictorian, and he jokingly noted he definitely didn’t nominate himself, “and I felt that if people thought I’d be a good representation of what we are as a grade than I would be happy to give the speech.”

Onofrychuk is currently at the University of Saskatchewan taking arts and science and physiology and pharmacology, with the plan to go into pediatric medicine.

Cael McLennan earned Advanced Placement recognition in English at Friday’s event. At the LCHS Graduation, he received the Governor General’s Award, which is awarded to the student with the highest overall average throughout their high school career, and is the highest academic achievement a student can receive.

“It was kind of an eye-opener because I wasn’t really expecting this, but it was a breathe of relief because all of my hard work paid off at the end, and it was a bit of a boost to my confidence knowing all of it was worth it,” said McLennan. “It’s something that I’m definitely going to cherish and I’m definitely not going to take it for granted.”

As per McLennen’s memory, his overall average throughout this three-year high school career, which earned him the Governor General’s Award, was roughly 95.6 per cent.

“A lot of work went into that. I spent a lot of time on school work, and I also played volleyball in Edmonton, so there was also a lot of driving and a lot of time spent behind the scenes,” he said. “It was really something else to get that award, and I don’t think I’ve smiled that big in a long time … it was a very happy moment.”

McLennan is currently taking engineering at the University of Calgary, and hopes to go into biomedical engineering before going into medicine.
Samuel Scribante was awarded the Dr. W.D Brooker Scholarship on Friday, as well as earned Advanced Placement recognition for both English and Calculus. At the LCHS Graduation, he received the Alberta Premier’s Citizenship Award, as well as the LPSD General Proficiency Award, and was very honoured to receive them.

“Working throughout the year, I was trying to do my best to better the community and help out as much as I could, but I never really knew there was award for something like that, so when I found out I was being recognized for work I had done in the community, it came as a surprise because I never intended for that to be the result, and I’m very honoured to be recognized with this prestigious award.”

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