The 2017-2018 school year culminated in a flurry of activity! The pace was intense and even crazy at times! The month of June consisted of year ending SRC and dorm activities, musical practices, exam preparations and Graduation planning. All of this drew the RJC community even closer as emotions were high as we approached the end of the year. Combining a musical performance with Grad Weekend may sound crazy but it actually is a satisfying and meaningful way to end our time together this school year. It allows for the uniqueness of the RJC community to shine even brighter.
This year's performance of 'GODSPELL' was spectacular. The cast had the audience smiling, chuckling, laughing out loud and crying all in the span of 90 minutes. It was a moving and delightful display of talent. The cast received a well deserved standing ovation each performance night!
Graduation day started bright and early with the Baccalaureate Service at Rosthern Mennonite Church. Amy, Vanessa, Laird and Maria shared their Faith Stories.
The Grade 12 Hymn was "Into the Night". Naomi conducted and Claire was the pianist.
Terry Stefaniuk, father of Vanessa, addressed the class and congregation on behalf of the parents with a meditation.
The Baccalaureate Service was followed by the afternoon Graduation Ceremony at RJC. We are proud of all of the students as they excelled in so many areas! Several special awards were given before the diploma presentation.
Martha Janzen Epp Bursary - Ma April & Adriana Cruz Alas
Abundance Canada - Spirit of Generosity Award - Cole Ashdown
Kloppenburg-Friesen Scholarship - Katherine Penner
Elizabeth Reimer Sawatzky Creative Writing Award - Ma April
Affinity Credit Union Scholarships - Naomi Chan & Katherine Penner
Connexus Credit Union Scholarship - Jackson Skoworodko
After the Graduation Ceremony the celebration moved to the Western Development Museum in Saskatoon where the Grade 12s enjoyed a banquet and program. The Grade 10s and 11s enjoyed supper at Chianti's restaurant before joining the Grade 12's for a picture taking session in the Museum. The students enjoyed a slideshow that captured the events of the year, a coffeehouse showcasing each others talents, and lots of energetic and lively dancing. Everyone had such a great evening. To complete the evening, the students were transported out to the Dahl's acreage for a fireside, activities and yearbook signing. It was an awesome day.
Graduation is bittersweet. As we celebrated the Grade 12 class reaching this milestone, it also was sad to say goodbye to the individuals in this class. We thank them for sharing their gifts and talents with us this past year. They played a big part in making 2017-2018 a memorable year! We wish them all the best and can't wait to hear of all the exciting experiences and adventures they will have in their bright and promising futures!