“High school graduation is not an end, but a beginning,” valedictorians Montadher Hamadi and Katherine Lee told their fellow graduates at the 2012 graduation ceremony, held in the beautifully decorated gym at Seaway District High School on Friday evening, October 5.
“Today is but a moment along the way of your journey,” said Montadher (“Monty”). “The future lies before you like a field of driven snow: the steps you take on this field of driven snow will sculpt your success.”
“I hope that your dreams take you to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known,” said Katherine.
Over 80 students received their high school graduation diplomas at the annual graduation ceremony held before a packed house of teachers, parents, grandparents and friends. In the course of the evening, according to principal Terry Gardiner, thanks to the generosity of the South Dundas community, Seaway students received close to $40,000 in bursaries, scholarships and gifts.
“I am also thrilled that this is the first graduation where students earned the Agriculture high school major Red Seal,” Gardiner said.
“I am very happy that so many of our graduates are using the skills they have learned at Seaway at college, university and in apprenticeships. The generous community support of our school has been wonderful. Many of our grads truly need this support to continue in post secondary education.”