Graduation day in Fort St. John

Photo: Hundreds of students line up to accept their award at the North Peace Arena on Friday – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

Rainy skies didn’t dampen the spirits of the more than 300 students who graduated from the North Peace Secondary School on Friday.

Superintendant of School District 60 Larry Espe, along with North Peace MLA Pat Pimm, and Fort St. John Mayor Bruce Lantz attended the ceremonies.

In Lantz’s speech, he touched on the student’s future, advising each graduate to take advantage of all the opportunities available to them.

Principal Daniel Vecchio apologized to the newly graduated youth, saying that the previous generation may have corrupted the world, but this generation has the chance to fix it.

Singer Justin Gies, himself a graduate, sang, "If you’re going through hell" by Rodney Atkins. He says he chose that song because he knows his classmates will find a way through the challenges that may lie ahead.

Meanwhile, hundreds of scholarships and bursaries were handed out to the graduated class of ’09. Dana Cranston was singled out for winning a full ride scholarship to Colorado State University, worth 124 thousand dollars US. Chantelle Gray also won a University of Alberta Scholastic Distinction Award worth ten thousand dollars.

Below are some pictures of the North Peace Secondary School Graduation at the North Peace Arena.

Photo: Students walk towards the stage to accept the award – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

Photo:Student’s were asked to stand when their name was called to accept a bursuary or scholarship – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

Photo: Superintendent of School District 60 Larry Espe addresses the Class of 2009 – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

Photo: Graduate and local singer Justin Gies sings , "If you’re going through hell," by Rodney Atkins – Chrstine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

Photo: Mayor Bruce Lantz gives encouraging words to the class of ’09 – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca