class of 2017 looks back on years at huron centennial
The Huron Centennial School Grade 8 graduation ceremony was held on the evening of June 27.
Valedictorian address by Brianna Steckle.
Welcome teachers, parents and graduating students.
On the evening of June 27, the Grade 8 students at Huron Centennial School became the graduating Class of 2017. (Submitted photo)
I have been attending Huron Centennial for 10 years. When I add all the years that my grandpas, and parents have attended this school, all together we make up a total of 33 proud years at this awesome school. We hope for many more years to come for our family.
Well, Class of 2017 . . . we made it, the time is finally here. As we enter High School, it’s with mixed emotions I’m sure. There are so many unknowns as we move into Grade 9. Some of us will be going to different schools, we will go on to make new friends and find new routines. This is exciting and scary all at the same time. It’s going to be different leaving a place that has felt so much like home and so familiar for so many years. Let's take a walk down memory lane.
Do you remember?
In Kindergarten, some of us had Mrs. Scruton and some had Mrs. Hill. We only had to go every other day, and then every other Friday. Sweet deal for us! Our memories consist of playing at the centers, singing the clean up song, and just being carefree. I remember walking on the silver lines, with hand on your hip and finger on your lip. Oh, and who could forget being the star of the day. Being able to sit in the special chair instead of the ground. I wish that is how we could spend our days now.
In Grade 1 our gym class consisted of playing with the parachute, tag and sharks. But who could forget getting your fingers run over while playing scooter soccer, because all you wanted to do was get that goal.
In Grade 2, some of us had Mrs. Scruton and some had Mrs Ireland. I had Mrs. Ireland. Man what a year, there are so many amazing memories. One of my favorites was while we were learning about solids, liquids and gases we colored pictures of different solids, liquids and gases. Connor Flynn was doing a gas and colored a fart! While Mrs.Ireland put up some of the pictures the other kids had colored on the board, Connor was still coloring and Mrs.Ireland said “Connor can you pass me your fart?!” She didn't catch herself until after Connor asked her to repeat herself.
And who could forget learning about brilliant beginning, mighty middle and excellent ending while writing our own narratives? I still use it to this day while writing narratives and essays. We were fortunate enough that Mrs. Ireland thought our writing was stellar enough to make a book about all our narratives. It’s still one of the most read books in my house.
Grade 3 included the trip of a lifetime, to the Pioneer village. We went into one-room schoolhouses and we were taught how the pioneers learned in the classroom. Wow, I had so much respect for the teachers after that field trip. Who can forget, Green team with Mrs. Regier and Waste Free Wednesdays? Near the end of the year, we faced the worst possible obstacle - EQAO - which stands for Education Quality Accountability Office in the adult world, or what we kids call it, Evil Questions Attack Ontario. But we endured it anyway.
In our Grade 4 year we didn't have iPads that we could do our work on so we would go to the library and work on the computers. If there was a story on the computer and we weren't finished there was no way to do it at home because WordPerfect would only save on the school computer. Such difficulties!
In Grade 5, we were supposed to have Mrs. Somerville, but she left on a maternity leave. So we had Mrs. Hogan for… about 2-3 weeks. Then, she got a job at a different school, so we had Ms. Robertson. She was great and she stuck it out the longest!
For Grade 6, we used laptops and iPads to do our work. This is the year we got email addresses so then we finally got to use Google Docs. Goodbye Word Perfect, hello being efficient! The biggest perk of all came when the teachers went on strike. So we didn't have to write EQAO. So there were no evil questions that attacked us that year.
Finally Grade 7 and 8, our Grade 7 year we began to anticipate being the ”Kings of the School!” Our highlight of the year was going to Boler Mountain tree topping and finding out if we have a fear of heights. Many of us enjoyed the challenge. Well, my experiences with having Mrs. Moxham as a teacher has enlightened me and entertained me from her crazy ear gestures, to her outbursts from seeing equipment left outside to her need for organization.
Mrs. Brady always has great inspiration for our Art assignments I’m always amazed at how easy she can make it and how great my end result is.
I don’t think that anyone here can say that his/her time at Huron Centennial School has been anything less than extraordinary. Whether you’ve been here for one year or all ten years.
I would like to take some time to thank everyone who has helped this graduating class, in getting us to the place that we are right now. For helping mould us into the vibrant, enthusiastic people we have grown to be.
Thank you to the many dedicated teachers for teaching us with such passion and vigor, for preparing us for what is to come ahead. Thank you to all the other staff members who have contributed to our success. Thank you to our bus drivers for your daily patience and commitment to our safety each and every day. Thank you to our parents, grandparents, and extended families for the way you’ve supported us and helped us in our everyday lives when we needed you most. Thank you for helping us realize full potential.
Thank you to everyone who believed in us and challenged us to be our best. Because you were here for us today, we are ready for tomorrow.
Are you ready for what lies ahead Class of 2017? Your Future self can’t wait to see where you’ll end up.
Kinglyn Stables team members to perform at IPM
Members of the Kinglyn Stables Precision Team (KSPT) will be performing throughout the day on IPM 2017 Opening Day, Sept. 19, with additional performances on Closing Day, Sept. 23rd. (Submitted photo)
The International Plowing Match and Rural Expo is proud to announce that Kinglyn Stables Precision Team (KSPT) will be performing throughout the day on IPM 2017 Opening Day, Sept. 19, with additional performances on Closing Day, Sept. 23rd.
The KSPT, has its team headquarters in Monkton, ON and have previously performed at the Royal Winter Fair, been an opening act for the RCMP Musical Ride, and a feature in many parades including Oktoberfest in Kitchener-Waterloo and the Niagara Ice Wine Festival Parade.
The team members themselves are all accomplished riders and not only enjoy the precision team performances, they also individually compete in horse shows throughout Southwestern Ontario. The horses on the team are predominately quarter horses and paints, whose speed, strength and athletic ability showcase the versatility of these breeds.
“Many hours of practice and training have gone into each routine for both the riders and the horses,” explained Jeannette Wilson, performance announcer for the team. “We are very proud to be a part of this special milestone, the 100th International Plowing Match and Rural Expo!”
The team will be performing two different shows during their time at IPM 2017. One will be more traditional riding, highlighting the technical elements with a high degree of precision. The girls will be wearing their traditional blue and white outfits that Kinglyn Stables is known for. The second show will be more adventurous, to upbeat music, with new choreography and new costumes. The shows will take place at the Dodge Ram Rodeo Centre and at the CKNX Event Centre in Tented City. Stable owner, Connie Bull, and her daughter Ashley, are the team coaches.
IPM 2017 takes place Sept. 19-23, with advanced tickets being sold at every municipal office in Huron County for $15 and tickets available at the gates, the day of, for $18 per person. More information about all the programming and events for IPM 2017 can be found online at plowingmatch.org/ipm-2017 or the Facebook Page Huron IPM 2017.
AN ILLUMINATING BIRTHDAY BASH
In honor of the 1-5-0 people put a little extra KABOOM into their backyard fireworks displays as evidenced by this tremendous sight that was captured overhead just north of Bayfield. (Photos by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
Six year-old Graham Pounder will hopefully always remember celebrating Canada's 1-5-0 as a special time with family - drawing light designs in the dark with sparklers and watching some tremendous backyard fireworks.
Twenty-four members of the graduating Class of 2017 at Huron Centennial School were presented with awards at their graduation ceremonies on the evening of June 27.
Maitland Roy -
Huron Tractor Top Academic Girl
CAP Products French Award HM**
Gold Coast Landscaping Science Award
Madison Burge -
Huron Tractor Top Academic Girl HM
Hay Mutual Insurance English Award
Ruth Hayman Elliott Memorial Geography Award
Max Dupuis -
Huron Tractor Top Academic Boy
W.S. Jeffery Math Award HM
Glen McLachlan Leadership/Sportsmanship Award
Darren Vandewalle –
Huron Tractor Top Academic Boy HM
W.S. Jeffery Math Award
MacLeans Athletic Award - Male
Mitchell McGregor -
Hensall Co-op Best All Round Boy
CAP Products French Award
Connor Flynn -
Hensall Co-op Best All Round Boy HM
Brianna Steckle -
DeJong Auto Sales & Service Best All Round Girl
Huron Centennial Staff Valedictorian
MacLeans Athletic Award - Female
Ontario Principals’ Council Student Leadership Award
Amy Brinke -
DeJong Auto Sales & Service Best All Round
Odin Hessel -
Dawn Rathwell Most Improved Student - Male
Kirsten McIntosh -
Dawn Rathwell Most Improved Student - Female
Tuckersmith Communications Co-operative Huron East Community Development Award –Female
Laney Hayter -
Huron Ridge Art Award
Hay Mutual Insurance English Award HM
Logan Laub –
McKinley/Hayter Music Award
Chayanit Wongwilart -
Bayfield Optimists Citizenship Award - Female
Wolfgang Schulz -
Bayfield Optimists Citizenship Award - Male
Abigail Rodgers -
Evelyn H.B. Newton Brady History Award
Rachel Hill -
Lowell B. Mount Virtue Award
Dylan Becker -
Sanford Family “Technology” Award
Devon Durand -
Bluewater Community Development Foundation Award - Male
Katelyn Hammel -
Bluewater Community Development Foundation Award - Female
Connor Flynn -
Huron East Citizenship Award – Male
Emma Devries Yates -
Huron East Citizenship Award – Female
Alecia Poland -
Jeremy Renning Memorial Graphic Arts Award
Owen Gemmell -
Tuckersmith Communications Co-operative Huron East Community Development Award - Male
Silke Miedema -
Allan Family Spirit Award
**HM - Honorable Mention
All are invited to have some good, clean fun at the Huron County Museum’s Temperance Picnic and Ice Cream Social on July 8 at the Huron County Museum.
The picnic will run from 1-4 p.m.
Admission is cash only to the Temperance Picnic and is $10. This money will be used to buy “Tampon Totes” that will be donated to the Huron Women’s Shelter Second Stage Housing and Counselling Services. The totes have a $19.68 retail value and have been generously provided by Michael’s Pharmasave of Bayfield and Goderich. Children accompanying adults are free.
The Temperance Picnic will bring the Museum’s current prohibition exhibit, Huron County: The Dry Years, to life with costumed characters, lawn games, take home crafts, a scavenger hunt, strawberries and ice cream, prizes and much more!
The Museum is located at 110 North Street in Goderich.
For more information visit our website at www.huroncountymuseum.ca.
Canada 150 Celebrations continue at Hensall Heritage Hall, Saturday, July 15 as Taw Connors takes to the stage in a tribute to his late father “Stompin' Tom" Connors.
"Stompin’ Tom” was a Canadian country and folk singer-songwriter who is credited with writing more than 300 songs in his lifetime. His music focused exclusively on the Canadian experience and hits such as 'Bud the Spud', 'Sudbury Saturday Night' and 'The Hockey Song' made "Stompin' Tom" a national icon.
Taw has been quoted as saying, "I'll never fill that man's shoes" but his voice sounds uncannily like his fathers and thanks to Taw’s "The Canadian Stompper" tribute concert series, the music of “Stompin' Tom" is alive again at venues across the province.
The show will start at 7p.m. at the Hensall Heritage Hall located at 108 King Street.
Tickets are $35. For tickets please call Kathy at 519 263-2343. They are also available at D&D Variety in Hensall, or Ticketscene. Those who plan to attend are asked to get their tickets early so they don't miss this special opportunity to celebrate Canada and everything that makes this country unique.
Canada 150 Medals
On June 28, in recognition of the 150th Anniversary of Confederation, MP Ben Lobb honored 31 deserving Canadians from across Huron-Bruce at a ceremony held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Wingham.
“Canada’s 150th birthday is an important opportunity to celebrate Canada’s shared history and achievements. I am honored to recognize these individuals with the Commemorative Canada 150 Medal. They have all demonstrated strength of character, concern and respect for their fellow human beings while giving back to their community and making our country a better place,” said Lobb.
Canada has had a long history of issuing medals to commemorate the Confederation of Canada and recognize deserving Canadians across the country. Commemorative medals are awarded to deserving Canadians who have demonstrated significant contributions to Canada, their community, or to their fellow Canadians. These contributions include volunteerism, military service, charitable work, public service, professional distinction, and community involvement.
The 31 individuals from Huron-Bruce who received medals were: Connie Barker, Southampton; Jay Bell, Dona Swift, Chandrashekher Tripathi, Kincardine; Helen Craig, Walton; Gwen Devereaux, Donald Dodds, Jack McLIwain, John Patrick Ryan, Seaforth; Ralph Dietrich, Mildmay; Donald Farrell, Ripley; Jason Goodall, Timothy Poole, Wingham; Thomas Hayter, Dashwood; Robert Heywood, John Rasenberg, Exeter; Mary Lapaine, Norm Leddy, Maxine Seers, Delbert Shewfelt, David Yates, Goderich; Fred Lobb, Robert “Doc” Miller, Florence Pullen, Clinton; Donald Gordon MacKay, Port Elgin; Doug McArter, Joseph Seili, Brussels; Rick McMurray, Lucknow; Michael Smith, Saugeen Shores; Steven Sparling, Blyth; and Alma Westlake, Zurich.
CELEBRATE 1-5-0 THROUGH STORIES
What a tale could be told by many items from the past! A collection of historical items will be on display at the REACH Centre in Clinton on July 7-8 as part of the 1-5-0 celebrations in Central Huron. Items that have resided not far from Bayfield will be on display. There will also be several stories that have been shared just for this occasion.
A great way to celebrate this country’s sesquicentennial would be to bring children and grandchildren to see how people communicated a century ago, or how they stored things over winter, or what a school desk was like in a one room school.
The historical display will be open from 3-8 p.m. on Friday, July 7 followed by fireworks and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 8.