16 16 || CAMPBELL CaMPBELL RIVER riVEr MIRROR Mirror || FRIDAY, FriDaY, JUNE JUNE 13, 13, 2014 2014
Charlotte weaves a web of service and excellence
Students contemplate what’s in store for 2014/15 Larissa MeLviLLe
As the school year comes to a close and finals approach, new feelings sweep over the students of Carihi. Sure school is becoming more and more important as the year edges on, and all those missing projects pile on one after another, but the summer break is coming, and probably faster than most are expecting it to. Carihi student Erin Milligan believes that the year passed quickly due to many new things she experienced this school year, which she hasn’t experienced in previous years. “Yes, this year passed by quickly because the classes have been more fun and the teachers just seemed really into what they were doing. I also met many new people.” The 2013-2014 year at Carihi has been full of original ideas, and many productions, many of which were created and organized by Carihi students. “The Nautical science program is one of many new and innovative ideas this year,” says another Carihi student Christina Kelly, “but next year I’m looking forward to more sciences and more job opportunities.” While Kelly believes that the year went by fairly slowly due to a heavier coarse load, both she and Milligan agree that now that school is ending, they will be happier overall just to indulge in a little time for themselves in the sun. “Carihi is very interactive. Their
Erin Milligan (Top) and Christina Kelly (Bottom) are feeling relieved that school is finally over.
programs are super vast and inclusive,” says Milligan, “but there are some things that Carihi could do better for next year.” Both Kelly and Milligan agree that even though there are many positive aspects, there are some things that Carihi could change for next year, like more variety at the breakfast table or more time spent outside of school on field trips. For all of the students who are graduating this year, high school will unfortunately become a past memory, but for them, life is just getting started as they will be experiencing a new beginning in the depths of the world of work.
The Glyn Fitzgerald award has honoured Carihi graduates who excel in scholarship, sportsmanship, leadership, and citizenship since 1966. This year the award went to Charlotte Morrison, a student, who, throughout her time at Carihi, has contributed to the community and strived for excellence. Glyn Cecil Fitzgerald was born on June 6, 1933 in Alert Bay. He attended school in Campbell River, and although he graduated from Lord Byng High School in Vancouver, he was well-rounded as a high school student. He was an athlete, an avid community volunteer, and the president of his student council in his Grade 12 year. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree at UBC and graduated with honours in History and Mathematics. Post-graduation, he was commissioned as an officer in the Royal Canadian Navy. In 1963 he was appointed base manager and pilot of the Okanagan Helicopters establishment in Campbell River, and on Sept. 19, 1965, Fitzgerald was killed in a flying accident in rugged mountainous terrain in the Tofino/Zaballos region of Vancouver Island.
Charlotte Morrison (right) was presented the Glyn Fitzgerald Award by Carihi principal Sean Toal.
Jane Kolmatycki, a counsellor at Carihi explained the start of the annual award. “His many friends in aviation and in the village community decided to set up a Memorial Fund for an annual award to the graduating Carihi student who best exemplifies the qualities of scholarship, sportsmanship, leadership, and citizenship. So, in 1966, the year of our first graduating class, we honoured our first graduate with this award, a tradition we are still doing, some 48 years later,” she said. This year, at the Scholarship and Bursary evening, Morri-
son received the Glyn Fitzgerald award. Sean Toal, the principal of Carihi, presented her with the award and spoke of the Morrison’s achievements. “To be considered for the Glyn, it is imperative that the student demonstrate outstanding work ethic and performance in the classroom,” Toal said. “Charlotte consistently ranks at the top of her class and is described as hard working and conscientious - a student who strives to excel. “We are also honoured to recognize her contributions to the school and to the community that show her to be a well-rounded individual, who seems to be at every event and function working selflessly behind the scenes in the spirit of service leadership. It has been a pleasure getting to know this young lady over the past three years. Her positive attitude, constant smile, and genuine care and support of her friends and classmates exemplifies her worthiness of this award. Even though, after a tough test this year, she joked with me about lowering her standards to becoming a ‘C’ student to relieve the pressure she puts on herself (she has been a principal’s honour roll student since she arrived here at Carihi), I am confident that she will continue to excel in whatever she chooses to pursue.”
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June 13, 2014 edition of the Campbell River Mirror