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The Columbia Valley Pioneer Presents...

The Class of 2011

David Thompson Secondary School’s Grade 12 students are taking a leap of faith this weekend as they graduate high school and head out into the world. Cassidy Hanke, Katie Milligen, Paul Brown, Rob Minhas, Lucas Putnam and Kassie Colonna (left to right) chatted with The Pioneer about their future plans. See Pages 6 and 7.

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Photo by Kate Irwin

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Alacoque, Nathan

Beingessner, Elijah

Belcher, Cherish

Blakley, Julia

Boots, Jacob

Boyer, Olivia

Bracken, Colby

Braund-Read, Rachelle

Breton, Cariann

Brown, Ben


Congratulations to our Grads! Angel, Matthew and Melissa


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Congratulations Grads!

From the Staff and Management at The Black Forest Restaurant

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on your high school graduation! Your family and friends are very proud of you! You are our “Guitar Hero”!


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Congratulations to all the Grads of 2011!

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2011 Grads!

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Brown, Paul

Brush, Michael

Cahill, Joshua

Callaghan, Stevie

Campbell, Bruce

Charette, Brittney

Clare, Jennifer

Colonna, Kassie

Constable, William

Crowley, Sean

Congratulations to the grads of 2011!


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Congratulations to the class of 2011!

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A special congratulations to Amanda McLaughlin and the grads of 2011.

All the Best to the Grads of 2011

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Congratulations Victoria Love Mom

“Braeden, you have worked so hard to reach this milestone. We are all very proud of you and know that whatever direction you take in the future, you will be a success.”

With love, Mom, Dad and Lauren

Best of luck in the future, grads of 2011!

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Best wishes to the class of 2011


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Congratulations to all the Grads of 2011! From everyone at Beyond the

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Davidson, Leland

Delorme, Erica

Ellingboe, Tanner

El Wakeel, Adam

Congrats Leland!

Love Dave, Kathy and Jake

Congratulations to the Grad Class of 2011, we wish you the best! 7th Ave. Invermere • 250-342-6415

Dolan, Jaimie

Dow, Joshua

Duncan, Sarah

Fenton, Ian

Fink, Connor

Forest, Matthew

Congratulations to the class of 2011 From the Akisqnuk First Nation

Best wishes to the grads of 2011! Invermere Industrial Park


From the management and staff at…

Congratulations to the class of 2011. Your future is blooming ahead of you. Hwy 93/95 and the Crossroads • Invermere

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From Jason, Tanya and all the staff at

Congratulations Tanner Ellingboe and the rest of the 2011 grad class.

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Galligan, Angel

Godlien, Alexander

Halverson, Myla

Hanke, Cassidy

Hawes, Samantha

Heisler, Jessica

Hemmelgarn, Brianna

Henzig, Darian

Janzen, Skylar

Jeong, Bobby

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BRIGHT FUTURES — Cassidy Hanke, Lucas Putnam, Rob Minhas, Paul Brown, Kassie Colonna and Katie Milligen are ready to take the plunge after graduating today. All photos by Kate Irwin

Graduates move forward to new adventures “Most people think of graduating as opening a new chapter or turning the page. I think you’re starting a whole new book,” said Lucas Putnam, who is moving Graduating is an exhilarating — and somewhat terto Vancouver in August to study for a diploma in film rifying — experience. School is over; the future beckons, production at the Vancouver Film School. and with a tinge of regret and a healthy dose of exciteLucas has been passionate about film-making for ment, the Columbia Valley’s graduating class of 2011 years, taking classes in film every year since Grade 8. Afwill step out into the wide world. ter making a seven-minute film for Remembrance Day, Their plans are many and varied: some it hit home to Lucas that this was what will head straight into college, others into he wanted to do. jobs or further training, then there are “Most people think of graduating as opening a new chapter or turning the “Seeing a video I had made being those who just want to sit back, breathe watched by and affecting my peers repage. I think you’re starting a whole new book,” a sigh of relief and take stock of how far ally made the idea of filmmaking more they’ve come. real,” he explained. — Lucas Putnam, 2011 graduate This weekend is packed with exciteLucas moved to the valley from ment for parents and graduates alike. With Vancouver at the age of two, living in dry grad already under their belts, today Radium with parents Debbie Baskerthese young adults take to the stage to receive their di- miss the people he has met here. ville and Bob Putnam. He attended Edgewater Eleplomas before putting on the ball gowns and tuxedos to “The people here are great, I have lots of friends here mentary before joining David Thompson. In the futake part in the grand parade this Saturday, followed by and family to come back and visit while I’m working ture, Lucas hopes to work for a production company, the parent dinner and dance. during summers,” he added. possibly as a cinematographer. With the end of high school finally here, The PioPaul lives with parents Dave Brown and Elizabeth Another student heading towards Vancouver is neer sat down with six members of this year’s graduating Stuart in Invermere, and after a lifetime of playing a va- Katie Milligen, who was born and raised in Invermere class to find out what their plans are, how it feels to leave riety of sports, wants to turn this passion into a career in by parents Maggie and James Milligen. She will attend the valley and where they hope to be in the future. sports injury therapy or train as an orthopedic surgeon Simon Fraser University in Burnaby to study InternaFor valedictorian, Paul Brown, the choice of what to and work in the United States. tional Studies. By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff

do at university was simple. “I’m really passionate about sports and medicine, I’ve never wanted to do anything other than be a doctor,” said Paul, who is leaving Invermere for the University of Calgary to take a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree. Although excited to head to Calgary, Paul — who joined David Thompson Secondary School in Grade 9 after moving from Waterloo, Ontario — said he will

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June 24, 2011 JUMP FOR JOY — Katie Milligen (left) hopes to become a humanitarian after college, while Kassie Colonna is thinking of spending some time travelling after college before going to work in the education sector.

“I’ve always wanted to help people, so my main focus is to become a humanitarian,” she explained. After a tough choice between continuing her studies and travelling to Africa to take part in volunteer programs, Katie is excited to leave for college. Her love for children is leading Katie towards a career working with orphans and young people affected by HIV/AIDS in developing countries. Katie hopes to travel the world in her career as a humanitarian and thinks she may end up working for a nonprofit organization or in legislature. “I’d like to tell the community here thank you for a wonderful childhood,” she added. Rob Minhas, son of Jagtar and Ruman Minhas of Radium, will be following in the footsteps of sister Tonie when he departs for the University of Calgary this fall. Playing to his strengths in sciences and math, Rob will study a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Proximity to his family and hometown of Radium was an important factor in choosing where to study. “I didn’t want to go to the other side of the country, and Calgary is a nice city,” he said. “I’ll definitely miss the people here. Whenever you’re volunteering or fundraising, everyone comes out and is so supportive of what you’re doing.” Rob has been involved with the high school’s leadership class and numerous fundraising and

community events during his time in the valley. He hopes to work for an engineering firm in Calgary. Vancouver-bound Cassidy Hanke has spent her entire school career locally, from Eileen Madson Primary School to JA Laird to David Thompson Secondary. Cassidy is heading to the Vancouver Art Institute where she will take a two year diploma in 3D modelling for animation and games. “I love movies, games, cartoons and everything artsy,” she said. “I knew I wanted to do something in games and movies and that I liked designing characters.” After many years in the valley, the fact that her class is graduating hasn’t quite sunk in yet, Cassidy told The Pioneer, adding that she will miss the proximity to nature and familiar surroundings. She hopes to forge a career working on major movies and video games. “People should do what they want to do and what they are passionate about,” she added. “Don’t worry about what other people think.” Kassie Colonna, who moved to Invermere with parents Kerry and Kerry Colonna in Grade 1, is heading across the border into Alberta to continue her schooling at the University of Lethbridge. In the fall, Kassie will begin a five year degree in Social Work and is excited to join the university basketball team. “The decision came down to loving playing basketball and really liking the Lethbridge team,” Kassie revealed. Using her natural height advantage, Kassie got started with basketball in Grade 8 and began playing competitively in Grade 10. “I will miss the mountains and knowing the whole graduating class,” added Kassie, who went to Eileen Madson Primary, JA Laird and then David Thompson Secondary. “It’s cool to have the history with my classmates here, but I’m also looking forward to creating new relationships in a new place.” Kassie is interested in travelling after college and then working for a school. The Pioneer would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to the entire graduating class of 2011. Good luck to you all in your future endeavours.

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Jeong, Daniel

Jimmy, Elisha

Jobs, Marissa

Johansen, Victoria

Johnston, Nadja

Kendal, Shelbie

Krebs, Alysha

Lang, Cody

Larrabee, Melissa

Logan, Braeden

Congratulations Grad 2011


Way to go Alex and Drew!

to Kelsey Wolf and class!


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Love from Mom, Dad and Kailey. We’re very proud of you!

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T-Jay Verwey We are all so proud, lots of love Dad, Mom, Kayla and all the family.

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Drew Nikirk & Ashley Godlien and all the grads of 2011 INDERMERE WV ALLEY Golf Course

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Congratulations on a job well done, we are so proud of you. Fairmont Hot Springs Resort congratulates the Class of 2011 and celebrates the achievements of our graduating student employees: Colby Bracken Erica Delorme Adam El Wakeel

Love Mom, Dad & Jenn Katie MacDonald

926 7th Ave.,Invermere, B.C. • 250-342-3366

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Logan, Dalyn

Lynch, Justin

MacDonald, Katie

MacKay, Travis

Madden, Naomi-Faye

Marshall, William

McCarthy, Shannon

McElroy, Jordan

McGregor, Ethan

McIlwain, Sam

McKenzie, Heather

McLaughlin, Amanda

Miller, Jacklyn

Milligen, Katie

Minhas, Rob

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Congratulations Samantha Small Love Mom, Dad & Steven

Congratulations grads of 2011, and best wishes for the future! From all the staff at the Columbia Valley Pioneer

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Mousseau, Trina

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Nicol-Anderson, Shaunte

Nikirk, Drew

O’Connor, Dempsey

Ott, Winston

Ottmann, Tayler

Perdue, Alison

Putnam, Lucas

Rogal, Rebecca

Rose, Stephanie

Rosin, Ross

Shand, Cameron

Shovar, Dorell

Small, Samantha

Smith, Colton


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Soles, Vanessa

Stiz, Reto-Joseph

Strand, Tryg T.

Tallman, Christie

Torma, Adam

Trescher, Hannah

Verwey, Terence

Wall, Jessica

Wass, Dennis

Watson, Daniel

Watson, Dylon

Widmer, Cody

Wiebe, Simon

Williams, Connor

Williams, Kailey

Witt, Katherine

Wolfe, Kelsie

Zwiers, Sally

Also graduating this year, but did not CONGRATULATIONS 2011 GRADS!

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provide photos: Mary Aucoin Brook Blain Kody Carlson Caleb Perreault-Wipp Erin Porter

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Remember when it all began? It is 12 years since the 2011 graduates packed their bags and headed off to elementary school. Check out their eager faces in their first class photos.

Windermere Elementary School

Martin Morigeau Elementary School

Back row, left to right: Adam El Wakeel, Mohammed Arif, Anthony Pronk, Pierre Jimmy, Faro Burgoyne, Cody Widmer, Selena Dubois and Olivia Boyer. Front row, left to right: Dalyn Logan, Elisha Jimmy, Max Kazakoff, Brock Wortman, Adam Torma, Dorell Shovar, Marissa Jobs, Travis MacKay, Dempsey O’Connor and teacher Jane Fraser.

Back row, left to right: Justin Lynch, unknown, Brett Grieve, Scott Neitzel, Zach Borle, Ashley Cline, Tony Roy, Isaiah Fast, Erica Delorme, unknown. Front row, left to right: Sierra Sterzer, Shelby Hewitt, Colby Bracken, Jordan Pirz, Harlow Agnew, Braeden White, Brianna Roy, Rhemi Shwartz, Kayla Chadney, Cariann Breton, Ashley Smith. Teacher, Michelle Michaud.

Grade 1-2, 1999-2000

Eileen Madson Primary School Grade 1A, 1999-2000

Back row, left to right: Wendy Brenneman (teacher), Julia Blakley, T.J. Bone, William Constable, Connor Sullivan, Jessie Baker, Colton Smith, Sam McIlwain. Middle row, left to right: Melissa Larrabee, Brianna Hemmelgarn, Kirsten Gobkus, Brodie Mizera, Braeden Logan, Amanda McLaughlin, Erin Porter. Front row, left to right: Jill McCorry (teacher), Cassidy Hanke, Myla Halverson, Samantha Hawes, Sean Crowley, Derrick Wolfe, Joshua Cahill, Dylan Moncer.

Grade 1-2, 1999-2000

Edgewater Elementary School Grade 1, 1999-2000

Back row, left to right: Bruce Campbell, Lucas Putnam, Colton Bennedict, Nathalie Villeneuve, Tiffany Comeau, T.J. Verway, Sarah Walker, Darian Henzig. Front row, left to right: Pat Walsh (teaching assistant), Alysha Krebs, Chassity Mohan, Sally Zwiers, Katherine Witt, Nadja Johnston, Angelique Gilligian, Thai Hendry, Scott Stevens, Michelle Tremblay (teacher).


Online Edition of the columbia valley pioneer's Grad Feature for June, 2011