SLIDESHOW: Boston Bar celebrates three graduates in outdoor ceremony

Sophia Olsen receives a blanket during the Boston Bar elementary secondary school graduation ceremony on May 31, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)Sophia Olsen receives a blanket during the Boston Bar elementary secondary school graduation ceremony on May 31, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
Sophia Olsen gets a hug from her mom, Danielle Edwards, during the Boston Bar elementary secondary school graduation ceremony on May 31, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)Sophia Olsen gets a hug from her mom, Danielle Edwards, during the Boston Bar elementary secondary school graduation ceremony on May 31, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
Justin Cairns walks with his mom, Darlene Howard, during the Boston Bar elementary secondary school graduation ceremony on May 31, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)Justin Cairns walks with his mom, Darlene Howard, during the Boston Bar elementary secondary school graduation ceremony on May 31, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
The Sage Brush Drum Troupe performs for the graduates and guests at the Boston Bar elementary secondary school graduation ceremony on May 31, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)The Sage Brush Drum Troupe performs for the graduates and guests at the Boston Bar elementary secondary school graduation ceremony on May 31, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
Ene Baziuk has a laugh after exploding confetti over his son, Boston Bar graduate Vasil Baziuk, on May 31, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)Ene Baziuk has a laugh after exploding confetti over his son, Boston Bar graduate Vasil Baziuk, on May 31, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
Graduates were joined by the friends for photos in the school field, during the Boston Bar elementary secondary school graduation ceremony on May 31, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)Graduates were joined by the friends for photos in the school field, during the Boston Bar elementary secondary school graduation ceremony on May 31, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
The Sage Brush Drum Troupe performs for the graduates and guests at the Boston Bar elementary secondary school graduation ceremony on May 31, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)The Sage Brush Drum Troupe performs for the graduates and guests at the Boston Bar elementary secondary school graduation ceremony on May 31, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

Three graduates were celebrated in an fun, outdoor ceremony in Boston Bar on Monday.

Vasil Baziuk, Justin Cairns and Sophia Olsen have each finished Grade 12 and have plans for their future, choosing (respectively) biomedical science, the RCMP, and health care. The celebrations included speeches, their awards, drumming from the Sage Brush drum group, and a video presentation.

There were several speeches, from Superintendent Balan Moorthy, Trustee Cathy Speth, the school’s Parent Advisory Council representative Shoneena Loss, and an address from principal Lisa Oike, along with a land acknowledgement from the Nlaka’pamux, from Lillian Isaac. Finally, each graduate presented a speech about another graduate.

Then Olsen whooped to the crowd: “We did it!’

The trio also got a colourful send off from their schoolmates.

At the end of the ceremonies, their school mates lined up in rows and each grad walked through, showered with song, bright confetti and handmade posters filled with congratulations.

The graduates also received their diplomas and several bursaries each. The entire event was streamed on Facebook for those who couldn’t attend.

READ MORE: Graduation 2021 in Hope includes drive-by parade, individual ceremonies


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