Sask. Virtual directory: promotion major, other graduates reflect on a surreal end of the year

The afternoon edition of CBC Radio will feature a special Class of 2020 radio show today from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. CST. Tune in to 102.5 fm in Regina, 94.1 fm in Saskatoon, 540 hrs province-wide, stream it online or on the CBC Listen app.

A cornerstone of high school graduation is the farewell speech – the final farewell, from student to student.

With the pandemic ending traditional graduation ceremonies, CBC Saskatchewan has sought to help students across the province celebrate their successes and share their hopes for the future. This included looking for a provincial promotion major, and enthusiastic teachers responded en masse. Of these nominations, one shining star shone the most: Kabri Sittler of McLurg High School in Wilkie.

In his appointment, Chris Kent, a school educator and Sittler’s wrestling trainer, called our promotion major “one of the most athletic and motivated people I have ever coached and one of the most successful people I have ever coached. most brilliant to whom I have taught “. According to Kent, Sittler received an average of 98% in his senior year.

In addition to his academics, Sittler is distinguished by his athleticism, Kent wrote. A three-time provincial wrestling medalist and recipient of a provincial sportsmanship award, Sittler has also coached volleyball and is known to help young athletes on the team.

This year, Sittler was recognized as Wilkie’s Young Citizen of the Year. She volunteers at the local health center and delivers food to the elderly stuck at home, among other initiatives.

“Kabri may be a familiar face at the provincial championships and in the town of Wilkie, but never confuse her with the ordinary. She is a hero. She is a champion. She is compassionate, humble, intelligent, talented. and resilient. She’s the best a youngster can be, “Kent wrote.

Before heading to the University of Saskatchewan and the Huskie Wrestling Team in the fall, Sittler leaves us with his farewell speech.

This exhibit features graduation photos and graduation memorabilia submitted by Class of 2020 students from across the province.

Chris Kent, right, named Kabri Sittler as CBC Saskatchewan’s 2020 promotion major, calling her “one of the most athletic and motivated people I have ever coached and one of the people I have ever coached. the brightest I’ve taught “. (Jana Sittler)

I would like to begin by expressing my gratitude to everyone who helped make our high school diploma possible. Thank you to our parents for always inspiring and pushing us to be the best we can be. We really appreciate everything you have done for us.

To our classmates, for the many years of memories and friendships.

To our extended family and peers, who have supported us every step of the way.

And to our teachers, for their continued encouragement and dedication to the education of every student. You have made us the young adults that we are today.

Abbie Korte: My favorite [memory] won my school’s Lenz-Weber Prize for my academic and athletic ability. It was an honor to receive this award and for the presenter to tell the young students that I was someone to admire. (Submitted by Abbie Korte)

In addition to late studies, the stress of college and university applications, and the inevitable pressures of being a teenager, the Class of 2020 faced some unique challenges in our final year. We had less access to educational resources. We were faced with many uncertainties. And, of course, we switched to online learning and let me tell you, it hasn’t been easy.

But we got away with it. We were resilient. And we did.

Erika Bazylewski: My favorite memory in senior year was meeting up with my friends for the ball despite its cancellation due to the coronavirus. We got glamorous and took pictures all over town. (Submitted by Erika Bazylewski)

This is our year. We may not be able to stand together on a stage in front of you, and you will likely be watching our graduation ceremonies through a computer screen or from your vehicles, but that doesn’t take away from all we have. accomplished and how hard we worked. worked to get here.

Raya Cuthill: My favorite memory from my senior year was this photo right here. Even though this year has ended in utter chaos, there is still a bright side to looking at. I left for a training camp in Florida two weeks before the schools closed, and when I left, I never thought that I would never walk through those doors as a student again. I never had a last goodbye to my friends and teachers, who were like family to me. However, instead of looking at the negatives, I tried to turn it around and see the bright side. I was finally able to slow down and spend time with my family. During my forties, my sister and I developed a very close bond. I couldn’t be more grateful for this time with her because she represents the world to me. We need to show our brave sides and let go of our walls with each other. She’s the best friend I’ve always wanted. (Submitted by Raya Cuthill)

When I think back to my last year, resilience is the first thing that comes to my mind. One person I admire once told me that “resilience separates luck from real success.” I think this statement fits well enough for our graduation. We graduate not because we were lucky, but because we worked hard, because we devoted countless hours to our education, because we were resilient.

Advice from graduates of eminent Saskies

From Brent Butt to Mark McMorris, notable Saskies give advice to the Class of 2020. 11:35

Resilience is more than just a word; it’s more than adapting to change. When you succeed without challenges, you don’t learn from them, you don’t grow as a person. When you succeed with resilience, you become wiser and you become a better person.

We, the Class of 2020, have been given a unique chance – a chance to show our resilience, a chance to persevere and grow.

Noah Hradecki: My favorite memory is learning all the different jobs and how to do them and also all the good friends I’ve made. (Submitted by Noah Hradecki)

There is one universal truth that we must face, whether we like it or not: it all ends up eventually. But for every end there is a new beginning.

Today is one of those days for us. We are graduating from high school and soon we will be making an impact on the world in our own way.

Alexsa Ecklund: This year has certainly ended in an unexpected way. Growing up, a little girl thinks about the day when she will finish school and walk through this scene in her beautiful princess dress and receive her diploma. This may not be the case this year. I guess the memory that will stand out the most from the year will be how all graduates needed to learn to be versatile and play with punches. Life is like that. There will be unexpected things that will happen and you need to know how to deal with them. I chose to look at the good in all of this. I need to spend more quality time with my family. Life was so busy before. I’ve been a dancer since I was three and it takes a long time. I’m really sad that I couldn’t bow out and finish my competitions, but in return I was able to slow down my life, take the time to enjoy the life around me and not take some everyday things for me. acquired. (Submitted by Alexsa Ecklund)

But as this chapter in our life draws to a close, we can look back on it with pride.

We can be proud of all that we have learned, proud of what we have overcome to get here, and proud of all that we have already contributed to our world.

Joshua Stumpf: When my high school hosted our cancer fundraising basketball game, we were invited, me and a few other students, to play the entertainment role during different parts of the event. . Being able to play with these people for a good cause and in front of my peers as well as my teachers was a feeling I will never forget. (Submitted by Joshua Stumpf)

Soon we will be starting a new chapter, and we can write this chapter however we want.

The opportunities are endless, but whatever we choose to do, we must continue to be resilient. We must be proud.

Amelia Gagnon: A year of experience in the last year that will remain with me forever, is to have been able to perform at the Worlds in Florida, in the school pom division. We ended up finishing second and celebrated by going to Disney World. (Submitted by Amélie Gagnon)

Every generation faces challenges in one way or another, but I like to think about the stories the Class of 2020 will have to tell, how we ended up strong, proud and ready to face the future, too. uncertain and intimidating that he may have been.

Louise Staines: My favorite memory from the past year was chatting with the assistant principal, principal and secretary in my spare time. These three are a whole bunch and have never failed to make me smile. (Submitted by Louise Staines)

In conclusion, I would like to congratulate all graduates of the Class of 2020, and I would like to offer this quote from Helen Keller: “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it. “

Annakah Ratt: My favorite senior moment isn’t something out of the ordinary or noteworthy. It’s simple: that’s when I woke up last September to recognize that I was entering senior this year. It was the realization that this was my last time in school where I had spent the last three years growing up. This would be the last time I would walk through the halls of my high school, the last time I would get a famous 50-cent cookie in the cafeteria, and the last time I would probably see my peers and teachers before everyone else. world does not pass their next chapter. This part of my life seemed so far away. Everyone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, now I was there, grown up. It was at this little moment that I finally realized that I would soon be in the next stage of my life, in the “real world”. Maybe it didn’t end as we hoped, but it ended in a way that will certainly remain memorable. (Submitted by Annakah Ratt)