When COVID hit in the spring of 2020, an annual event impacted heavily was high school graduation. Across the province, schools and grad classes had to adapt to the new realities, scrambling to find a way to celebrate the special achievement while adhering to social distancing rules. While the grade 12 students fretted and planned, those juniors in grade 11 watched and were often thankful it was not them. Now, a year later, they are facing the same situation, the same uncertainty and even heavier restrictions.
With Manitoba as a hot spot for COVID infections, Boissevain School is one of many in the area looking to a second coronavirus grad. Recently, the Class of 2021 chose their valedictorians for the year, Zach Challner and Carter Maurice. For them, it is the usual mixture of knowing they have reached a milestone, with the knowledge they will always look back with a smile.
“In terms of academic success and leadership, our class is very strong so I’m extremely honoured to be a valedictorian as there are many others that are worthy. As far as graduating goes, it’s very bittersweet,” Challner stated. “On one hand I’m excited to move on to the next chapter but on the other hand it will be sad leaving Boissevain School.”