In living memory, students graduating from school have never had to face the trauma that has been exacted upon them by the Covid-19 pandemic. Halted and interrupted classes, switching to online learning, and social isolation have added to normal anxieties for any graduating class. So we are delighted to see our grads being acknowledged and recognized in various ways.
Our HPE District School Board published student photos and achievements on news and social media. They also added signs on lawns – 1200 in total – Stating that “A Graduate of Class of 2020 Lives Here”. Mayor Steve Ferguson added his personal congratulations to grads during his community update address earlier this week, a message delivered with sincerity and conviction. These accolades have been broadcast in numerous ways and students deserve our kudos. Whether with tangible or less tangible awards, all can be proud that they have graduated in an era of unparalleled adversity.
Locally, Scholarships and Bursary Awards were again considered for Grads, despite the unusual circumstances. The County Foundation has approved the following grants which were facilitated by Prince Edward Collegiate Institute:
From three applications this year, The Guenther Wetzel Trades Bursary was awarded to Joseph Monroe from PECI. Joseph will attend Loyalist College where his $1,500 award will be applied to the Electrical Techniques Program.
From a dozen applications and an excellent cross section of the female student body at PECI two selections were made:
The Virginia Cowan Memorial Bursary was awarded to Alexa Prinzen. Alexa will attend the Ridgetown Campus at the University of Waterloo, where her $1,500 award will be applied to her Agriculture studies.
The Virginia Cowan Memorial Bursary was awarded to Sydney Davies. Sydney will attend Queen’s University and her $1,500 award will be applied to becoming a teacher.
Congratulations to Bursary winners as you move forward in your career pursuits. We are proud of you all, and look forward to brighter and more stable times ahead.