Father Georges H. Primeau Award recipient Matthew Long is flanked by Principal Vic Pedersen and Learning Support Facilitator Sandee Blackburn at the Annual Awards Night held June 25 at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre.
By Lucie Roy
Morinville – Georges H. Primeau students and parents gathered at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre June 25 to celebrate the end of school with an awards night.
The ceremony included the Complimentary Course Awards, Fine Arts, Cultural and Religious Awards, Honours Awards for Grades 5 to 8, and the Grade 7 and 8 Athletic and Physical Education Awards. Also presented was the Service Through Active Responsibility (STAR) award consisting of the STAR and Super Star Awards, the Knights of Columbus Leadership Awards and the school’s top honour, the Father Primeau Award.
Learning Support Facilitator Sandee Blackburn present the Primeau award to Matthew Long. “Our school’s namesake, Father Georges Henri Primeau, was nicknamed the Fireball Priest, and for a good reason,” Blackburn said during the presentation. “He was a dedicated leader, promoter and was very active in our community for 12 years as our parish priest. During that time he spearheaded many community groups ranging from the Morinville Drum and Bugle Band to the boy scouts. He had a soft spot for youth and many of his projects were geared towards them.”
Blackburn said Primeau had the ability to bring the best out of people, and promoted service and volunteerism in the community, loyalty and respect to all. “He proved that giving of one’s self was the most rewarding thing you can do,” Blackburn said. “Here at Primeau we have been honouring these qualities with this award for over 30 years.”
The Knights of Columbus Leadership Awards for Grade 7 were presented to Bryn Karch and Amy Van Brabant. Karch was also the recipient of the Grade 7 Physical Education Award, Robotics Award , Boys Badminton Rookie of the Year and Junior Boys Basketball Rookie of the Year. Both were recognized with an Honour Award along with the 43 other Grade 7 students for Academic Excellence for having achieved an average of 80 percent or better.
The Knights of Columbus Top Honours Award for Grade 7 was presented to Steven Vansevenandt and the Personal Excellence through Perseverance Award for Grade 7 went to Chelsea Hagel and Tyrell Flett.
Grade 8 had 59 students recognized for Honours Awards with the Knights of Columbus Top Honours Award presented to Natasha Kryger. Kryger also received the Most Dedicated Musician and Grade 8 French as a Second Language Award.
The Personal Excellence through Perseverance Award for Grade 8 went to Kendra Geisler and Hyram Oliver. The Athletes of the Year awards went to Grade 7 student Raven Falardeau and Grade 8 Cooper Kendra. Falardeau was also the Girls Badminton Most Valuable Player, Girls Volleyball Most Valuable Player and Jr. Girls Basketball Most Improved Player.
The Super Star Award went to Ethan Nyal also the recipient of the Grade 8 Outdoor Education Award.
The Knights of Columbus Grade 8 Leadership Awards went to Sara Kluthe and Dominik Faust.
Haillee Reaume was the recipient of the Grade 6 French Immersion Award and one of the 57 Grade 6 students to receive the Honours Award.
Other presentations included the Knights of Columbus Leadership Award, presented to Grade 5 students Katie Campbell and Logan House and for Grade 6, Brooke Froment and Ethan Lessard were the recipients. Froment was also the recipient of the Girls Volleyball Rookie of the Year and Jr. Girls Basketball Rookie of the Year and Physical Education award. Lessard also received the Career Technologies and Grade 6 Religion Award.
The Super Star Award went to Julia Swanson. The Knights of Columbus Top Honours Award went to Kelsi Christoffersen.
The Personal Excellence through Perseverance Award went to Grade 6 student Candance Quewezance and Joshua Podolas and for Grade 5, the award was presented to Caidyn Falkowski and Brodie Stuart.
Mr. David Keohane Superintendent of Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools and Morinville Ward Trustee Noreen Radford were also on hand to present some of the 338 awards, along with Rita Hebert of the Helping Hand, Paul Froment of the Knights of Columbus and the school’s many teachers.