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PHOTOS: Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School Class of 2018


YARMOUTH, N.S. – Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School graduated its Class of 2018 on the evening of June 28.

This year 163 students graduated from YCMHS.

The Class of 2018 Valedictorian was Olivia Hartley. 


The evening's guest speaker was West Nova MP Colin Fraser, a graduate of YCMHS. Here is a passage from his speech:

"For me, it is hard to believe that 22 years ago, in fact before you graduates were even born, I was sitting where you are with my fellow YCMHS graduates – the class of 1996."

"Through all the twists and turns of my career so far, I have observed 3 qualities that are shared almost universally by successful people no matter what field or career they are in. They will apply to those of you starting work right out of high school, going to university or community college, going into the Canadian Forces or getting into the fishery. And by the way successful doesn’t mean how much money you make, or what job you do, it means whether you are respected by your peers, whether you work hard and do a good job, whether you make your community a better place to live in, and probably most importantly whether you are content.

Those 3 qualities are confidence, integrity, and decency.

1. Confidence

We’ve all heard many times, how important, it is to believe in ourselves. And this is true, it is important to believe in yourself and to trust your own judgment.

I know from my own experience, sometimes I have spent too much time worrying what other people think of me. As a lawyer and now a politician, I can assure you if you spend all your time worrying about what people think of you, you’re going to have a very big problem.

Certainly you don’t disregard what others may think of you, but you have to take it in stride and believe in yourself. At the same time confidence needs to be balanced. I think people’s self-confidence can sometimes be misguided. Being confident, doesn’t mean you should always think you are right.  A real and true self-confidence means being open-minded to other ideas and ways of seeing things. Paradoxically it means having the ability to admit, perhaps more often than we would like, that we are wrong.  None of us has all the answers all the time, and those that claim they do, are either lying or delusional.

As John Wooden, legendary UCLA basketball coach once said “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts”.

Be confident, find the right balance, and appreciate that being humble is a part of being truly confident.

2. Integrity

Regardless of what career path you choose, nothing will make or break you more easily than your reputation.  It can define you in the mind of others both positively and negatively. For your own sake, make it as positive as you can and guard it with your life. It can take many years to build a solid reputation and it can vanish very quickly if you are not careful.

Building a good reputation means acting with integrity.  There is no substitute for acting ethically, honestly, and doing what you said you were going to do. Make it your practice and you will go far.   Of course, even the people with the most integrity in the world come up short sometimes, but integrity isn’t a matter of being perfect, it’s a matter of learning from your mistakes.   

3. Decency

Closely associated to acting with integrity, is decency. I think decency is summed up best by citing the “golden rule”.  Treat others the way you would want to be treated yourself. In order to do this, one has to be able to think objectively sometimes---in other words you have to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. We all fail to do this from time to time, but I think is a trait of good character that I usually notice in individuals who are successful.

Many facets of our society are adversarial. By their very nature, our legal and political systems are designed to have an opposing side. Sports competitions are meant to decide who wins and loses a particular game.  But unfortunately some people think winning is all that matters, and it doesn’t matter how you do it.  What some don’t realize is that honour and decency are part of life’s scoreboard.  

When you disagree with someone, you don’t win a debate by attacking them personally. Of course you take to task their argument, point out why you believe it is incorrect. Why it either logically, or factually doesn’t make sense. But acting with decency means you don’t attack them on irrelevant considerations, like their personal qualities or characteristics. I am very concerned that we are seeing this far too often in the public discourse today. With the advent of social media we see it every day on facebook and twitter, and many people are consumed by this sort of stuff.

But decency demands that we disagree without being disagreeable. We can’t stop talking to one another or people who are different than us, our society works on debating ideas and having civilized discussions, in order to persuade one another what is the best way forward. However, to come to proper conclusions we must act with decency towards one another.      

Confidence, Integrity, and Decency. They seem like obvious qualities that we would all want to have associated with our own character. But I’ve found it interesting how easy it is to forget them in our busy and crazy everyday lives. You are ending one chapter of your life and embarking on a new one. What an exciting time for you graduates, with all the opportunity and promise in the world. I have found that it is in these moments of transition in our lives that it is it is a good time for reflection. I think we would all do well to remind ourselves more often of these qualities of success I have touched on tonight.

So to the Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School Class of 2018, be confident, demonstrate your integrity, and be decent to yourselves and to each other.  Be your best selves, and you will be successful. All of us here tonight are very proud of you and we all wish you the best of luck. Congratulations and have a wonderful summer!"

  


YCMHS Awards List (as supplied by the school):

Morgan Amon-Williams: Royal Canadian Legion, Branch Number 61, Scholarship ($500)

Sydney Barr: Men’s Over 35 Basketball Bursary ($250), Mount Saint Vincent University (Renewable Entrance Scholarship $5500 x 4)

Skyler Baxter: NSSAF Ron O’Flaherty Scholar-Athlete Award, Male Athlete of the Year, Play 4 Gray ($100), Men’s Over 35 Basketball Bursary ($250), Michael J. Kendrick Memorial Bursary ($250), Royal Canadian Legion, Branch Number 61, Scholarship ($500), Acadia University (Renewable Scholarship $2000 x 4, Entrance Scholarship $2000)

Charity Belliveau: Canadian Merchant Navy Volunteer Award ($200)

Macey Bethune: Student Council Leadership Award ($150), Doug Thistle Hyundai Award ($500), Municipality of Yarmouth Award ($750), Acadia University (Renewable Scholarship $2000 x 4, Entrance Scholarship $3000)

Jenna Bishara: John Nause Memorial Liberal Bursary ($400), University of Prince Edward Island (Joseph Daly Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship $2000, Lettie M. Passmore Scholarship $1500)

Baylee Bowers: Canadian Merchant Navy Volunteer Award ($200)

Mary Beth Brown: Community Service Medal, Michael J. Kendrick Memorial Bursary ($250), Fraser Mooney Memorial Bursary ($400), Yarmouth County Fixed Gear Association Bursary ($500), Knights of Columbus Scholarship ($500), Ken Langille Memorial Bursary ($750), Coastal Financial Play for A’s: Computer Package, Acadia University (IB Renewable Scholarship $6000 x 4, Entrance Scholarship $1000)

Jenna Clayton: Divert Nova Scotia Champion of the Environment Scholarship ($2500), Saint Mary’s University (Renewable Entrance Scholarship $1000 x 4)

Caleb Cook: Acadia University (Renewable Scholarship $1000 x 4, Residence Scholarship $2500)

Anastacia Cook: The Leonard Foundation ($1500), Dalhousie University (Entrance Renewable Scholarship $2500 x 4, Entrance Renewable Bursary $5600, J & W Murphy Residence Bursary $10 000)

Skylar Cormier: Emily Allen Bursary ($2500), Acadia University (Renewable Scholarship $1000 x 4, Residence Scholarship $2500)

Paige Corporan: Saint Thomas University (Renewable Scholarship $1000 x 4)

Dylan d’Entremont: Play 4 Gray ($100)

Katie d’Eon: Catholic Women’s League Award: Saint Ambrose Cathedral ($200), Royal Canadian Legion, Branch Number 61, Scholarship ($500), Admiral Desmond Piers Memorial Scholarship ($750), Sea Cadet Scholarship Grant ($1000), Archway Insurance Staff Bursary ($1000 x 3)

Sarah Davis: Special Contribution School Award ($50), University of New Brunswick (William and Lois Payne Founders Scholarship $750 x 2, TD Insurance Maloche Monnex Entrance Scholarship $500 x 2)

Ana De Lima Ayub: Saint Thomas University (Renewable Scholarship $1000 x 4)

Chloe Deveau: Janice Penney Memorial Bursary ($100)

Naomi Deveau: Janice Penney Memorial Bursary ($100), Acadia University (Renewable Scholarship $1000 x 4, Residence Scholarship $2500)

Tai Do: Mount Saint Vincent University Scholarship (Renewable Entrance Scholarship $1500 x 4)

Brock Emin: Special Contribution School Award ($50), Andrew Everett Maxwell Memorial Award ($200), Michael J. Kendrick Memorial Bursary ($250), Union of Health and Environment Workers, Local 80166 ($500), Sally Kennedy Memorial Bursary ($1000), Acadia University (Renewable Scholarship $500 x 4, Residence Scholarship $2500, Entrance Scholarship $1279)

Kayla Everest: Janice Penney Memorial Bursary ($100), Canadian Merchant Navy Volunteer Award ($200)

Trinen Everest: Janice Penney Memorial Bursary ($100), Canadian Merchant Navy Volunteer Award ($200)

Sarah Faulkenham: Student Council Leadership Award ($150), Acadia University (Renewable Scholarship $2000 x 4, Entrance Scholarship $3000)

Jalisa Fells: Female Athlete of the Year, Special Contribution School Award ($50), Acadia University (Renewable Scholarship $500 x 4, Residence Scholarship $2500)

Emma Fitzgerald: Acadia University (Renewable Scholarship $2500 x 4, Residence Scholarship $2500)

Thomas Gabriel: Community Service Medal, Saint Ambrose Parish Award ($500), Department of Education African Nova Scotian Entrance Scholarship ($1800), Emily Allen Bursary ($2500)

Destiny Gallagher: Canadian Merchant Navy Volunteer Award ($200)

Wyatt Gates: Special Contribution School Award ($50), MacDonald-Chisholm Trask Insurance Bursary ($500), Knights of Columbus Scholarship ($500), Acadia University (Renewable Scholarship $4000 x 4, Entrance Scholarship $1000, Entrance Scholar-Bursary $1279)

Harmon Grimshaw-Surette: Male Athlete of the Year, Special Contribution School Award ($50), Royal Canadian Legion, Branch Number 61, Scholarship ($500), TCRSB Memorial Bursary ($500), John Oliver Memorial Bursary ($1000), Dalhousie University (Entrance Scholarship $3750)

Olivia Hartley: Valedictorian Medal, Queen Elizabeth II Medal, Student Council Leadership Award ($150), Michael J. Kendrick Memorial Bursary ($250), Dr. Charles A. and Mary P. Webster Award ($500), Elsie Hemon Award ($500), Mount Allison University (Enhanced Entrance Scholarship $3000 x 4)

Ciara Jeffery-Bent: Acadia University (Renewable Scholarship $2000 x 4, Entrance Scholarship $2000, Entrance Scholar-Bursary $3300)

Drake Johnson-Newell: Department of Education African Nova Scotian University Entrance Scholarship ($4500)

Allison LeBlanc: Catholic Women’s League Award, Saint Ambrose Cathedral ($200), Bill Covert Award ($500)

Maria LeBlanc: Canadian Merchant Navy Volunteer Award ($200)

Zach LeBlanc: Yarmouth Mazda Award ($250)

Kaia Lowe: Student Council Leadership Award ($150), Clarence Olsen Memorial Award ($200), Yarmouth Area Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneurship Scholarship ($1500)

Matt MacPherson: Play 4 Gray ($100), Men’s Over 35 Basketball Bursary ($250)

Ryan McCauley: Waterloo Certificate of Distinction, Gary S. Killam Physics Award, Margo Smith-LeBlanc Math Bursary ($1000), Acadia University (Renewable Scholarship $5000 x 3)

Elliot McDonnell: Saint Mary’s University (Renewable Entrance Scholarship $3500)

Hallie Moore: Yarmouth County Minor Hockey Association Bursary ($300), Nikol J.A. Balcom Award of Merit Scholarship ($1000)

Avery Moses: Dalhousie University (Entrance Scholarship $750)

Rileigh Mosley: Richie Hubbard Memorial Liberal Bursary Award ($400), Acadia University (Renewable Scholarship $1000 x 4, Residence Scholarship $2500)

MacKenzie Muise: Knights of Columbus Scholarship ($500), Town of Yarmouth Centennial Bursary ($750), Sally Kennedy Memorial Bursary ($1000), Yarmouth Area Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneurship Scholarship ($1500), Dalhousie University (Lockward Memorial Renewable Scholarship $4000 x 4, First Nations and Indigenous Black Students Scholarship $3000 x 4, Residence Scholarship $6000)

Shannon Nickerson: Saint Thomas University (Frank McKenna Scholarship $26 500)

Brogan O’Brien: Elizabeth Woodward Business Award ($100)

Tiffany-Lynn O’Connell: Special Contribution School Award ($50)

Liam Pepin: Governor General Award, Yarmouth Arts Regional Council Scholarship ($500)

Summer Pitman: Meyer Abraham Memorial Bursary ($500)

Mikaela Rhodenizer: Marlene Sweeney 4H Scholarship ($500), University of Prince Edward Island (Entrance Award $1000)

Drew Robichaud: Student Council Leadership Award ($150), Leo Mooney Memorial Liberal Bursary Award ($400), Acadia University (Renewable Scholarship $1000 x 4, Residence Scholarship $2500)

Nathan Robichaud: Schulich Leader Scholarship Nominee, Harvey Studios Scholarship ($400), Mount Allison University (Bell Scholarship $12 000 x 4)

Abbey Saulnier: Special Contribution School Award ($50), Student Council Leadership Award ($150), Canadian Merchant Navy Volunteer Award ($400), Nova Scotia Freemasons Bursary, Hiram Lodge #12 ($500), Pink, Star, Barro Law Award ($500), Saint Ambrose Parish Award ($500), RBC Foundation ($1000)

Hannah Saulnier: Men’s Over 35 Basketball Bursary ($250), Arcadia Women’s Institute ($500), Saint Mary’s University (Renewable Entrance Scholarship $2000 x 4)

Hayden Saulnier: Acadia University (Renewable Scholarship $1000 x 4, Residence Scholarship $2500, Entrance Scholar-Bursary $1000)

Micha Schaus: Acadia University (Renewable Scholarship $1000 x 4, Residence Scholarship $2500)

Oceana Sheppard: Dalhousie University (J & W Murphy Renewable Scholarship $10 000 x 4)

Josh Surette: Acadia University (Renewable Scholarship $1000 x 4, Residence Scholarship $2500)

Sophie Surette: Student Council Leadership Award ($150), Eastern Woodland Metis Association ($200), Michael J. Kendrick Memorial Bursary ($250), Arcadia Women’s Institute ($500), Knights of Columbus Scholarship ($500), Dalhousie University (Entrance Renewable Scholarship $2666 x 3)

Madison Sweeney: Yarmouth NDP Book Award, Community Service Medal, Perfect Attendance, 2017-2018 ($50), Student Council Leadership Award ($150), Canadian Merchant Navy Volunteer Award ($200), Blackadar Kirk Memorial Scholarship ($700), Acadia University (Renewable Scholarship $1500 x 4, Entrance Scholarship $3500, Renewable Scholarship-Bursary $4000 x 4)

Deniz Tabakci: Waterloo Certificate of Distinction, Waterloo Euclid Medal, Brian Boudreau Memorial Manager Award ($500)

Sylvia Thibault: Saint Ambrose Parish Award ($500)

Hannah Thurston: Special Contribution School Award ($50)

Connor Trask: Play 4 Gray ($100), Men’s Over 35 Basketball Bursary ($250)

Josh White: Murray GM Award ($500)

Kylie Wilson: Rotary Club of Yarmouth Volunteerism Award ($300)

Eli Wood: Michael J. Kendrick Memorial Bursary ($250), Lesley Anne Doucet Achievement Award ($250), Mount Allison University (Enhanced Scholarship $2000 x 4, Joyce Foundation Purdy Crawford Bursary $5000 x 4)

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