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Castlegar grad weekend events – Castlegar News

Castlegar grad weekend events - Castlegar News

Stanley Humphries Secondary School will hold grad festivities this weekend. Photo (2017): Betsy Kline

Stanley Humphries Secondary School will hold grad festivities this weekend. Photo (2017): Betsy Kline

Castlegar grad weekend events

Stanley Humphries Secondary students will be graduating this weekend

The Stanley Humphries Secondary School Class of 2022 will be celebrating their accomplishments this weekend.

Event schedule:

Commencement Ceremony — The official cap and gown ceremony featuring diplomas, speeches and awards will take place on Friday, June 17, at Selkirk College from 5 – 7 p.m. The ceremony is for family only.

Car Parade — Come out and cheer on your favourite grad as they parade from the high school to the Castlegar Community Complex. The event will take place on Saturday, June 18 at 7 p.m. The parade will route from the school on 7th Avenue to the hospital intersection (10th Street) and then on to Columbia Avenue to 20th Street then turning onto 6th Avenue and entering the Community Complex parking lot. Everyone is invited to watch the parade.

Grand March — The Grand March is for grads and families only and will be held at the Doukhobor Discovery Centre. Grads will take photos between the car parade and the start of the march at 5 p.m.

Prom — The prom will kick off at 8 p.m. and is only for grads, their dates and their parents.

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‘Really exciting’: Event gifts free outfits to make grad special

'Really exciting': Event gifts free outfits to make grad special

Grad dresses and suits, at one point priced for hundreds of dollars, were up for grabs for free this weekend for those who needed them.

The Sherwood Park Elks partnered with the Castle Downs Family YMCA to host the free event on Friday and Saturday.

Lacia Iron, a Grade 12 student graduating this year, travelled from northern Saskatchewan to get a dress.

“They are really expensive,” Iron said. “You are only wearing it for an hour or a couple of hours.”

“(It’s) the first time I can feel girly,” Iron added as she laughed.

For Cardinal Collins Millwoods student Jessica, the event represented an opportunity to get a grad dress and have some fun while searching the clothing racks.

“I think this is really exciting,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity to get something.”

Leonard Shain, a Sherwood Park Elks member, told CTV News Edmonton the organization started hosting the event in 2015 with 80 donated dresses.

They received more than 1,000 donations this year and expect to gift 100 suits and 200 dresses.

“We were hearing that there were some students not going to their graduation because they couldn’t afford the dress or suit, and they didn’t feel comfortable going to the event,” Shain said.

“We’ve had one student come in and said it was one less student loan she had to take by getting a dress donated to her,” he added. “It puts a smile on my face knowing that we are helping put a smile on someone else’s face.”

Karen Neff, Castle Downs Family YMCA manager, said participating in the volunteer-driven event is rewarding as it ensures the leaders of tomorrow receive a proper graduation.

“The confidence I see in some of the youth walking out of the facility with their phenomenal event attire has just been amazing,” she said.

For more information or to donate gently used grad wear, visit the Sherwood Park Elks’ Facebook page

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UNM grad student Jessica Yeaton competed in 5 events at Winter Olym…

UNM grad student Jessica Yeaton competed in 5 events at Winter Olym...

Jessica Yeaton

Australian cross-country skier Jessica Yeaton, a 30-year-old student in the doctor of physical therapy program at the University of New Mexico, finished 43rd in the women’s 30-kilometer mass start in 1 hour, 37 minutes, 6.1 seconds to close out her events at the Games.

It was her second time competing in the Winter Olympics.

Yeaton finished 31st in the 15K skiathlon on Feb. 5; 52nd in the sprint on Feb. 8; 51st in the 10K classic on Feb. 10, and eighth in the Team Sprint on Feb. 16.

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