Graduates of 2012
Courtney Hayes Campbell
English Award - Courtney Hayes
French Award - Courtney Hayes, Krystal Elmourne
Mathematics Award - Courtney Hayes
Science Award - Courtney Hayes
Academic Proficiency and Governor General's Award - Courtney Hayes
Just four short years ago, I came from a school of a thousand students to a school of under 80 students. I remember coming into the school and meeting Mona and Mr Edwards. At the time I was not very pleased with the situation I was put in causing me to constantly look at the negative side of everything. However it didn’t take long for things to look up for me. I quickly began to make friends and become aware of how a small school works.
I remember feeling like I would be in high school forever, and now its hard to believe that I am standing here in front of all of you making this speech! The times I have spent in this school will not be forgotten, but of course there are just some things you can’t forget! Even though I have only been here for four years I feel as if I've been here forever. I have gotten to know all my friends and teachers here so well. To me it was very strange to be so close to your teachers, but of course this school kept me learning! I now know that teachers are people too and they don’t sleep on desks at school, they just live in houses.
Throughout the years I always found it strange how this tiny school in the middle of nowhere was able to hold such challenges for me! Some I was able to conquer and others are still on hold. I have learned not to underestimate a small school. I remember feeling like all of my hard work was just for the teacher's satisfaction but have realised now that it was all for this one moment. To John and Courtney I wish the very best for both of you! Thanks to you guys I'll never forget chemistry class!
Even though I am happy to move on in my life, I will definitely miss the times I've shared and the people I met. Thank you all.
I’ve been at Escuminac Intermediate School since Pre-Kindergarten. I’ve thoroughly experienced this school over the years, and I have to say that it is definitely like no other. I’ve made amazing friends and have had amazing journeys with them. This school may be small, but because of that this experience has been unique. The past 13 years have been filled with hard work and memories that will last a lifetime.
What I will remember most about this school is our work ethic. Whether we’re working on projects or fundraising for a trip or any cause, so many students here have always put their all into what we do. The work has been tough, but it feels amazing to know that as graduates we have accomplished so much and worked so hard that we have really earned the right to stand here today. The staff at this school has pushed us towards our future no matter what grade. They’ve encouraged us to work hard and because of that we’ve been able to achieve success in so many of our academic ventures.
What first comes to mind when I think about this school are the incredible trips we’ve taken. I’ve been to Moncton once with this school and to Ottawa twice. All three of these trips were filled with laughter, fun, and even knowledge, shared both by students and teachers. Besides these amazing trips, we’ve also enjoyed ski trips over the years. There have been so many wonderful experiences. We’ve had so many laughs at the hotels, out shopping, and on the slopes. One thing that Escuminac School has always given to us in the opportunity to explore, to laugh, and to enjoy our country.
I will miss conversations with teachers, experiences with friends, and the way this school has made everyone within it so close to one another, but I am looking forward to moving on to a new and bigger place, accompanied by some old friends and hopefully some new friends. It will be a big change, but Escuminac has prepared me for the work that is to come.
I would like to thank Ms. Harrison for sticking with us in French. We’ve improved so much because of her. I’d like to thank Mr. Edwards for giving us so much to learn about. We’ve looked at some very diverse and interesting topics in his classes. I’d like to thank Ms. Larose for pushing us so much. She has helped us succeed in a lot.. And Mr. Dow, for teaching us so much about life as well as about literature. I never knew how much a person could truly learn before meeting him. I’d like to thank Mr. Ross for trying so hard to make sure his students understand and succeed. He’s one of the hardest working teachers that I have ever met. You have to be a hard worker if you’re willing to teach something as impossible as physics. I’d like to thank Mrs. Boissonault for being so dedicated in our gym class and I’d like to thank my Chemistry teacher, Mrs. Cule, for being patient with us and being such an excellent teacher. Lastly I would like to thank Mr. Roussy, Mrs. Gray, Mrs. Price, and Mrs. Mundle for shaping me into the student that I am today. Because of you I have learned to read, write, and work. And of course, thank you to Mona for working hard on our graduation and for helping us throughout the years. I can’t speak for all of us since we haven’t all been at this school for 13 years, but I am sure that every teacher here has had an effect on us in some way or another. We will definitely never forget you.
And of course, I have to thank my parents. They’ve supported me all my life and have helped me achieve so much. They’ve taught me to work hard and to try and try again even though I may fail. I wouldn’t be standing here today if they hadn’t have raised me to want a good future for myself and to want to succeed in all things.
We will all be moving on to bigger things, but I’m sure that just like the past graduates of this school, we will never forget this place. This experience will stay with us throughout our future journeys, and I am thankful for the memories that it has left me with.