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Students Receive Awards from Drug Task Force

May 20, 2016

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The Swift Current and District Drug Task Force annual Recognition Luncheon was held on May 19, where three chinook students received awards. Congratulations to Peter, Griffin and Kaitlin (pictured left to right), the Chinook Board of Education is very proud of your accomplishments!

Peter Gallagher - “Youth Award”

Peter Gallagher is a grade 11 student at SCCHS. Since grade 9, Peter has been involved in school groups including Peer Support and SADD. Peter is a genuinely kind young man. He is welcoming and accepting of all people. Peter works diligently and has become known as the "master fundraiser" through his efforts with SADD. One previous teacher shared, "Peter is a shining example of what it means to be a model student. He is hard-working, resilient, joyful and willing to make others a priority. His presence in my classroom…made a world of difference, as, because of his modelling, students were more willing to share honest opinions and ideas". Peter may be best known to the school community for being the smiling and friendly guy who holds the front door of the school open daily for staff and students. His positive mood and outlook is very much appreciated!

Griffin Funk - “Youth Positive Lifestyle Award”

The Youth Positive Lifestyle Award is presented to Griffin Funk. Griffin is a grade 10 student who started at Maverick school this semester. In the short time Griffin has been at Maverick, he has shown growth and leadership, setting goals (such as learning how to play the guitar and performing amazingly at the coffee houses) and despite peer pressure, he continues to make healthy and positive choices. Described as humble and kind-hearted, Griffin appears to be quietly confident. Maverick staff shared "Griffin meets his needs in positive ways. He skateboards and plays guitar for fun, power and achievement and likely to cultivate a sense of love and belonging also. I appreciate that he is a very active member of various social groups, while remaining true to his conviction to live a clean and drug-free life.". 

Kaitlin Olmsted - “Youth Leadership Award”

Grade 12 SCCHS student, Kaitlin Olmsted, is described as an incredibly hard-working and detail focused young woman who is dedicated to her academics, school activities and community. For the last four years, Kaitlin has worked tirelessly on her studies, maintaining an over 90% average. One teacher shared, "In her courses, Kaitlin could easily use her intellect as a club to be wielded like a weapon-she instead uses her considerable abilities to assist others; she consistently receives praise and recognition when evaluated by her peers. She is a natural leader.” 
Kaitlin's quiet leadership is invaluable in all that she does including her involvement with the school's elite bands, as yearbook editor and drama stage manager. For her excellent leadership abilities, Kaitlin won best stage manager at the provincial drama festival last year. She was the SCCHS 2015/2016 nominee for the Schulich Leadership Award. This award recognizes a promising student who plans to pursue her dreams and become the next global pioneer in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

Thank you to the Swift Current and District Drug Task Force for the photo and student biographies. 

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