Local schools competed with other high schoolers from across the country in an event based more on sportsmanship than the score.
Chedabucto Education Centre/Guysborough Academy (CECGA), SAERC, and the Dr. JH Gills Regional High School, participated in the Youth Games and Special Olympics in Toronto, running from May 13 to May 18.
Rachel Kuramoto, core French teacher with the Guysborough School, called it a once in a lifetime experience for most of the students and herself. She said the opening ceremonies were phenomenal and the kids were able to play a lot of basketball and enjoy an athlete dance. They also got to see some of Toronto.
In an interesting coincidence, SAERC and CECGA ended up ranked in the same division and played each other. This was the first year for a unified sport team for the Guysborough school
Two local schools picked up provincial banners at the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation’s
Track and Field Championship over the weekend at Acadia University. St. Andrew Junior School captured the Junior Female Division title while Dr. JH Gillis Regional High School were Intermediate Female Division Champions. New Glasgow Academy finished second in Junior Boys
Several local students have won provincial medals in the trades in the annual Skills Canada-
Gracie Glencross of Dr. JH Gillis Regional High School, a gold medalist in baking
Nova Scotia competition.
Among the local gold medalists were Gracie Glencross of Dr. JH Gillis Regional High School in
Baking and Alberto Collasius of Cape Breton Highlands Education Centre and Academy in Cooking. Jake MacNeil of SAERC won gold in Welding.
It was a clean medal sweep for the NSCC Strait Area campus
Carpentry (Secondary) Silver Medalist David Stewart of Dr. JH Gillis Regional High School with the $10,000 worth of the tools won by his school from Stanley Black and Decker Canada in the Skills Canada-Nova Scotia Competition
in Industrial Control, with Randall McCara winning gold, Michael Campbell capturing silver and Dawson MacDonald awarded bronze.
Local Silver medalists were David Stewart of Dr. JH Gillis in Carpentry, and Zach Pottie of the NSCC Strait Area Campus in Steamfitter-Pipefitter. Bronze Medalists included Derrek Bingley-Webber of the NSCC Pictou Campus in Electronics and Pamela Haley of NSCC Strait Area Campus in Carpentry.
Also Dr. JH Gillis Regional High School won $10,000 worth of tools, donated by Stanley Black and Decker Canada.
A Grade 11 student at Dr. JH Gillis Regional High School in Antigonish, Harmony Adesola has finished first for his music video in the 2018 East Coast Music Association-TD’s Music Moves Me Program.
The first place prize includes one thousand dollars for the school’s music program, a ticket for Harmony and one adult chaperone to attend the East Coast Music Awards show in Halifax tonight, a peformance at the awards and a guaranteed acceptance to the free TD Soundwaves Student Conference on Friday.
Adesola was scheduled to peform at the ECMA 30th anniversary Kick-Off Waterfront Concert yesterday.
The Theatre Arts class at Dr. JH Gillis Regional High School in Antigonish is performing a series of short plays that explores the complexities of love. The romantic comedy is called “Almost Maine” by John Cariani, and directed by Jenn Laudadio. The plays are set in a community called Almost, in northern Maine near the Canadian Border. The seven small plays have quick references to one another. “Almost Maine” is playing Monday and Tuesday night at 7:30 at the Bauer Theatre.
One of the actors in the production is Victoria Rankin, featured in the play “Where it all Went”.
Mohammed El Imam also featured in “Where it all Went” with Rankin says he is enjoying his first experience performing the Bauer stage.
One of the actors in the show is Harmony Adesola, who is featured in the play “Sad and Glad”, a character torn between his ex-girlfriend and a new love.
There are 22 students in the class, representing nine different cultures, including international students and students who moved to Canada from other countries. Proceeds from the performances will fund the class trip to Dramafest 2018 this year. Admission is by donation.
Several local teams came home with provincial championship banners from Monday’s 2017 NSSAF Cross Country Championship in Halifax.
Dr. JH Gillis Regional Royals Intermediate Women and Senior Women teams won provincial titles. The Junior Women’s title was also won by a local team from Saint Andrew Junior School. The Senior Men’s team from Dr. JH Gillis and the Junior Men’s team from Saint Andrew Junior School finished second in their divisions.
Four local runners also made the podium in their events. Daniel Mombourquette of East Richmond Education Centre finished second in Junior Men’s, Emma Cameron of Saint Andrew Junior School was third in Junior Women’s, Allie Sandluck of North Nova Education Centre finished third in Intermediate Women’s and Raymond Simpson of North Nova Education Centre came Third in Senior Men’s.