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CCHS students bring grad to Elise
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
CCHS Graduating students.
LORI PRENTICE
On Friday May 30, 2014 a school bus ride that started at 6:00 a.m. ended in a special day for 16 graduates of Crowsnest Consolidated High School (CCHS).
When the Grad class of 2014 first learned that fellow classmate Elise Kwan would not be able to attend their graduation ceremony on May 8, they were very disappointed. Elise, in Edmonton at the Stollery Children’s Hospital, was also upset that she would miss spending this day with her many friends, but travel was simply not an option at that time.
Wes Wescott, principal of CCHS, and Lori Prentice, counsellor, put their heads together and tried to think of how they could facilitate Elise’s graduation dreams.
During the grad ceremony at the Coleman Sportsplex on May 8, it was announced that a group of grads would be travelling to Edmonton later that month to bring grad to Elise since Elise could not come to grad. And that is what happened.
Sixteen grads were able to free up their schedules on May 30 and had the day off to travel to Edmonton. Weighed down with dress bags that held their grad gowns along with pillows, snacks and blankets the group of 11 girls and five boys boarded a CCHS bus and left for Edmonton at 6 a.m.
Around Red Deer they started doing their hair, by Leduc the makeup brushes were pulled out and by the time they got to the Stollery Hospital all they needed to do was get changed. The staff of the Stollery met them at the door and ushered them into a room where the kids could change into their grad finery.
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They were joined in a special room called “The Beach,” by Elise’s family, medical staff and the educational staff of the hospital as well as other patients and their families. Prentice and the CCHS grads had brought along all of the things necessary for a graduation including her grad tassel, a cap and gown photo, a grad go cup, Elise’s Fun Award and of course her certificate signed by Wescott. Students visited, had lunch and then got down to the ceremony.
It was a moving moment when Elise’s 16 fellow students formed an honor arch and cheered as Elise, in a beautiful gown, walked beneath their arms to receive her certificate. After everyone posed for photos and wiped their tears Elise was surrounded by her friends who had brought presents, cards and lots of hugs and laughter. Although Elsie has been away since July it was as if no time had passed with these teens.
Two and a half hours later the grads changed back into their sweats and boarded the bus again, bound for the Crowsnest Pass. They arrived home at 10:30 p.m., tired but happy that they had spent the afternoon with Elise and her family. It was an incredibly powerful day, and a testament to the strength of friendship and the amazingly kind nature of this group of kids.
Special thanks to: Chloe Rothlin, Taylor Armstrong, Tyler Woitte, Jill Montalbetti, Zach Wall, Raegan Jackson, Alexis Bohmer, Heather Anctil, Josh Leman, Sara Hewison, Karlie Stella, Alex Budgen, Dakota LaDuke, Shawn Redman, Kiana Miskulin, Taylor Ironmonger and Becky Rinaldi.
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