Hats off to the J.L. Crowe Secondary School’s 2015 graduating class. The annual graduation ceremony was held Friday night in the Cominco Arena kicking off a weekend of festivities.

Hats off to the J.L. Crowe Secondary School’s 2015 graduating class. The annual graduation ceremony was held Friday night in the Cominco Arena kicking off a weekend of festivities.

J.L. Crowe grad class reminded to be ‘bold and unconquerable’

J.L. Crowe Secondary School’s 177 graduates walked across the stage on Friday night.



J.L. Crowe Secondary School’s 177 graduates walked across the stage on Friday night, symbolizing the end of high school and the beginning of something new.

One by one, the grads were given their diplomas and scholarships as parents, friends and family hooted and hollered from the stands in the Cominco Arena.

Friday’s cap and gown ceremony kicked off J.L. Crowe grad weekend as each graduate was given their diploma, had their tassel moved to the other side of their caps and got a chance to share the end of their public school journey with their loved ones and peers.

This year’s valedictorian, Jacob Verhelst, commended the graduates on their perseverance over the last five years, and looked towards the future, asking the students to remain “unconquerable.”

“A wise person once said, live in the present, the past has its lessons that you have learned and is long gone. So leave it behind you and focus on the future that you have in front of you,” he told the crowd.

“There will be times when it seems like the world is against us. When our well-thought-out plans can change, where the task seems impossible, but we have learned to adapt. Our paths to our goals may not be clear straight lines. That is why we need to believe in ourselves. We have to remember to be bold and unconquerable.”

He put on a pair of neon-coloured sunglasses and in closing, told his fellow graduates, in the words of singer Lady Gaga, “Do not allow people to dim your shine because they are blinded. Tell them to put on some sunglasses.”

His inspirational message was complemented by this year’s guest speaker, Alysha Baker and her words of experience and advice.

She graduated from J.L. Crowe in 2008 and is now a PhD candidate in forensic psychology at the University of British Columbia at only 24 years old. Her message to grads promoted the value of hard work and focus, encouraging them to follow their goals, and put in the necessary effort.

“As I look back, I couldn’t help by think that I have always been working and I don’t mean it in the aimless and mindless sense of doing work,” she told the grads looking back on her path to where she is now. “Every stage in my life I was always working towards something. Working hard and being focussed is key in ensuring success, regardless of context.

“Although I am fairly smart, I am nowhere near the smartest kid in the class – not even top five – but I worked hard to be competitive in every aspect of my life with those who were naturally talented.”

Baker told the grads that there was nothing stopping them from being as successful as they wanted to be, as long as the put in that hard work.

Once the speeches were finished, the scholarships handed out and the diplomas distributed, the J.L. Crowe graduating class of 2015 threw their caps in the air in the graduation tradition as the audience whistled and clapped for the end of their high school careers.

The rest of the weekend was all about the graduates, with the Dry Grad on Friday night and the Memory Walk, formal photos at Gyro Park and prom on Saturday night.

Just Posted

Photo courtesy of Mercer Celgar
Mercer Celgar to install new technology thanks to $4.5 million in federal funds

Project features process to improve fibre processing and address regional fibre availability issues

Asian clams versus native B.C. clams comparison. Photo: Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society
Invasive Asian Clams found in Pend D’Oreille River

Watercraft users and anglers are urged to clean, drain and dry gear

The KBRH Gratitude Mural by Tyler Toews was unveiled at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital on June 9. L-R: Kala Draney, third year med student, Dr. Scot Mountain, Diane Shendruk from IH, Dr. Carolyn Stark, Dr. Sue Benzer, Dr. Kristen Edge, James Brotherhood, Dr. Dennis Small, and Dr. Sue Babensee. Photo: Submitted
Kootenay Boundary doctors offer a healthy dose of goodness with Gratitude Mural

Its red ribbon is in the shape of a heart rising above a Kootenay Boundary mountain scene

A cougar, or cougars, went on a killing rampage at a small Fruitvale farm. Photo: Thomas S. on Unsplash
Cougar euthanized after taking out small animal farm in Fruitvale

Wildlife interactions, poachers or polluters should be reported to RAPP at 1.877.952.7277

The Trail Smoke Eaters will open the 2021 season on Oct. 8 against the Cranbrook Bucks in Cranbrook, and will have their home opener the next night against the same Bucks. Photo: Jack Murray
BC Hockey League announces 54-game schedule to begin in October

Trail Smoke Eaters open season with home-and-home series versus Cranbrook Bucks

Maxwell Johnson is seen in Bella Bella, B.C., in an undated photo. The Indigenous man from British Columbia has filed complaints with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Commission after he and his granddaughter were handcuffed when they tried to open a bank account. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Heiltsuk Nation, Damien Gillis, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
VIDEO: Chiefs join human rights case of Indigenous man handcuffed by police in B.C. bank

Maxwell Johnson said he wants change, not just words, from Vancouver police

An inmate in solitary confinement given lunch on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. THE CANADIAN/Lars Hagberg
22-hour cap on solitary confinement for youth in custody still too long: B.C. lawyer

Jennifer Metcalfe was horrified to hear a youth had spent a total of 78 straight days in isolation

Old growth in the Columbia Valley, in the Kinbasket area. (Photo submitted)
Wildsight: Old-growth forests are being logged in Golden

Wildsight says that Canfor has been logging old growth at the Blaeberry headwaters

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

B.C. Premier John Horgan listens as Finance Minister Selina Robinson presents the province’s latest budget, April 20, 2021. The budget projects $19 billion in deficits over three years. (Hansard TV)
B.C. government budget balloons, beyond COVID-19 response

Provincial payroll up 104,000 positions, $10 billion since 2017

Ocean debris is shown on Long Beach in Tofino, B.C. on April, 18, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Shoreline cleanup finds COVID-related trash increased during height of the pandemic

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup reports litter from single-use food packaging nearly doubled

Doctor David Vallejo and his fiancee Doctor Mavelin Bonilla hold photos of themselves working, as they kiss at their home in Quito, Ecuador, Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Doctor Vallejo and Doctor Bonilla suspended their wedding in order to tend to COVID-19 patients and in the process Vallejo got sick himself with the disease, ending up in an ICU for several days. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Love, sacrifice and surviving COVID-19: one couple’s story

COVID hits Ecuadorian doctors who delayed wedding to treat sick

St. Joseph's Mission site is located about six kilometres from Williams Lake First Nation. (Photo submitted)
Williams Lake First Nation to search residential school site for unmarked graves

St. Joseph’s Mission Indian Residential School operated from 1886 to 1981

Tuesday’s Lotto Max draw went unclaimed. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Tuesday’s Lotto Max draw went unclaimed. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lotto Max jackpot goes unclaimed again

42 of the 64 Maxmillion prizes of $1 million were won, the majority were sold in Ontario

Most Read