Lance Hiltz
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From: Friday, May 8, 2015 10:53 AM -0600
Subject:Student Day 2015!
Student Day 2015 was another huge success! There were approximately 200 people in attendance this year, including roughly 130 students and 30 EAs from across the Division, Board of Education Trustees, Horizon administrators and staff. Several students were among the presenters this year, sharing their own messages of anti-bullying and acceptance. These students were: Celine Ferre of St. Brieux School, Melanie Boyko of HCI, Jordyn Oleksyn of Wakaw School, Jeremy Junk of Annaheim School, Katelyn Behiel of Muenster School and Jordan Dudgeon of Watson School. It takes courage for anyone to speak in front of a crowd, and these students showed great courage by standing up and speaking against bullying.  



Andy Thibodeau, professional speaker from London, Ontario, was the day’s first presenter. He shared inspirational stories from his life and lessons regarding positive student leadership. Andy has been a speaker since 1992, visiting over 3000 junior and senior high schools, conferences, universities and colleges in every Canadian province and 40 states.


During his afternoon presentation, Scott McHenry, Saskatchewan Roughrider and Grey Cup Champion, shared about his own personal experience with bullying and tips for positive personal relationships. McHenry has been touring several Saskatchewan schools to speak as part of the Red Cross Imagine No Bullying campaign.


Canadian country music artist, Codie Prevost – former student of Rose Valley School – closed the celebration with a performance that got students and staff up and dancing. After performing several songs solo, Codie was joined by Horizon’s own Ken Sogge (Coordinator of Information Services) on drums and local musician Trevor Ross on bass.  


The Student Day 2015 committee was made up of Marni Sogge, Kevin Garinger, Jennifer Lemky, David Holinaty, Nathan Bitternose, Kim Loose and Lance Hiltz. A huge “thank you” goes out to the Board of Education, the day’s presenters, Horizon administrators and staff; and of course, our students!