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Letter: SD73 salutes the grads of 2022

There are so many people who have come to care about you and who take an interest in what you will do next
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I am proud of SD73 graduates who are coming from every community across our district. Each graduate deserves to be recognized and celebrated for their many accomplishments.

Graduates were challenged in unforeseen ways throughout the global pandemic. I am so proud of each of you for persisting through these challenges. You have adapted to changing learning environments and become more resilient as you overcame obstacles to reach your goals.

I have been lucky enough to be a coach and I know that reaching your many goals required more than talent. It required commitment to practice, the ability to take feedback and see it as constructive (a skill in itself that will serve you well in life), to act on the feedback and, most importantly, to never give up on yourself.

You have made many friends and mentors in your high school years and my hope for you is that you continue to grow these friendships and take on new challenges to learn and grow.

On behalf of the Kamloops-Thompsin board of education, congratulations, and we stand in awe and immense gratitude for your commitment to yourselves and to those who stood by you.

Heather Grieve
chair, Kamloops-Thompson board of education


As we take these next few weeks to celebrate the graduating students in each school within School District 73, I am struck by not only their academic achievements, but their many personal successes.

So many of you have been on multiple sports teams — soccer, rugby, volleyball, basketball and hockey, to name a few. You have also shared your talents in the fine arts through band, art and drama. Importantly, you gave back through volunteer roles in schools and in the community, with Big Brothers Big Sisters, 4-H clubs and Habitat for Humanity being examples.

I thank each of you for your persistence in developing who you are and who you are meant to become.

I hope you continue to visit and share your life moments as you enter post-secondary programs, start careers and go on life ventures, such as international travel.

There are so many people who have come to care about you and who take an interest in what you will do next.

On behalf of the superintendent’s office and administration, thank you to the parents, family members, friends and staff members who stood by this class of 2022 and to the graduates for all you have accomplished.

Rhonda Nixon
superintendent, Kamloops-Thompson school district