Year-end festivities and traditions are underway. Prom committee spent months preparing for May 27. From 7:30 to 10:30 students from all grades attended the MSS Ballroom Masquerade. The DJ was Blake Debassige, and students danced along to the music such as ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It,’ ‘The Cha-cha Slide,’ ‘Cotton-Eyed Joe,’ and ‘Girl Crush.’ Students dressed their best and donned masks for the event. The online poll for prom royalty closed at 9 pm on Friday, and organizer Alexa Gordon announced the two prom queens: Carolyn Glasby and Rebecca Dawson. Except for a suspicious bunny in Jordan’s top hat, prom was enjoyable and without incident.
On Friday the 2016, graduating class elected Max Chapman to represent them as valedictorian at the June 9 graduation ceremony. A number of excellent choices were nominated by their peers and each had to present a short speech to the Grade 12s to earn their votes. Max will now prepare his valedictorian address, which promises to be memorable. Family and friends of the graduates are invited to the ceremony, which will take place at MSS in the gymnasium at 7 pm on June 9.
Career day took place on Wednesday, May 25. Each student had six sessions to attend throughout the day. In the morning, students went to their block C classes to receive their schedules and do a wordsearch for a draw to win $50 gift certificate to Ryland’s in Mindemoya. At 9:30 am students went to their first sessions. Students were assigned to six of the following careers: Doctor, teacher, journalist, DJ and event coordinator, Manitoulin Transport, Manitoulin Chrysler, heavy machine operator, carpenter, agriculture and food service, lawyer, police officer, veterinarian, Canadian Armed Forces, musician, massage therapist, nurse, physiotherapist, psychologist, paramedic, and an arborist. Students were able to ask the presenters questions about the careers, and find out more about what they would consider doing as a profession. Several of the presenters were MSS alumni including Kevin Closs, a professional musician; Janelle Proulx, a family and real estate lawyer; Nicole Fox, a Grade 1 teacher at Lakeview and others. Janelle Proulx said, “I think that it is great for professionals like myself to be able to come into your school and share our experiences with students.”
Delaney Madore, a Grade 10 student at MSS said, “Career day really helped me look at the career I want to go into, and showed me other jobs in that field. My favourite part of the day was the physiotherapy session.”
Denver Leeson, also a Grade 10 student, said, “Career day was really informative and helpful. The nursing and paramedic sessions were really helpful because those were the two I learned the most from and I was able to carry a casual and informative conversation with both nurses that came.”
Manitoulin Secondary School is hosting an e-waste recycling event on June 11 from 9 am to 3 pm to collect old and unused electronics to raise money for the SHARE/Go Green project in Kenya. The Ontario Electronic Stewardship Recovery Program allows the public to dispose of electronic waste free of charge and pays SHARE $186 for each tonne collected. This win-win event keeps recyclable waste out of landfills and supports a fundraising initiative. Items that can be dropped off include old phones, computers, laptops, printers, monitors, radios, cables and power tools. At the event there will also be a plant sale and household battery drive. E-waste drop-off can also be arranged from 3 to 5 pm from June 13-17.
The Track and Field team competed at NOSSA in Sudbury on May 25-26. Twenty-four students competed in various events representing our school well with positive attitudes and sportsmanship. James Scott, a Grade 10 student at MSS, will be travelling to Windsor for OFSAA after placing second in all three of his races. James will be competing in the 800 meter run and the 1500 meter run in Windsor. Jackie Cooper, Mackenzie Turner, and Bryce Mastelko will also be travelling to Toronto for OFSAA Tennis. We are wishing the best of luck to all of our competing athletes.
There is just one month left of school, and MSS is busier than ever with the focus switching to culminating projects and exam preparation in the coming weeks. ‘Til next time, stay golden, Mustangs.