(Left to Right) 2020 Seven Summits Grads Sylvie Bedard, Yasmin Evans, Hanna Schulze, Stephan D’Appolonia, Clare Snelgrove and Jasmine Drolet. (Jennifer Margaret Photography photo)

Rossland Seven Summits graduates honoured in livestream ceremony

Even in the midst of a pandemic, graduates celebrated in style at Red Mountain

Rossland Seven Summits for Learning students were swaying hundreds of feet up on the Red Mountain chairlift to start their graduation ceremony on June 18.

The students were on a quest to make it to the summit of Red Mountain and take memorable grad photos for families and friends.

Stephan D’Appolonia, one of the graduates, said it was a bit surreal taking the chairlift late in the spring.

“This is definitely a privilege for us to be able to do this. I’m a little nervous to ride it,” D’Appolonia said. “I’ve never gone on the gondola in the summertime before. It’ll definitely be different compared to when I normally take it in the winter.”

Graduate Jasmine Drolet said she was grateful to have a ceremony as she hopped on the chairlift.

“I feel really lucky that the staff worked so hard for us to have a great graduation,” said Drolet. “I think that it’s amazing for us to be able to have this opportunity, even though COVID-19 is happening right now.”

As each graduate got off the chairlift later in the evening, six of their family members greeted them at the Red deck to have dinner.

Stacked Films videographer Uriel Milligan helped to record the graduates’ reunion with their family members and the rest of the evening festivities.

During a livestreamed portion of the dinner, dignitaries and school staff spoke about the students’ plans after graduation and helped to give out $8,615 in scholarships and awards.

One of the award recipients was Sylvie Bedard, who won the City of Rossland and District/Authority scholarships.

“Sylvie is a star who has shine brightly in all of her five years of high school at the centre,” said Mayor Kathy Moore in a statement.

D’Appolonia was also given awards from Ferraro Foods, Louis Mcbride Design and Construction and Revolution Cycles for his aspirations to become a certified auto body mechanic.

“The world of repair will have a long line of customers waiting on the horizon for you,” said a statement from D’appolonia’s parents.

“You have a great work ethic and you’re not afraid to roll up your sleeves.”

Heartfelt messages were also read aloud to SSL graduates Hanna Shulze, Clare Snelrove and Yasmin Evans.

Graduates also honoured SSL staff member Joyce Oostindie, who recently announced her departure from the school to be closer to her family.

At the end of the ceremony, students gathered together to throw their caps high up in the sky and mark the next chapter of their lives.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Graduation 2020

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Interior Health reports three additional COVID-19 cases in region

The number of cases in the region since the beginning of the pandemic are now at 492

Kootenay teachers’ union going to labour relations board over COVID-19 related work conditions

Union issues open letter to premier, education minister, health minister and Dr. Bonnie Henry.

Trail market goes garlic

The event goes Saturday in downtown Trail from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Two men killed in Hwy 3 collision west of Castlegar

The single-vehicle incident happened Thursday morning

Central Mountain Air to offer flights out of Castlegar

The company will be offering Castlegar to Vancouver flights October 1.

QUIZ: A celebration of apples

September is the start of the apple harvest

B.C. migrant, undocumented workers rally for permanent residency program

Rally is part of the Amnesty for Undocumented Workers Campaign led by the Migrant Workers Centre

Preparations underway for pandemic election in Saskatchewan and maybe B.C.

Administrators in B.C. and around the country are also looking to expand voting by mail during the pandemic

Nearly 20 per cent of COVID-19 infections among health-care workers by late July

WHO acknowledged the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington

Emaciated grizzly found dead on central B.C. coast as low salmon count sparks concern

Grizzly was found on Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw territory in Smith Inlet, 60K north of Port Hardy

VIDEO: B.C. to launch mouth-rinse COVID-19 test for kids

Test involves swishing and gargling saline in mouth and no deep-nasal swab

Young Canadians have curtailed vaping during pandemic, survey finds

The survey funded by Heart & Stroke also found the decrease in vaping frequency is most notable in British Columbia and Ontario

B.C. teachers file Labour Relations Board application over COVID-19 classroom concerns

The application comes as B.C.’s second week of the new school year comes to a close

Most Read