(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

Indecent exposure at Trail’s Gyro Park

The incident occurred on Saturday afternoon just before 5 p.m.

Shots fired at a West Trail home

Police report that the victim, a 37-year old Trail man, was not injured

City of Rossland cancels first open-air bazaar event

The city said the event was cancelled due to low participation.

Perry Siding man drowns in kayaking accident

The death occurred in Slocan River last month

Redstone Resort celebrates Fathers Day

Redstone helps out the J. L. Crowe golf team with Century 21 Kootenay Homes Fathers Day Fundraiser

Recent surge in COVID-19 cases not unexpected amid Phase Three of reopening: B.C.’s top doc

Keep circles small, wear masks and be aware of symptoms, Dr. Bonnie Henry says

B.C. NDP changing WorkSafeBC regulations to respond to COVID-19

Employers say reclassifying coronavirus could be ‘ruinous’

Baby raccoon rescued from 10-foot deep drainage pipe on Vancouver Island

‘Its cries were loud, pitiful and heartbreaking,’ Saanich animal control officer says

Statistical flaws led to B.C. wolf cull which didn’t save endangered caribou as estimated

Study finds statistical flaws in an influential 2019 report supporting a wolf cull

Windows broken, racist graffiti left on Okanagan home

Family says nothing like this has happened since they moved to Summerland in 1980s

B.C. man who went by ‘Doctor Ray Gaglardi’ charged with sex assault of teenage boys

The man, 75, is accused of assaulting teenage boys he met through Coquitlam-area churches

B.C.’s potential deficit $12.5 billion as spending spikes, taxes drop

Finance Minister Carole James gives COVID-19 outlook

Commercial huckleberry harvesting restricted in Kootenays

The province of B.C. has banned commercial-scale picking from July 15 to October 15

Canadians torn on scaling back COVID-19 benefits to save money: poll

Of those surveyed, 78 per cent said they were worried about the size of the deficit

Most Read