Kyle plans to pursue an Economics or Business program next year. He hopes to go to either the University of Waterloo or Laurier. He chose this pathway because his ultimate goal is to become a Lawyer. His law class sparked his interest in law but it was his co-op placement with a local lawyer that solidified his decision to attend University and pursue law. Kyle recommends doing lots of research when planning for the future. He stresses the importance of knowing what pre-requisite course are required for your future destination. Taking a fifth year and co-operative education were definite factors in helping him map out his future plans.
Nick is a grade 12 student at Central Huron Secondary School who was born in Clinton and lives there with his parents. He has an older brother who attends Fanshawe College in the Police Foundations program.
Nick is a well rounded student and participates in a wide range of extracurriculars. Outside of school, Nick had an interest in the Martial Arts, in particular, Karate. After many years of training and attending tournaments, Nick was awarded his Black belt in Karate at the age of 16. He is very grateful to his parents and realizes that this would have not been possible if it were not for their support in transporting him to practices and competitions. In school, Nick is active in the school band and plays the trumpet. Most recently, Nic played "The Last Post" in our school's Remembrance Day service. He also is a member of the Envirathon Team and the group's expert in forestry. This team competes against other teams, finding solutions to environmental challenges. Nick is always happy to help out and volunteers his time and on many occasions has done so to help out with school events such as Grade 8 Orientation and Grade 8 Parent night. He has also generously given of his own time during lunch hours to tutor other students having difficulty in math.
Nick's goal is to become an accountant and he is grateful for the opportunity to study grades 11 and 12 accounting at CHSS. These courses gave him the experience and confidence needed to pursue Accounting as a career choice. Nick has applied to Wilfrid Laurier, Waterloo and McMaster Universities for Accounting. His first choice would be to be accepted at Laurier for a double major in Business Administration and Financial Math. He looks forward to the co-operative education portion of all the programs he has chosen to give him experience and references in the accounting area before looking for full-time employment.
Nick is grateful for his time spent in high school where he has made new friends, and been the recipient of many great opportunities. He is thankful for all his wonderful teachers and attributes much of his success of being an honour student for 4 years to them. Nick also realizes that his parents played an important role in his educational experience because they valued and prioritized education. If Nick was able to give students one piece of advice to follow while they are in school it would be to be open to new challenges, seize the opportunity, put forth a positive effort and give it a try.
Derrick has had many positive experiences in his time at MDHS and benefited from being involved in a variety of activities. He has appreciated the teachers, the small class sizes and the personal attention. Since becoming a Blue Devil in grade nine, Derrick has matured as a student and become more confident and independent. Derrick has been fortunate to have a great group of friends, some dating way back to when they met in junior kindergarten. He works very hard to achieve good grades and knows that his hard work pays off. His favourite classes include chemistry, biology and math. The course he has found most useful was summer school co-op. This course gave Derrick hands-on experience and confirmed his love of working with animals. In addition to his classes, he has enjoyed being involved in hockey, soccer and Mitchell minor basketball. He is also employed part-time as well and is involved in other extra-curricular activities. Derrick’s experiences in school and on the job have encouraged him to try different things and pursue his goals.
Future plans for Derrick include going off to Guelph to study agriculture and seek further education in dairy cattle genetics. Derrick’s favourite teachers are Mr. Havenga and Mr. Agar. They make learning fun with their wicked senses of humour. Derrick’s parents support, encourage and motivate him to do his best and to learn from his experiences. Derrick’s future will include being successfully employed as a large animal veterinarian specializing in dairy cattle embryo transfer.
After attending Hensall Public School for 9 years, Vanessa graduated with the first grade eight class of the South Huron 7/8 Campus. During her high school years at South Huron she has played basketball and volleyball for all four years, coached midget volleyball in grade eleven and has become a member of Student Council for her final year. These extracurriculars have all helped her to develop a leadership role within the school. Outside of school, she was a competitive dancer in grades nine and ten. Then she received a job as a hostess in a restaurant which she still holds today.
Throughout high school, Vanessa came to the conclusion that her interests lie within Math and Science. As a result, her current plan is to attend Western University, Wilfrid Laurier University or University of Waterloo for Health Sciences/Health Promotion. Eventually, she hopes to pursue a career in Public Health or Health Administration. The best advice Vanessa can give to incoming students is to get involved in what interests them.
Felix is a very active student at LDSS. He is involved in Student's Council, and Music Council. He also is part of the Black Door Drama club and Me to We. Felix is a great photographer and has been a great asset to yearbook.
Felix loves Sciences!Next year he plans to study Science at University. His top two choices now are Queen's and Waterloo but he's not sure yet.
Felix's advice for high school is to get involved. You meet new people and gain new skills.
Wah He was born and raised in China. For years, she envisioned herself studying abroad, and kept dreaming that she might one day stand in a foreign country and speak perfect English. After years of careful consideration, her parents decided to send her to Canada and selected Stratford Central as the ideal school for her to attend. Wah has been here since the fall of 2015. When she first arrived she said, "It was confusing; everything was totally different." She was comforted when everyone was very approachable. "From the ESL teacher to the office secretary, so many people were great to me!" Wah said. In general, she thinks the educational system is better here because you aren't forced to take courses that you aren't interested in and this has made her life better. She misses her family but knows that she made the right decision.
Math classes have been Wah's favorite to attend. Her teachers are funny and engaging, making the course enjoyable. In her spare time she plays on the badminton and basketball team. Even though she finds the training very intense and challenging, she is still glad that she went out for the team this year. "It made my final year of high school truly awesome!" Most importantly, being on the teams has allowed her to build friendships with other students from Stratford Central. She said it was also easy to make friends with all of the other international students. Everyone was in the same situation and they all support each other.
Since she has enjoyed her time here so much, Wah plans to stay in Canada and her parents support her decision. In the future, Wah plans to attend university for business studies. In particular, her dream is to attend University of Toronto and so she is working hard to achieve that goal.
Tyler has set his sights on the stars as he looks forward to life after high school. He is passionate about astronomy and physics and hopes someday to make a contribution to the scientific community. At university next fall, he plans to study Astronomy at the University of Waterloo
Tyler speaks fondly of the teachers he has had throughout high school. They have helped him to discover his strengths and challenged him to be a critical thinker. According to Tyler, two of his teachers have been particularly influential. The first is Mrs. Stone, his physics teacher, who like Tyler has a passion for physics, and who has encouraged him to pursue this field of study. The second is Canada World Studies teacher, Mrs. Ritsma, who has helped him to become a more confident student and who helped nurture a new found interest in History.
Beyond the classroom, Tyler has to develop numerous skills through the clubs he has joined. He is an active member of Student Council and he was elected as one of this year's co-presidents. Tyler has also competed as a member of the school's, Reach for the Top team. His radio quality voice has shared school highlights with the student body mornings on Huskie A. M. He has also enjoyed taking part in numerous enrichment opportunities throughout his four years which have helped to expand his knowledge beyond the regular classroom.
Tyler feels well prepared to succeed at university because of the strong academic education he received at Stratford Northwestern. He will leave high school with many great memories of his time as a Huskie, especially those of the great friendships he has made and the teachers who have had a positive impact on his academic life.