It has been another eventful month at L.V. Rogers High School. The most recent weeks were especially frantic, as students were studying hard for their provincial exams. As a result of the teachers strike, the majority of the non-provincial exams had been either excluded or offered as an option to the class. Most teachers believe that the issues permitting these exams will be resolved by the end of the next semester in June.
Currently, the students are easing their way into the first weeks of their new courses. There is a collective buzz during the first days of class that stems from the satisfaction of completing the first semester and the excitement of starting a new one. Grads in particular are thrilled at the thought of being only half a year away from their graduation, a nearing moment that has been anticipated for years. Although there is no lack of joy from the grads, there is unfortunately a lack of funding. Many of them were surprised to hear that the money already raised is far from what was expected by now. The class is highly encouraged to continue selling the Save-On gift cards to their friends, family or anyone in the community who would like to contribute this year’s graduation. A bottle drive will also be taking place this Saturday to help raise money, with students collecting cans and bottles from door to door. They are greatly counting on the generosity of Nelson residents to boost them to their financial goal.
LVR’s counsellor of 14 years, Deb Smith, who has had a very motivational impact on all her students, has recently retired. Deb was honoured in an assembly to recognize her contribution and the guidance she offered to her students. They were always the top of her priority, and each individual received Deb’s full attention until the problem was resolved. The passion she held for her job was very evident. With her energetic attitude towards her work, she has not only managed to help kids with scholarships and course selections, but has also been an enthusiastic friend to every member of LVR. The school’s staff and students will miss her humorous attitude and commitment to her work.
The Night of Local Talent is being held in the Nelson United Church on February 18, with proceeds going towards Yamandu, a village in Sierra Leone. With performances by an array of Nelson’s talent, such as the Corizon choir, it is sure to be an entertaining evening for all. Tickets are $10 for students and $12 dollars for adults, and are on sale from the Global Perspectives students and Eddy’s Music.
Cam Olson is a Grade 12 LVR student. His column is featured once a month