Oilfields High School celebrates student success

Black Diamond: Drillers put on Black and Gold Awards ceremony

By: Tammy Rollie

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 08:38 am

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Oilfields High School’s Grades 7 to 12 students spent days in anticipation before filing into the gymnasium for the Black and Gold Awards ceremony in Black Diamond on Feb. 14.

The ceremony celebrated the accomplishments of the school’s Grades 7 to 12 students for the first semester of the 2013/14 school year.

Grade 12 student Bethany Reinke said the ceremony was a hot topic amongst her and her friends last week as they anticipated the big day.

“My best friend and I always joke that the other person is going to get an award,” she said. “It gets some friendly competition going. It’s good motivation to do well in our classes.”

Reinke has received awards for academic achievements each year since she began attending Oilfields High School in Grade 10. This year was no different.

“It makes me happy to know that I have done really well in my courses and it’s nice to be recognized for that,” she said. “It’s a good feeling.”

Oilfields High School principal Scott Carey said the Black and Gold Awards is one of his favourite school traditions.

He said the ceremony is a celebration of his students’ outstanding achievements in a variety of subjects and an opportunity to recognize other accomplishments, from citizenship to most improved.

Staff also presented academic awards and scholarships to students who graduated from Oilfields High School last summer, as exam results were not posted before the school’s awards ceremony in June 2013.

“We had a broad variety of awards we were giving so we are not just celebrating honours,” he said. “Our school division’s mission statement talks about exploring, developing and celebrating. Any chance we have to do the celebration piece is always a bonus.”

Although many schools host their ceremonies during the evening, Carey said scheduling the Black and Gold Awards event during school hours works quite well.

“It’s not the most accessible for the parents, but it’s a chance for the kids to celebrate each other,” he said. “I’m just proud of all of them.”

To add to the excitement of the ceremony, a number of Oilfields High School’s junior high students performed a variety of talents from playing instruments to dancing.

“Your typical awards ceremony can be long and drawn out,” said Carey. “It breaks up the ceremony with talent acts from the students. It always surprises me to see what unique talents come out of the woodwork.”

Reinke is among those students selected to perform on stage during the Black and Gold Awards ceremony in past years. She said she enjoys the opportunity to showcase her talent for playing the piano, although she admits it is a little nerve-wracking.

“I like performing because it pushes my skills and I get to face my fears of going in front of people,” she said. “They don’t do a talent show at any other point in the year so I think it’s a good time to get in.”

Below is a list of some of the awards presented to students during the Black and Gold Awards ceremony:

Western Communities Foundation Exceptional Achievement Citation and Bursary: Kaiden Feil

Rutherford Scholarship: Brent Arkes, Amarveer Bains, Shyrelle Bateman, Whitney Boehmer, Jamey Creighton, Megan Duckworth, Ryan Elliott, Abby Glaicar, Elijah Harding, Blair Jeffrey, Justin Jones, Stephanie Knight, Ashley Leis, Ashley Mabbott, Brittany MacDonald, Carlie Meyer, Mianne O’Brien, Branden Powell and Benjamin Thorkelson

Governor General Award: Branden Powell

Foothills Lion Club Award: Whitney Boehmer

Ladies Auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion: Kaylee Rider

Foothills Accountants Association Bursary: Megan Duckworth

Alberta High Schools Math Competition: Lucian Reinke, Jake Kvrgnas and Elise Denning

Math Awards: Woo Wi (7), Jesse Palamar (8), Kaiden Powell (9), Bethany Reinke (30-1) and Tamala Whiteside (30-2)

Language Arts: Ethan Brown (7), Ashley Nelson (8) and Kianna Klopp (9)

English: Jaime Wong (10-1), Carra Lees (10-2), Bethany Reinke (30-1) and Christian Thibodeau (30-2)

Sciences: Ethan Brown (7), Ashley Nelson (8), Riley Grusing (9), Jaime Wong (10),

Natalie Wong (Physics 30), Elise Denning (Chemistry 20 and Biology 30)

Social Studies: Ethan Brown (7), Willow McDonald (8), Kaiden Powell (9), Tanner Stabsdown (20-2) and Keifer Biddle (20-1)

Physical Education: Woo Wi (7), Jade Nelson (8), Riley Grusing (9), Nevada Nelson (10). Russell Grusing (20) and Daniel Hemus (30)

Industrial Education: Brielle Goss (7), Jade Nelson (8), Kaiden Powell (9) and Cody Kluzak (10)

Digital Technology: Kaehler Turcotte (7), Jade Nelson (8), Hanna Bruder (9) and Christian Thibodeau (20/30)

Fitness: Woo Wi (7), Hunter Carter (8) and Jayden Studd (9)

Art: Brielle Goss (7), Josie Hughes (8), Callie Biddle (9), Connie Sedano Robles (10), Fallon Nelson (20) and Bethany Reinke (30 and outstanding artist)

Home Economics: Alexi Oborne (7), Mason Strathdee (8) and Hanna Bruder and Katelyn Braun (9)

Hockey: Logan Tymstra

Environmental and Outdoor Education 9: Ethan Benjamin

Sports Medicine: Alexis Rogers

Drama: Maddy Brooks (10), Riel Lowry (20), Megan Vardy (30), Emily Orum (drama tech), Megan Vardy (outstanding actor) and Jake Kvrgnjas (most improved)

Senior Foods: Elsie Foster

Senior Fashion: Hannah Grimwood

Quest Citizenship: Colten Poland (10), Hannah Collyer (11) and Evan Loberg (12)

Quest Academic: Noelle Duckworth and Randy Palamar (10), Kyle Jackson (11) and Jennica Griffin (12)

Citizenship: Brielle Gross and Woo Wi (7), Hunter Carter (8), Dakota Murrin (9), Sam Warkman and Nevada Nelson (10), Beth Anne Staples (11) and Tamala Whiteside (12)

Most improved: Roy McPherson (7), Porter Geurts (8), Chantel Lefthand (9), Cody Kluzak (10), Levi Meston (11) and Tamala Whiteside (12)


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