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Awards and bursaries handed out

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(L-R) Lane Miiller and Yeugeniy Kistanov accepted the Estevan Oilfield Technical Society’s scholarship from Estevan Comprehensive School (ECS) teacher Lindsay Collins.

Students were recognized for their academic achievements, their contributions to the campus, their extracurricular achievements and other feats. Each of the school's departments honoured top students from the 2013-14 school year.

Scholarships and bursaries were handed out. Most of the recipients are Grade 12 students. Businesses, organizations and individuals presented the scholarships.

The other highlight of the evening was a keynote speech from William and Edrina Sinclair. The Sinclairs, who pen the Dirty Socks and Banana Bread column that appears regularly in Lifestyles, encouraged the students to be themselves.

“Do you know what makes you tick?” asked William Sinclair. “Do you know how your brain is hard-wired to do things?”

William said he has learned, through mind and personality tests, that he is the type of person who can get a job or a project started, but he needs somebody else to keep it running.

Once people discover their identity, they can find the perfect job and discover their passions, instead of settling for something that doesn't make them happy, he said.

Edrina urged the students to not allow anyone to define who they are, or what they want to do in their lives.

“If you're in high school, you face so much peer pressure and so much influence from your friends and other people for the things you want to do,” said Edrina.

She admitted that she tried to be someone she wasn't for many years.

“If you spend the rest of your life trying to be somebody besides who you really are, it doesn't matter what job you have, it doesn't matter what degree you have, you're not going to be happy,” said Edrina. “You have to be the person you were created to be.”

Athletic honours weren't handed out during the awards night. Those will be presented at a separate ceremony on June 12.

 


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