2021 Indigenous Transition Ceremonies
On April 30, 2021, we were proud of our grade 9 students moving on to high school. To honor this transition, students and staff participated in the Grandmother Tea Ceremony and the Pipe Ceremony held online. Students and their families participated in ceremony with Elders, members of the CBE Indigenous Education team and school staff.
In preparation for the Grandmother Tea Ceremony, our girls made their own ribbon skirts to wear to ceremony. Ms. Doyle was able to share important teachings about the significance of the ceremonial ribbon skirt, and with Mrs. Barr and other staff, students were able to sew their skirts and participate in smudge to prepare them for this important transition ceremony.
2020 Grade 9 Awards
Please read below to learn about the individual John Ware Awards and our current 2020 winners.
Gift of Art
The walls of our school are adorned with artwork created by former students. These pieces have become a part of a legacy here at John Ware. Each year, grade 9 students are invited to create and submit a piece of their art and the students in grades 7-9 vote for the piece that they feel is best to represent the year.
Winner: Addy Lough
This year’s winning artist has a particular style which was demonstrated through many of the pieces submitted in classes over the time spent at John Ware and is evident in this entry for the Gift of Art. This artist uses vivid colors, is inventive, emotive and demonstrates skills for a future of artistic pursuits. I am proud to present Addy Lough as this year’s recipient for the Gift of Art and I am excited that we will add Addy’s piece to John Ware’s legacy.
Harry Thomas Citizenship Award
This award is for a student that is involved in society, beyond curricular requirements at the school level and / or at the local, national or global community level (organized extracurricular activities such as leadership, PE leadership, Farewell Committee, office help and the like).
Winner: Adrianah Bollhorn
Throughout her time at John Ware, she could always be depended upon to help out, consistently donating so much of her own time and effort to the betterment of the school and the community. She is a person of honesty and integrity, consistently showing concern and a willingness to stand up for and help those in need. There is no better candidate to receive this award.
Melissa Garcia Fighting Heart Award
We all face challenges and overcome adversity throughout our lives, a difficult life lesson particularly at the junior-high level. The Melissa Garcia Fighting heart award is for a student that has demonstrated strong, personal development and determination in their lives and/or in their learning to reach their highest potential while at John Ware.
Winner: Cole Payne-Sexton
Cole has shown so much growth through their time at John Ware School. He has overcome significant obstacles in both their personal and school life. When I talk to his father, he beams with pride and is never shy to share wonderful stories of Cole's accomplishments outside of school.
Vicki Johnson Humanitarian Award
This award is for a student that demonstrates concerns with the rights and needs of others, doing what is right, acting morally and with wisdom (acts of charity, volunteering or philanthropy, both inside and outside of the school). This student consistently acts morally, is supportive of their peers, does what is honorable and can balance individual concerns with the rights and needs of others.
Winner: Jordan Mayr
Jordan is a perfect fit for this award. While at school she always did what was morally right and helped others around her do the right thing. She always put the needs of others before her own needs. She was generous with her time, including volunteering for Phys. Ed Leadership opportunities both during and after school.
Audrey Kertesz Award
This award is for the student, who stands out above all others, who demonstrates an intensity of outstanding qualities in the areas of academics, character, personal development and citizenship in school and/or in the community.
Winner: Ben Ankerman
Ben gives 110% each and every day, in everything he undertakes, both in and out of school. Whether he is pushing himself in PE to have his fastest time, defending a three-pronged thesis in Language Arts or balancing the commitments of playing hockey with school assignments, Ben excels. Without being asked, he includes those less apt in PE to get involved in the game and to then enjoy the spotlight, and he consistently takes time to reexplain concepts or instructions to those seated at his table.
Laine McLeod Memorial Scholarship
Laine Alexandra McLeod was an outstanding student, who loved school and did her very best in all her endeavours. She was thoughtful of others, and was the first to step forward to help someone in need. The Laine McLeod Memorial Scholarship is a tribute to her and the personal characteristics for which she was known and loved: working hard to achieve scholastic excellence and a genuine sense of caring and sharing in her school community.
Winner: Rachel Fowler
The family of Laine McLeod selected Rachel Fowler as the recipient of this year's scholarship due to her resilience in facing some of life's tougher challenges with a positive attitude, and demonstrating active leadership in the school with Phys Ed, the soccer team, and various committees. She is also very well thought of by her peers and staff as being hard-working, persistent, thoughtful, highly team-oriented, kind, and humble.