Christina Munchinksy keeps 50 hula hoops aloft at once during
an event at Crocus Plains high school Friday morning to recognize student accomplishments throughout the year. (COLIN CORNEAU/THE BRANDON SUN)
It was a day of celebration at Crocus Plains high school Friday, when students were recognized for their volunteer efforts and achievements.
Students who participated in Youth in Philanthropy, Teens Against Destructive Decisions and Youth Revolution were given special accolades for their work during the 2011-12 school year.
"I think it’s definitely important and it’s good because we have such a big school with people doing so many different things," said student council president Jonathan Smith.
"It’s really cool, all the different stuff that’s going on with sports, different committees and Skills Canada people. I think it’s really good and important that we recognize the contributions of the students."
The Crocus YIP program raised funds for the Brandon Humane Society, Westman Dreams for Kids, Brandon Community Options, Brandon Riverbank and A Sense of Home cancer residence campaign.
"It’s very important because it’s part of building the students’ self-esteem and thanking them for what they’re doing," principal Terry Osiowy said. "We’re very proud of our building."
The "Celebration of Excellence" kicked off with a performance by CP Express and was followed by special presentations to students.
"We’re recognizing our graduating athletes that are moving on to post-secondary, based on their athletic and academic excellence," Osiowy said.
Four staff members were also recognized by the school population, as they are retiring this month.
Larry Gillis, Edna Plett and Elizabeth Wotton are retiring, as well as design drafting teacher Miro Gawinski.
"It’s been extremely rewarding," said Gawinski, who has been at Crocus Plains for the past 17 years, but teaching for more than 25.
"I’ve been very, very fortunate to work with some very talented students, and some very forward-thinking … administrators."
Gawinski said it was a very tough decision to retire and now that the year’s nearly over it feels "bittersweet."
"It was one of the most difficult things I’ve done," he said."It’s been satisfying, but it’s always tough to leave."
Gawinski said he may try to get involved with business projects or city planning in Brandon after he retires.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 16, 2012