Dalbrae Academy’s celebration of athletic achievement
Dalbrae Student Athletes of the Year: Sarah Wilson and Nathan Beaton
-by April MacDonald
“Who ever received an award tonight earned it,” said John Hendsbee, teacher at Dalbrae and the evening’s emcee.
Hendsbee welcomed faculty, parents, friends of Dalbrae, and students to the 2018-2019 awards celebration.
Maggie Power, a student at Dalbrae Academy sang the national anthem.
Principal Ann Whalley greeted students, parents, and guests by saying that they have gathered to celebrate student success.
She explained that those present are the best in a group, got the highest mark in a class, or had the most points in a game.
“You also achieve success by playing on a team and achieving a goal together,” said Whalley.
“When looking back, these accomplishments will make you smile,” added the principal.
But, she said, that what defines you is having the courage to challenge yourself, to struggle and to persevere.
“You can have courage and you can have comfort; but you can’t have both,” said Whalley.
“Push harder, be braver, do more than just have a goal,” she said.
“It’s good to struggle; once you struggle and then succeed then you know real success,” she closed.
Riley van den Heuval was the guest speaker, she graduated from Dalbrae in 2015, with honours, and was named female athlete of the year. She recently graduated from the Dalhousie Agricultural College with a Bachelor of Science.