Eleven soon-to-be graduates from École Héritage had their moment to shine on June 4, as a graduation ceremony and banquet were held in their honour.
A church service was held at la paroisse Ste. Anne Paroisse in Falher in the afternoon, led by Monsignor Charles Lavoie and Deacon Reg Bouchard.
Each student of the Class of 2016 entered the church holding their baptismal candle.
Their parents met them at the edge of the stage to light more candles as part of a symbolic light ceremony.
Several psalms were read as part of the service. Later, one of the students brought a wagon to the edge of the stage, which contained items meaningful to each graduate from their childhood. Principal Nicole Walisser put a portrait of the 11 graduates next to the wagon.
Eleven balloons, each with a name of a graduate and their dream, was placed at the edge of the stage.
The choir sang several songs throughout service. Later, the graduates and their families went to the Centre Chevaliers for a banquet.
The stage was decorated with ‘2016’. At the edge of the stage was the phrase, ‘Fais de ta vie un rêve et de ce rêve une réalité’.
Several people gave speeches, including CSNO superintendent Brigitte Kropielnicki and board president Chantal Monfette.
Prinicipal Nicole Walisser also presented each student with a certificate of completion for 12 years of study.
After dinner, there was a Powerpoint and biography presentation, with photos of each graduate at various stages of their lives.
The graduates also listened to speeches and comments from each other.
Some of them got into the spirit of the moment and showed their lighter sides, dancing and carrying on, which got the audience laughing and applauding more than once.