South Peace News
A Grimshaw teen has won a prestigious provincial award for students.
Kyara Garnett is one of only 16 students across Alberta who received a 2019 Great Kids Award, says a news release from Holy Family Catholic Separate School Division.
She is a Grade 9 student at Holy Family School in Grimshaw.
“Being recognized for the award makes me feel so special because being from such a small town, who would expect this,” says Garnett, 14.
“It feels really great being able to represent all of the great kids that exist. I am really thankful for the people who have been there for me through it all.”
The award is given annually by the Government of Alberta to honour children and youth who inspire, change the lives of others, help build stronger communities.
Recipients show qualities of resiliency, leadership, determination and strength, and have often overcome a wide variety of challenges to make a positive impact in our province.
Leaders at the Grimshaw school are excited for Garnett and her award.
“Kyara is very deserving of this award,” principal Victoria Cornick says. “She is a natural leader in our school, she is always willing to help and is a role model to others.”
Garnett’s nomination describes her character.
“Even though life has not been easy for Kyara, she has become a responsible, trustworthy and dependable natural leader at her school.
“She is frequently called upon to help around the school and is always willing and eager to assist, as evidenced in her active involvement in running the school’s theatre sound system and helping with morning announcements.
“Even though she has experienced trauma and persistent family struggles, Kyara is that wonderful friend who is empathetic, actively listens, gives advice, and always sees the positive.”
Garnett accepted the award Sept. 15 at the Fantasyland Hotel in Edmonton. She received a trophy, a night’s stay at the Fantasyland Hotel, passes to West Edmonton Mall attractions, and a prize from a corporate sponsor.