Dollard-des-Ormeaux School Class of 2017

The graduating Class of 2017 of Dollard-des-Ormeaux School in Shannon poses for a photo, along with principal Stépen Lagacé (far left), Janice Rock (second from left), Marie-France Auger (second from right) and vice-principal Lucie Gingras (far right). 
Nineteen young men and women, robed in red and black, slowly paraded into the school’s auditorium as the DDO Band, directed by Joyce McCartney, played the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance.” They were the Dollard-des-Ormeaux School Class of 2017.

 After the singing of “O Canada,” principal Stéphane Lagacé welcomed everyone, and asked them to try to overlook the sheets of plywood that covered a hole in the wall leading to the school’s new extension that isn’t quite finished yet. Everyone is looking forward to seeing the finished product by September 2017.

Lagacé congratulated all the students and thanked the staff and parents who helped organize the evening ceremony and reception. 

 Former DDO vice-principal George Kotiuga addressed the graduates and stressed the importance of seeking true happiness – love for family and friends and satisfying work – the cornerstones of being human.   

Central Quebec School Board chair Stephen Burke told the students they would all receive a personal letter of congratulation and advice for the future in the mail from him, but read it aloud to all who were present. 

 As each student received their graduation certificate, the “prophecies” for the real or fictional future plans of each student were read. Proud parents came forward for the all important photo-op. Groups of students stood and sat with military precision. It must come from being so close to the Valcartier military base. Many of the students at DDO have parents in the military. 

Salutatorian Marie-Ève Raymond and Valedictorian Gabriela Flor spoke fondly to their classmates of their years together at DDO and encouraged all of them to follow their dreams into the future. “It’s not the end of the book, it’s a new chapter of your life.” Both Raymond and Flor received Honour Roll Gold Cords for having an average of 80 per cent or more per term for the first two terms of the school year. 
The following graduates received these prizes and awards:  
Gabriela Flor: St. Lawrence College Contemporary World Prize, the French Prize for the highest overall average, the Municipality of St-Gabriel-de-Valcartier prize for the highest standing and the Maurice C. Drew Scholarship 
Marie-Ève Raymond: St. Lawrence College Improvement Prize, the Municipality of Shannon All-Around Student Meritas, the  Municipality of St-Gabriel-de-Valcartier prize for the second highest standing, and the St. Lawrence College Improvement Prize 
 Richard Leam-Chen: French Prize for Consistent Effort, the CQSB Parents’ Committee Award and the Base Commander’s Cup - Leadership Award
 Maïna Bouchard: Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph English Prize and the McGill Social Science Award 
 Ludovic St-Martin: DDO Governing Board Mathematics Plaque, the McGill Science Award, and was tied with Jade Benoit for the DDO Governing Board Science Plaque 
 Jade Benoit: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church of St-Gabriel-de-Valcartier Humanitarian Plaque, and tied for the Municipality of St-Gabriel-de-Valcartier prize for third highest standing with Adrian Patterson-Marticotte 
 Michael Power and Raphaël Roy: EQLC Vocational Training Bursaries 
 Noémie Rogers: CWL of Shannon Citizenship Prize and Certificate 
 Amira Dupuis Pépin: St. Joseph’s Chapel of Shannon Prize
 Anthony Evans: King Kiley Memorial Scholarship Award for Perseverance 
 Marek Blais (Class of 2016): Governor General’s Academic Medal
 Other members of the Class of 2017 were: Justine Aubin-Mailhot, Isaac Bédard, Audrey Bénard, Naomie Boutin, Joëlle Martin, Phillipe Ouellet and Samuel Sigouin. 
 After the traditional students’ Book of Passage was passed on to a representative of next year’s Secondary 5 class, caps were tossed in the air and everyone gathered for the buffet reception complete with a beautifully decorated cake.