There might only be seventeen students graduating from Stirling School this year, but there are definitely benefits to attending a smaller high school, just ask Marissa Hogg and Mikailla Holt, the valedictorians for the Stirling School Class of 2018.
“Going to school in a smaller community definitely gives you more opportunity for volunteering and community involvement,” says Marissa. “You get to establish closer relationships.”
Mikailla agrees. “It was more personalized, the classes were smaller and there was less staff, so we could get to know everyone really well,” she says.
Each year, Stirling School selects their valedictorian based on grades, school involvement and teachers recommendations. Principal Inge Pot explains that Marissa and Mikailla have been consistently receiving honours with distinction during their entire school career and are both outstanding young women who have been consistently involved with the school; Mikailla has been involved with horseback riding and singing over the last several years and Marissa has participated in student council, archery, badminton and piano. Having two students recognized as valedictorians this year just made sense.
The Stirling grad took place on May 25, 2018. Marissa gave a powerful speech where she encouraged her fellow graduates by saying “the world truly is our oyster and we really can be whatever we want to be. There is nothing wrong with dreaming big and reaching for the stars, and if we have tools of success like preparation and planning, courage and commitment, discipline and dedication, I am confident that all of us can achieve great things.” Mikailla added to that advice by reiterating the importance of hard work and determination and not “slacking off.”
Mikailla plans to attend the University of Lethbridge in the fall to study biology and take pre-med courses. Her goal is to work somewhere in the medical field one day. Marissa plans to spend a year working, and then serve a mission for the LDS church. She is considering several schooling and career options, possibly in the field of healthcare.
“Mikailla and Marissa are two amazing individuals who will accomplish their goals whatever they may be.” says Ms. Pot. “They have been very driven throughout school and I don’t think that will change.”
Congratulations to the Stirling School class of 2018!