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Celebrating student achievement

Darrell Greer
Northern News Services
Published Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The community of Whale Cove came together to celebrate the Class of 2012 at Inuglak School this past month.

The school had six graduates, with Joachim Angoo, Mitchell Angootealuk, Irma Joy Voisey, Joey Arualak, Jashua Ussak and Nathan Sammurtok all earning their Grade 12 diplomas.

Andrew Noble said he's been teaching at Inuglak for the past five years.

He said he taught Grades 7 and 8 his first year at Inuglak, and has spent the past four years teaching high school language arts and social studies.

"I've, kind of, seen these grads almost their whole way through," said Noble.

"The 2012 grads are all ambitious, hard working, not easily swayed, and quite focused in that they really had their minds set on this for quite some time.

"It didn't seem like anything was going to get in the way of having their grad day happen."

Noble said the grads showed a lot of perseverance in obtaining their diplomas.

He said each grad has their own set of challenges, whether it's a slow start to their high school career or simply the fact there's always a lot going on in the life of a teenager.

"They've done extremely well to stay on the right course and finish strong.

"The grad ceremony is a community event and most of the community attended.

"It's, really, an annual tradition to have a great turnout at the ceremony.

"It hasn't happened in a couple of years, so people were really excited to have a grad back in Whale Cove."

Noble said a good deal of significance is still placed on achieving a Grade 12 diploma in Whale Cove.

He said that was intensified this year because of it being the first grad in the past three years.

"The significance was magnified this year because people were very happy to see students getting through and graduating again.

"And, it looks like we're going to have an even bigger graduating class next year.

"We're going to have about 10 potential grads starting the year, and I'm confident we'll see all of them or, at least, the vast majority of them make it through."

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