You are done with your exams, yeah, can breathe again and now it’s packing up your room at Stanstead College. There are never enough boxes, packing always takes longer than you think, and your room simply looks horribly empty once all is done. Then, there is this pit in your stomach, now you need to say good-bye to… (I leave the list to you as it depends on if you are returning in September or not, but I know it is a long one.)
Grade 12 student Laurence Frenette has won the Dugie Ross MVP Trophy for varsity girls hockey for an unprecedented third year in a row. It was one of a number of athletic prizes presented by Stanstead College sports teams over four nights this week.
Growing up as a goalie in Pickering, Ontario right across the city line from Toronto, my hockey idol outside my family was none other than Wayne Gretzky. I have vivid memories of watching #99 play for the Kings and the Rangers. (The Oilers were a little before my memory kicked in, and the Blues, well, that happened a little too fast.)
In many ways, the beginning of 2021 has started exactly as 2020 ended. Unfortunately, the flip of a calendar was not powerful enough to end the pandemic that has its grip on us. We continue to operate our lives, both inside and outside Stanstead College, with restrictions in place. Both adults and youth have had their lives altered, but we push on and look for better days while ensuring that we still take advantage of every moment to be active and learn.