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F.P. Walshe school honours outstanding students

Rebecca Neels

Rebecca Neels

Brady Davis

Brady Davis

F.P. Walshe school honoured its outstanding students last week.
Rebecca Neels and Brady Davis received the Danny Van Wyck Memorial Award on June 10 during F.P. Walshe school’s Blue and White Night.
“These Grade 12s will be missed,” athletic director Craig Patton said. “They are outstanding students in our school.”
The award for outstanding students was named for Danny Van Wyck after he was killed in 1975 in a car accident.
The Danny Van Wyck Memorial Award recognizes all-around individuals for their pleasant personalities, outstanding moral character, compassion and involvement in school life.
Van Wyck served on student council and played basketball for his school team, and was also noted for his compassion toward fellow students.
Neels earlier in the evening received the Order of Walshe for her work with the prom committee, a service award for scorekeeping at F.P. Walshe school basketball games, and a participation certificate from the drama club.
Davis received the Order of Walshe from the drama club earlier in the Blue and White Night program.
Assistant principal Randy Bohnet recalled advice that a guest speaker gave several years ago to a graduating high school class.
“He just said, very simply, be nice,” Bohnet said. “It’s easier.”
“The young man who is being recognized tonight is simply, nice,” Bohnet said. “It makes it easier. Easier for himself, easier for those around him.”
Bohnet said Davis is recognized as being a dedicated member of the F.P. Walshe drama club.
Davis went out of his way to make other people comfortable and fit in with the group — even amidst the pressure of a drama production.
“He exemplifies how much better the world is when we are just nice,” Bohnet said.
Bohnet said Rebecca Neels, who has cerebral palsy, is inspiring.
“This young lady has overcome a lot of challenges that she doesn’t see as challenges,” Bohnet said.
Bohnet recalled that at the Terry Fox Run someone was grumbling about having to run five kilometres — until that, is, Rebecca came rolling by in her wheelchair with a smile on her face.
“That conversation was over,” Bohnet said, noting Rebecca raised the most money of students taking part in the Terry Fox Run.
“She is very determined,” Bohnet said. “She doesn’t make excuses to not do things. She finds the strength to do them.”
The students received a standing ovation from the Blue and White Night audience.

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