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Keyli Kurtz of Fort Macleod nominated for leadership scholarship

 Lloyd Cavers student leadership scholarship nominees, from left: Mackenzie Russell, Willow Creek Composite, Keyli Kurtz, F.P. Walshe school, Jocelyn Proulx, Crowsnest Consolidated high school, Alexi Lively, J.T. Foster school, Kori Sandeman, Livingstone school, Megan McGlynn, Matthew Halton high school, and Lloyd Cavers.

Lloyd Cavers student leadership scholarship nominees, from left: Mackenzie Russell, Willow Creek Composite, Keyli Kurtz, F.P. Walshe school, Jocelyn Proulx, Crowsnest Consolidated high school, Alexi Lively, J.T. Foster school, Kori Sandeman, Livingstone school, Megan McGlynn, Matthew Halton high school, and Lloyd Cavers.

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Keyli Kurtz was the nominee from F.P. Walshe school for the Lloyd Cavers student leadership scholarship. From left: principal Bill Forster, Lloyd Cavers; Keyli Kurtz and her parents April and Paul Kurtz.

A Grade 12 student from J.T. Foster school in Nanton won the Livingstone Range School Division’s Lloyd Cavers Scholarship.
Alexi Lively was the winner at a ceremony at the school board’s June 14 meeting.
The other nominees were Keyli Kurtz of F.P. Walshe school in Fort Macleod; Mackenzie Russell of Willow Creek Composite high school in Claresholm; Megan McGlynn of Matthew Halton high school in Pincher Creek; Kori Sandeman of Livingstone school in Lundbreck; and Jocelyn Proulx of Crowsnest Consolidated high school in the Crowsnest Pass.
“How impressive is that — congratulations,” Lloyd Cavers said. “I think this is a high point of our year.”
Cavers expressed his appreciation to the board for continuing the scholarship, and introduced his wife Barb.
Cavers joked he would come home after each scholarship presentation and Barb would not believe him when he talk about these outstanding student leaders.
“I want to congratulate the students and their parents,” Cavers said.
Leanne Watson, assistant principal at J.T. Foster, introduced Alexi Lively.
Alexi is this year’s valedictorian and has been a top academic student since Grade 7.
Alexi has also been active in student council and activities at the school and globally.
She helped organize spirit activities, and helping hampers, which raised money and food for the less fortunate.
Globally, Alexi raised money for J.T. Foster’s sister school in Malawi. Even on vacation, she visited schools in Latin America, bringing them food, toys, and medical supplies.
Alexi was also involved in school sports, including volleyball.
“She’s so good at mentoring the young players,” Watson said.
F.P. Walshe school principal Bill Forster introduced Keyli Kurtz.
“Keyli’s one of our rocks,” Forster said, adding she is easy to overlook because she is always there contributing. “In a quiet way (she) does so much.”
Keyli is the president of her church’s young women’s group and organizes projects in the community.
At the school, Keyli is an honour roll student, works on yearbook and sits on grad council.
“She’s the kid who’s always working,” Forster said.
On the rugby field, Keyli leads by example and works hard.
“She’s just that model student,” Forster said, pointing out that without being asked or reminded she works hard, asks questions, and hands in her assignments on time.
When Kurtz was in Grade 10, there was a student new to the school and needed someone to show her around.
“Without a doubt, the first person who came to mind was Keyli,” Forster said. “They’re still friends today.”

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