Steinbach Christian School has sent off 43 graduates.
The tight-knit group was represented by Joel Peters, this year’s class valedictorian.
Peters has attended the school since grade five. When he found out that he was chosen by his classmates, he felt "excited" and "honoured."
He says over the past eight years, he has grown in character and gives credit to the staff and his peers for helping him do so. “They all bring something important to the class and I believe that they'll be able to bring that with them wherever they go,” said Peters.
Despite the challenges of the pandemic, Steinbach Christian's smaller class sizes allowed students to have more in-person classes compared to other schools.
Peters continues, "It was hard with restrictions and with wearing masks and all of that obviously, but I think it really helped with our mental health. Just to be able to be in school and to be able to still have a sense of community."
Principal Emery Plett commends the group for their leadership, highlighting their efforts in athletics and student council.
For the past two years, the school's graduation ceremonies have been held outdoors. This year, it took place in person on Friday at Steinbach Mennonite Church.