Valedictorians: Ancient Sconas Helen Pan

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Helen Pan is an excellent academic student. She currently serves as the president of the student senate, where she has spent the past two years working with students from across the department on issues of anti-racism and mental health.

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Helen is a very polite, intelligent and hardworking student who is loved and respected by her peers. She was a high-level member of the Old Scona Speech & Debate team, which competed at the provincial level. But she’s also set up a volunteer program to instruct and coach students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to compete on debating. Helen was also part of the Student Engagement Team, a group of student mentors who help new 10th grade students adjust to both high school and life at Old Scona.

Moreover, Helen still finds time to develop her piano and clarinet playing skills outside of school, achieving excellence in her musical skills, among her many other successful achievements.

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Graduation marks the end of yet another extraordinary part of our travels. And now that this section is complete, I’m sure many of us are already anxious and excited to travel to the next. It may seem daunting to embark on a journey with only the faintest idea of ​​a final destination in mind, and with no idea what we will encounter along the way. However, I know that as OSA graduates, we have been given all the tools and skills necessary to chart our own paths. And if there’s one thing OSA taught me, it’s that you don’t have to see the whole staircase to take the first step. Take everything day by day, step by step. And the next time we look back, we’ll be amazed at how far we’ve come.

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One thing I’ll be thinking about as I throw my graduation cap in the air is how OSA has been my second home for the past few years. Not only because of the countless hours I spent in those halls, but also because of the family I found. When I first walked into OSA, my path, which had been so straightforward until then, felt like it was in a maze of academics, clubs, and extracurricular activities. But I was incredibly lucky to have met so many intelligent, kind-hearted people and found lasting friends to navigate my maze with me.

I think we can all agree that it has never been easy to get up bright and early every morning to go to school. But whether they lend a sympathetic ear after getting a terrible grade on a social essay, helped you learn an entire math unit the block for the test, or simply shared a moment of relaxation with a Tims-infused tea double-double. , the OSA family has always been there to make things a little easier. As we begin to spin at several forks in the road, let’s take a moment to reflect on the support system that has helped us get through one of the most challenging schools in Alberta, if not Canada, and let’s apply the lessons that we learned from them on the way to the bigger and better things to come.

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To wrap it up, I can’t think of better words than Taylor Swift’s. She said, “I don’t know about you, but I feel 22!”

Farewell Questions and Answers

How do you think the pandemic has changed your high school experience?

The pandemic has definitely changed my high school experience. Online schooling challenged me to be a better student, and frequent quarantines and restrictions taught me to enjoy the time I spend in school.

What’s the one takeaway that you think should come out of the upheaval over the past two years?

“The strongest objects are forged in the hottest fires.” I know the class of 2022 has faced challenge after challenge, but I am confident that our future journeys will be made easier by the adaptability and determination we have gained over the past two years.

What is your favorite thing about Edmonton?

Whyte Ave, a two minute walk from OSA! I’ve spent countless hours trying all the different restaurants during my free time and after school, and I feel like there’s no place in town that I know better. Every time I set foot on Whyte I have to smile because the energy is so infectious!

Who is your hero?

My parents, who emigrated from China with almost nothing, and did everything they could to build a better life for me here in Canada.

What is your favorite quote or expression?

“Never tell me the odds.”

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