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North Star High School celebrates the Class of 2024

NSHS Graduates

“The Class of 2024, you did it!”

The words of guidance department head Chere Tulett was in tribute of this year’s graduating class of North Star High School. The second graduation since the new Amherstburg high school opened was held at the Libro Centre last Thursday evening with about 164 graduates crossing the stage and entering the next phase of their lives.

Valedictorian Rex Bullard said everyone had a different high school experience but they all came through it together. He said the move to a smaller school brought them closer as a group.

“The friendships we made have the cornerstone of our high school experience,” said Bullard.

The graduates learned life lessons as well “but most importantly, we had fun,” said Bullard. He said they will continue to support each other in the next phase of their lives.

Joe Bell, superintendent of education with the Greater Essex County District School Board told the graduates they should remember who helped get them there, including their families and their teachers. He said “hard work truly makes a difference.”“This is a night to feel proud,” said Bell.

North Star principal Melissa DeBruyne asked the graduates to turn and face the crowd and find those in the crowd who helped them along the way. She said it has been a 14-year educational journey for the students.

The journey had its challenges along the way including the move from General Amherst High School to North Star High School, but they made North Star “your second home.”

“How you confront challenges will shape the person you are and the person you will become,” said DeBruyne.

DeBruyne also saluted the families and teaching staff, noting they are all proud to be Wolves.

“We are North Star,” she said.

Tulett said close to $500,000 in scholarships and bursaries were awarded to graduates. Students are going to 13 post-secondary education institutions and pursue 15 apprenticeships. Others are heading into the workforce.

“It speaks to your abilities and dedication,” said Tulett. “I am so very, very proud of you.”

Please remember you will always be loved by your wolfpack and we will always support you wherever you go,” said Tulett.

Vice principal Jason Lynn said that despite living in a world where artificial intelligence (AI) exists, he said using it in place of putting in the work is not the way to go.

“There is value in the process,” he said. “There are no shortcuts to building toughness and character.”

Learning how to learn is part of the high school experience, Lynn added, as he congratulated the Class of 2024.

North Star High School celebrates the Class of 2024

By Ron Giofu

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