SPRINGDALE, N.L. — Although an honour student, Mikayla Tuck went through Indian River High believing there is much more to school than academics.
At the year-end special achievement awards ceremony Thursday, June 28 the graduating student was recognized several times for her leadership and contributions to the school community and beyond.
Tuck received the Springdale Citizenship Award, the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) Safe and Caring Schools Graduating Award, the Lloyd Melindy Memorial Award for Most Outstanding Student Leadership Class Representative, the Springdale Lions Club Edward Clarke Memorial Award, and the Scotiabank Leadership Award.
She says her life has been about being involved and giving back to the school and community.
“It is something I am passionate about,” she said. “I think it helps me grow as a person. That is basically what I want to do, help younger kids grow as a person.
“I think that is very important for a kid to be able to recognize they have the abilities to be able to be the best person they can possibly be. I try to be a leader in my school and a leader in my community, and help those younger kids recognize they can do great stuff.”
That mentality of helping make the world a better place is now becoming a life-long mission. Tuck has enrolled at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook, where she will be taking courses to help her one day achieve her nursing degree.
The graduating student says she adopted that lifestyle as she recognized the contributions of the students before her at Indian River High.
“They set a great example for me and helped me realize that I can accomplish great things and be the best person I can be,” she said. “I took it upon myself to do the same things.”
To be recognized with so many awards, Tuck was humbled, recognizing though that a lot of hard work through her years at the school paid off.
“I don’t do all this stuff for the recognition or the awards,” she said. “I do it for myself and I do it for the people that I love around me. It is great to be recognized, but I believe everybody should have a chance to be recognized for their hard work. It was really great though, a nice feeling.”
As an athlete and active extracurricular student, Tuck has had many opportunities to travel the province and witness different school environments. She believes Indian River High is the best at providing opportunities to its students.
Indian River High awards recipients
SPRINGDALE, N.L. — Almost $19,000 in awards and scholarships was handed out by the school and community at Indian River High’s year-end special achievement awards ceremony.
Including university entrance scholarships, students walked away with almost $80,000 in awards this year.
Dylan Boyde and Keisha Taylor, animal respect award
Megan Paddock, Ernest Paddock Memorial Award for Level 2 community service
Emma Loder and Jessica Jacobs, Springdale Community Development Cooperative Scholarship
Jessica Jacobs, Bank of Montreal Leadership
Mikayla Tuck, Scotiabank Leadership
Lily Anne Jacobs, Salvation Army Thrift Store Award for Community Involvement
Julie Coombs, Kinsmen Award for Civic Improvement
Megan Paddock, Award for Social Responsibility
Claudia Lilly, ICECAP scholarship.
Neighbouring Communities Student Contribution:
Joshua Northcotte, South Brook
Justin Young, Beachside
Mandy McCarthy, Sheppardville
Jade Armstrong, Little Bay/St. Patrick’s.
Maxwell Locke, Hewlett Award for Personal Achievement
Rachel Folkes (Intermediate) and Dredan Carroll (senior), self-improvement in writing
Maria Lawlor, Josten’s Valedictorian Award
Chloe Wells, student inclusion
Ethan Burton, NFSALES.COM Award for Industry
Lucas Ogden, Abigail Rowsell and Zachary Sheppard, teacher awards.
Abigail Rowsell, the Ron Joy Award and Truman Noel Memorial Award
Mandy McCarthy, Gloria Saunders Memorial Award and Merv Foster Humanitarian Award
Mikayla Tuck, Springdale Lions Edward Clarke Memorial Award and the Lloyd Melindy Memorial Award
Anna Brooks, Clinton Bennett Humanitarian Award
Alexis Oxford, Rodney Clarke Memorial Award
Anna Brooks (junior) and Maria Lawlor (senior), Jessie Young Award
Ann Oxford (junior) and Jessica Jacobs (senior) Harvey Grant Memorial Award
Emma Loder, Rev. George Gard Memorial Scholarship and Nancy Saunders Memorial Award
Ann Oxford, Bill Curran Memorial Intermediate Science Award
Julie Coombs, high school volunteer award
Joshua Northcotte, South Brook Citizenship
Mikayla Tuck, Springdale Citizenship
Lucas Mercer, Way of Life Award
Maria Lawlor, Claudia Lilly and Mikayla Tuck, school district Safe and Caring Schools Graduating Student Awards
Julian Hanrahan-Domalain, Mae Grant valued at $4,000
Joshua Northcotte, Nellie Weir Grant valued at $4,000
Dylan Thomas, Myrtle Grant valued at $1,000.
Fine Arts Awards:
Jared Osbourne, exceptional improvement
Jesse James, skill and industry
Megan Paddock, Level 1 visual arts
Alicia Thomas, Level 2 visual arts.
Mitchell Downton won the skilled trades award.
The musician of the year awards:
Bethany Bowers, Grade 7
Katie Pelley, Grade 8
Rebecca Northcotte, Grade 9
Caitlynn Oldford, senior.
Most improved musician awards:
Nicholas Bennett, Grade 7
Joshua Shears, Grade 8
Thomas Wellman-Boyde, Grade 9
Jonah Rowsell, overall.
The Abbott/Cook Music Award:
Anna Brooks, junior
Christian Morgan, senior.
Emma Loder, The Marie Marjorie England Music Award
Emma Loder, Rev. Patricia Melindy Memorial Award
Christian Morgan, Springdale Pentecostal
Jessica Jacobs, Salvation Army