Graduation continues across east central region despite COVID-19 efforts

Written by Stu Salkeld

Wm E Hay Composite High School in Stettler held a ‘drive-by” graduation ceremony June 20 outside the school. Community members were invited to pop by and honk their horns in honour of the local graduates. Three Hills School also held their outdoor graduation on the same day. ECA Review/S.Salkeld


Acme School Graduation was a bit unconventional this year due to the times of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the grad class, families and staff were able to work around it with the recent provincial restriction changes. Thirty-three graduates were in an outdoor gathering at the school field on Sat. June 13. Photo courtesy of Jason Ewert Photography

On June 11, Christ-King Catholic School held a drive-by Grade 9 farewell for their students heading into high school next year. Pictured is Grade 9 student Denise Manlastas. ECA Review/S.Salkeld

Coronation School invited students, staff, parents, and community members to participate in the final event of the year, the Summer Sendoff. Approximately over 100 people made their way up to the Coronation Dam on the north side of town where they were greeted along the road by school teachers and staff holding various homemade signs with yearbook photos or messages on them as a farewell. Freezies were even made available at the top of the hill for a refreshing break while everyone visited. Submitted

About the author

Stu Salkeld

Stu Salkeld, who has upwards of 28 years of experience in the Alberta community newspaper industry, is now covering councils and other news in the Stettler region and has experience working in the area as well.

He has joined the ECA Review as a Local Journalism Initiative Journalist.

Stu earned his two-year diploma in print journalism from SAIT in Calgary from 1993 to ’95 and was raised in Oyen, Alta., one of the communities within the ECA Review’s coverage area.