In the fifth and final day of our CKPG Valedictorian Series, we took a trip to Prince George Secondary School.
For Grade 12 Student, Gabrielle (Gabby) Sandhu, it’s not just about standing in front of her classmates for a two hour ceremony, it means so much more to be valedictorian. “It’s giving a big thank you to all those that have helped me during my time in high school, who have made memories with me,” Sandhu said. “It’s really just a big thank you for me, it’s a big honour.”
Sandhu played basketball for the senior team in Grade 10 and Grade 11, but in her final year at PGSS, she decided to take up coaching. She says it’s a rewarding experience. “It reinforces how much school spirit is evident at PGSS and it really just helps you to learn the kids better, it makes a difference in their lives and I love coaching.”
It especially makes a big difference for students like Mackenzie Matthews who Gabby coached this year. “It was really great to have Gabby as a coach,” said Matthews. “It was just really motivational and she was really helpful in different things, like different techniques for shooting and just really getting you going before a game.”
Sandhu’s fellow peers and teacher have taken notice too. Her teacher, Mike Carson is amazed by how much she gives back. “It’s easy when you become older to become jaded and to see things in a very pessimistic way and student like Gabby inspire me to try and make a difference.”
Moving forward, Sandhu has been accepted to the Biomedical Program at UNBC and has dreams of becoming a doctor. Her final message for the graduating class is something she lives by every day. “Be yourself and embrace yourself and love everything about yourself and if you don’t already, learn to do so, because it really is an important thing in just embracing yourself and loving who you are as a person, it just makes life a whole lot easier to live.”