The last class to have walked through the doors of the old Alberni District Secondary School will be graduating from the new one this weekend.
“I thought it was a good transition,” said Brittany Reynolds, master of ceremonies for the graduation ceremony this Friday, June 26 at the AV Multiplex.
Switching over to the new facility gave her and the rest of the students a sense of newfound pride in their school.
“At the old high school, it was almost falling apart anyways so there wasn’t the same level of respect as there is for this school now,” she said.
“It’s good because since we are the last group to really know that we can pass it onto the other generations to respect the school and leave a bit of ourselves.”
Reynolds, 18, who played rugby all through high school and tried her hand at cheerleading during her final year, will be directing the show on grad night.
“In Grade 9 I just thought it would be good to join something and our rugby team’s just one big family,” she said. “It was just something good to stick with and I made a lot of good friends and I have a lot of good memories to look back on.”
With high school wrapping up, Reynolds plans to stick with rugby recreationally but is turning her sights to academics.
“I’m planning on working towards becoming a social worker,” she said. Reynolds plans on staying on Vancouver Island for her education, either in Nanaimo or Victoria.
“I think it’s just always been something that’s interested me. I like working with youth and kids a lot… I like making a difference.”