It was an exciting night for Shae-Lynn Lahey of Heart’s Desire at the Crescent Collegiate annual awards ceremony.
The 18-year-old science student at Memorial University knew she’d walk home with a few of the night’s top mark awards, but she had no idea two of the biggest awards would have her name on them.
The Governor General’s Academic Medal, given to the student that achieves the highest academic average in all Grade 11 and 12 courses, is one of the most prestigious awards given to graduates. Education Minister Dale Kirby presented her the medal on Monday, Dec. 21.
It may have been the most prestigious award of the night, but for Lahey, there was one that was more surprising.
“I didn’t expect to get the Musician of the Year award,” she said.
Lahey plays bass guitar, an instrument not found in many high school music classes. She also used to sing with the choir.
She received 12 awards, including three previously awarded ones, numerous highest average awards and a scholarship for her contribution to the community. She has an overall average of 96 per cent on her transcripts.
When asked how they felt about the awards, her parents were overwhelmed.
“Proud, very proud,” mom Jackie Lahey said, holding back tears of joy.
Her dad Shawn Lahey couldn’t stop smiling. He said he was very excited for his daughter’s hard work.
In the coming years, Lahey hopes to complete her Bachelor of Science degree and go to medical school.
Lahey may have received the highest average for Level III, but the school broke a few personal records with honours students.
Among them, the highest percentage of senior students receiving a diploma and the largest group of honours graduates in the school’s history. Seventy-four students graduated from Crescent Collegiate for the 2014-15 school year,
With 17 students lining the stage for a photo to recognize their honours status, there was barely room for principal Michelle Chislett-Lahey.