When Winny Malok was told she would be valedictorian for Kildonan-East Collegiate, she was ecstatic.
"Being valedictorian has always been something I dreamed of," said Winny. "I'm beyond grateful for the opportunity to speak on behalf of my class."
To earn this honour, Winny worked hard to keep a high academic standing and made sure to get involved in as many things as possible—from clubs such as Key Club and Best Buddies to sports team such as basketball and ultimate frisbee, and school events such as KEC's Black History Month celebrations.
"Being involved in the school community allowed me to meet and build trust and friendships with a variety of my classmates," she said.
Her favourite class was a Science Enrichment course, because she was able to learn so many things that would prepare her for not only university but beyond.
Graduating during a pandemic, for Winny, was anything but stress-free with not knowing how graduation would pan out. This year has not been the senior year she and her classmates were expecting, but she is glad they get some type of celebration and acknowledgement for all the hard work they've put in.
Her plans for the future include beginning her first year at the University of Manitoba and studying biochemistry in the hopes of having a career in the medical field.
A passage from Winny's valedictory address: "'When life throws you a curveball, you get up, readjust, brush yourself off, and keep moving forward.' With all the mishaps that have happened this year or in my life in general, I've followed this quote and encouraged myself to keep moving forward because mishaps are only temporary."