Emily Hiebert was very surprised when she was told she was one of the valedictorians for Collège Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau.
"It was not something I had really saw myself doing," she said. "However, I was and continue to be grateful to be given the opportunity to represent the other students in my graduating class."
To earn this honour, Emily has always worked hard to her best in all her classes from Grade 9 onward, and she's very proud of what she's accomplished academically.
"I've also always made my best efforts to be a positive and optimistic person and do whatever I can to support those around me and work towards maintaining an inclusive environment," she said.
Her favourite class this past year was biology, because it's a topic that's always been interesting to her, and she's looking forward to taking biology courses in university.
Graduating during a pandemic, for Emily, has created some added stress, as she and her classmates often had no idea if they would be in school or remote, have a convocation or not. But at the end of the day, they will have a graduation like no other year, and she thinks they should be proud of overcoming all the extra obstacles to get to this point.
Her plans for the future include beginning her post-secondary education at the University of Manitoba in the faculty of science, with a goal to either continue with microbiology or pursue veterinary medicine.
A passage from Emily's valedictory address: "Move forward with high hopes and expectations and exceed them all!"