Riley Kotzer felt honoured when he was told he was chosen to be one of the valedictorians for Collège Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau.
"I looked forward to sharing this experience with a peer," he said.
To earn this honour, Riley did what he loved, which included playing hockey and playing a major role in the band program.
"I also looked for new opportunities to help the school and his community," he said. "Throughout this, I created great relationships and felt like I could talk on behalf of the entire graduating class."
His favourite class this past year was pre-calculus. He enjoys solving difficult problems and this year he got to dive deeper into the subject.
Graduating during a pandemic, for Riley, has been an interesting experience and also a little uncertain. He is extremely grateful for the teachers' hard work towards grad and he looks forward to this experience.
His plans for the future include attending the Asper School of Business and looking to continue his educational journey in the years following university. He also aims to continue supporting his community in whatever role that may be.
A passage from Riley's valedictory address: « Vous, les canadiens qui comprennent les élèves et les enseignants, êtes ce qui rend notre école si spéciale et je ne changerais rien de nos quatre dernières années, si cela signifiait que je ne pourrais pas être près de vous » (Loose translation: "You, the Canadians who understand students and teachers, are what make our school so special and I wouldn't change anything in our last four years if it meant I couldn't be around you.")