Joseph Illunga was very honoured to share a message on behalf of his classmates as valedictorian of McLeod Adult Learning Centre.
"I couldn't believe it," he said. "This was my first and last speech."
Joseph has been a student at McLeod for five years and he has shown so much growth academically in all his classes. He can be seen always smiling, taking part in student led groups and studying in the lunchroom gathered with friends. He has demonstrated determination and independence throughout the year which has led him to receiving the Student Improvement Award.
Joseph has been such a big part of the McLeod Adult Learning Centre community. One story that encapsulates his growth is when he first started attending McLeod, he and others would often check out the other classrooms and comment on the work on the board, "Wow, this looks like a lot of work!" Now, today, the school is congratulating him on completing those very same courses with outstanding grades and achievement.
McLeod has been very fortunate to have Joseph as part of the school family and wishes him all the best in his future endeavors as he pursues his dream of becoming a computer software developer.