Amherst celebrates “top dogs”

By Aaron Jahn

General Amherst High School gathered to celebrate their top students on November 2 at the Ciociaro Club with 500 parents and students.

Essex County School Board representative Helga Bailey was in attendance to help celebrate the students accomplishments with them and their parents and spoke of how much it meant to her to be there.

Grade nine honour roll students gather after receving their certificates of recognition on the stage of the Ciociaro Club last Wednesday

“I am delighted to be here this evening, in fact I consider this an honour and a privilege,” Bailey said when addressing the crowd.  “I would like to thank the parents and families for providing these students with the love and daily support that allows them to succeed.”

General Amherst Principal Mary Edwards spoke of the wide spectrum of students that had achieved such high marks during the year, regardless of their other commitments.

“I look out here (at the crowd) and I’m so blessed to see the group of students gathered here,” said Edwards.  “Some of you are athletes, some of you are artists and everything in between, but you are all honour students.

The crowd was treated to a performance by the General Amherst Jazz Choir lead by JoAnne Harte, the school’s vocal teacher.

The Top Dog Award for the highest Grade average for grades 9 to 11 were:

Grade 9 Dale Dupont

Grade 10 Alicia Beneteau

Grade 11 Rebecca Pillon


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