A pair of students from St. Thomas Aquinas Middle School received provincial recognition for their commitment to indigenous spirit.
Ava Littlechild and Muna Castle earned honourable mentions for the Honouring Spirit – Indigenous Student Award, handed out by the Alberta School Board Association.
The award recognizes indigenous students who display a strong commitment to education and embrace their own gifts and potential while celebrating the ways of their people.
“It is essential to recognize First Nations, Métis and Inuit students who embrace their cultural identity, model leadership and are committed to pursuing their educational path,” said Selena Frizzley, Coordinator of the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Support Team at Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools.
“We are honoured to have the opportunity to celebrate Ava and Muna on their achievements.”
Littlechild’s former Principal, Chris Andrew said she was always willing to go the extra mile to inspire others.
“Ava is a kind and caring student who strives to do her best and try new things. She is an excellent role model for other Indigenous youth as she continually develops pride in her culture and works towards deepening her understanding of her cultural traditions,” said her former Principal, Chris Andrew at Maryview School.
Former school counsellor Wendy Lynch added Castle was a strong leader for other students.
“Muna enjoys learning and sharing about her culture. She is an excellent role model through the way she interacts with staff and students,” Lynch said.