AESS graduating students shine at Friday ceremony

Anastasia Modeste-Point and Brandon Point glide into the gym for the AESS graduation ceremony. (Nina Grossman/The Observer)Anastasia Modeste-Point and Brandon Point glide into the gym for the AESS graduation ceremony. (Nina Grossman/The Observer)
Jessica Heffell and Thomas Andrew smile as they step into the gym, and towards the future.                                 Nina Grossman/The ObserverJessica Heffell and Thomas Andrew smile as they step into the gym, and towards the future. Nina Grossman/The Observer
District of Kent mayor John Van Laerhoven – a 1966 AESS grad – gave a speech to 2018 graduates Friday evening, telling them, “I am confident you are prepared for what lies ahead as you take your next steps…You will make all kinds of choices in the years ahead – some great, some not so good. But whatever they are, you can learn from them.” (Nina Grossman/The Observer)District of Kent mayor John Van Laerhoven – a 1966 AESS grad – gave a speech to 2018 graduates Friday evening, telling them, “I am confident you are prepared for what lies ahead as you take your next steps…You will make all kinds of choices in the years ahead – some great, some not so good. But whatever they are, you can learn from them.” (Nina Grossman/The Observer)
AESS graduating students shine at Friday ceremony
Shanttal Ortiz, Logan Sarka and Sage Phillip-Williamson make their entrance into the gold and white decorated Agassiz Elementary Secondary School (AESS) gymnasium June 1. (Nina Grossman/The Observer)Shanttal Ortiz, Logan Sarka and Sage Phillip-Williamson make their entrance into the gold and white decorated Agassiz Elementary Secondary School (AESS) gymnasium June 1. (Nina Grossman/The Observer)
AESS graduating students shine at Friday ceremony
Tianna Sennie and Griffin Touchet charge into Friday night’s ceremony as excited family and friends snap photos. (Nina Grossman/The Observer)Tianna Sennie and Griffin Touchet charge into Friday night’s ceremony as excited family and friends snap photos. (Nina Grossman/The Observer)
Klaudia Trajanovski and Peter Flukiger lead the rest of the 2018 grads into the AESS gymnasium Friday evening. (Nina Grossman/The Observer)Klaudia Trajanovski and Peter Flukiger lead the rest of the 2018 grads into the AESS gymnasium Friday evening. (Nina Grossman/The Observer)
Danae Timmers and Aidan Van Paridon link arms as they head towards the AESS ceremony.Danae Timmers and Aidan Van Paridon link arms as they head towards the AESS ceremony.
Sts’ailes chief Ralph Leon led the welcoming song at Friday night’s AESS graduation ceremony. (Nina Grossman/The Observer)Sts’ailes chief Ralph Leon led the welcoming song at Friday night’s AESS graduation ceremony. (Nina Grossman/The Observer)
Amanda Heffell and Emiel Van Der Meer make their way under the glowing arches. (Nina Grossman/The Observer)Amanda Heffell and Emiel Van Der Meer make their way under the glowing arches. (Nina Grossman/The Observer)

With cameras flashing and videos recording, Agassiz Elementary Seconday School’s graduating students made their way into the gymnasium Friday night for their grad ceremony. Local officials from the District of Kent, the Village of Harrison, Sts’ailes, Seabird Island and School District SD78 Fraser Cascade congratulated students and offered advice for the future.