Red Deer Public School District

High school has been a steady race for this year’s LTCHS valedictorian

Making it to graduation has been a steady race for the valedictorian at Lindsay Thurber.

Josh Campbell, a student athlete who competes in long distance and cross-country running, track and was the quarterback for this year’s high school football team, says completing high school takes motivation, dedication and perseverance.

“High school, like running, has lots of uphills and downhills,” he said. “I want to try and connect with my grad class, and inspire them to be their best selves.”

Campbell added being named valedictorian is a huge honour.

“I was elated. It was definitely a goal of mine. When I first started high school I never really thought this would be possible, but I was named a top academic student in Grade 9 and it definitely inspired me to try and go for valedictorian. It’s been a four year goal of mine.”

Highlights of his high school career have included this past football season.

“My first two years playing football here in Grade 10 and 11 we didn’t do so well, but we finally turned it around this year and made the provincial semi-finals and that was definitely a highlight,” he said. “Academically the highlight would be being the valedictorian and I’m definitely looking forward to grad.”

Campbell has been accepted to McGill University in Montreal and will pursue a Bachelor of Science degree.

“I’m not sure which direction I will go yet, but it will either be something with mathematics because that is my strongest area, but I have also not ruled out pursuing medical school to become a doctor after.”

Sandre Bevan, Vice Principal at Lindsay Thurber said Campbell’s personal strengths are as impressive as his intellectual and athletic accomplishments. 

“He is a hard, hard worker who demonstrates excellence in all that he puts his mind to, and he always respects others' opinions even when they differ from his own. He is a talented, intelligent student with charisma, confidence, strong values, and respect for others,” she said. “Josh will be, without doubt, one of tomorrow's leaders. I can't wait to see where Josh will make his impact on the world.”

Graduation takes place May 31 for the 2019 class of Lindsay Thurber High School.