Relationships and connections are the most important to Hunting Hill’s Valedictorian
Relationships and connections have played an integral role throughout Janie Tong’s high school career. She has recently been named this year’s Valedictorian for Hunting Hills High School.
“School itself is a lot with homework, assignments and exams, but the connections that you have with your friends and the relationships with your teachers it’s something that is really uplifting and gives you the balance that you need,” said Janie Tong, who has been named Valedictorian for Hunting Hill’s Class of 2023.
“I was really shocked when I heard the news of being named Valedictorian,” said Janie. “Throughout high school I have been working very hard, and it never really occurred to me that I could achieve it. Once it sunk in, I was really excited about it and proud because it was a recognition of all my hard work.”
Janie, who has been part of Red Deer Public Schools since Kindergarten, reflects on a few highlights during her high school career.
“Our Bike-A-Thon and Wakefest were so much fun,” she said. “It was fun to get to know my classmates, and have those experiences together and to make those connections.”
In Grade 10, Janie took a course called Social Studies 10-20-30, which meant she took all three years of social studies in one year. This type of dedication set her on the path for success.
“It was where I Iearned my work ethic because I was taking a Grade 12 course in Grade 10,” she said. “My teacher was great too, and made the class a lot of fun.”
As for what’s next, Janie will be heading to the University of Waterloo where she is enrolled in the Computer Science program.
“I’m really excited for a new adventure,” she said.
As for her upcoming graduation ceremonies, Janie said she is looking forward to making memories with friends, family and teachers. “I want to really appreciate the whole experience,” she said, adding she is also looking forward to addressing her fellow graduates. “The theme of my speech is to remember the good moments, but also the hard moments too. The highs and lows of high school are what helped shape who we are today. High school was when we really found ourselves and started to answer the question we were asked when we were so young, which was ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’” said Janie. “It’s been a great experience.”
Darwin Roscoe, Principal at Hunting Hills High School, said Janie, who is known for her academic excellence and remarkable character, is deserving of this honour.
“Her numerous accolades in Advanced Placement and her relentless pursuit of knowledge have impacted her educational journey. Beyond her academic achievements, she has taken on leadership roles as a quiet leader, demonstrating exceptional organizational skills and the ability to unite others,” he said. “Her contributions to Hunting Hills High School have been recognized with the Power of Home, Power of Honour, and Power of Heart awards, acknowledging her compassion, empathy, and kindness. Her completion of the intercultural certificate shows her commitment to fostering cross-cultural understanding. Her genuine warmth sets her apart. She uplifts and supports her peers, embodying the qualities of a true mentor and friend.”
Graduation ceremonies for Hunting Hills will take place on May 26 at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.