PSO graduates hit the streets in style

Zoe Mosimann rides atop a horse at the head of the 2022 grad parade down Birch Avenue. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Zoe Mosimann rides atop a horse at the head of the 2022 grad parade down Birch Avenue. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
A group of Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School students and grads ride towards the school in the back of a pickup truck following the 2022 grad parade. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)A group of Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School students and grads ride towards the school in the back of a pickup truck following the 2022 grad parade. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Spectators gather along Birch Avenue to watch the 2022 grad parade last Saturday. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Spectators gather along Birch Avenue to watch the 2022 grad parade last Saturday. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Spectators gather along Birch Avenue to watch the 2022 grad parade last Saturday. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Spectators gather along Birch Avenue to watch the 2022 grad parade last Saturday. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School grads don Star Wars helmets during the 2022 grad parade. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School grads don Star Wars helmets during the 2022 grad parade. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
A member of Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School’s grad class of 2022 takes part in a parade down Birch Avenue. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)A member of Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School’s grad class of 2022 takes part in a parade down Birch Avenue. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
A couple rides in the back of a pickup truck during the 2022 grad parade. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)A couple rides in the back of a pickup truck during the 2022 grad parade. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Kade Spencer waves to the crowd as she pokes her head out of a sunroof in the 2022 grad parade. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Kade Spencer waves to the crowd as she pokes her head out of a sunroof in the 2022 grad parade. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Serina Kary rocked an all-black look during the 2022 grad parade down Birch Avenue. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Serina Kary rocked an all-black look during the 2022 grad parade down Birch Avenue. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
A member of Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School’s grad class of 2022 takes part in a parade down Birch Avenue. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)A member of Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School’s grad class of 2022 takes part in a parade down Birch Avenue. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
A member of Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School’s grad class of 2022 takes part in a parade down Birch Avenue. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)A member of Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School’s grad class of 2022 takes part in a parade down Birch Avenue. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Colin Ross (left) donned a Mandalorian helmet, from Star Wars, for the 2020 grad parade and loaned a pair of stormtrooper helmets to his friends Evan Kalmakoff and Tyler Guimond.Colin Ross (left) donned a Mandalorian helmet, from Star Wars, for the 2020 grad parade and loaned a pair of stormtrooper helmets to his friends Evan Kalmakoff and Tyler Guimond.
Megan Balbirnie (left) poses for a photo with her fellow Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School grads Nolan Stusrud and Hannah Meier.Megan Balbirnie (left) poses for a photo with her fellow Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School grads Nolan Stusrud and Hannah Meier.
Jasfia Nielsen, part of Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School’s grad class of 2021, supported her sister Junaya Nielsen, the class valedictorian.Jasfia Nielsen, part of Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School’s grad class of 2021, supported her sister Junaya Nielsen, the class valedictorian.
Nelly Baechmann, centre, receives a hug from her mom Elke (left) and father Ralf during the grad celebrations in Centennial Park.Nelly Baechmann, centre, receives a hug from her mom Elke (left) and father Ralf during the grad celebrations in Centennial Park.
Vanessa Betschart takes a break from the 2022 grad mixer at Centennial Park. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Vanessa Betschart takes a break from the 2022 grad mixer at Centennial Park. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Ryan Vincenz, on of Peter Skene Ogden’s graduating class of 2022’s two valedictorians, said he and his fellow grads are optimistic to find out what the future holds for him. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Ryan Vincenz, on of Peter Skene Ogden’s graduating class of 2022’s two valedictorians, said he and his fellow grads are optimistic to find out what the future holds for him. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Lauren Reid smiles as she rides down Birch Avenue in the back of a pickup truck. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Lauren Reid smiles as she rides down Birch Avenue in the back of a pickup truck. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Several Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School grad students rode through 100 Mile House on the back of a semi-trailer on Saturday. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Several Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School grad students rode through 100 Mile House on the back of a semi-trailer on Saturday. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
The Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School graduating class of 2022.The Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School graduating class of 2022.

Close to 100 Peter Skene Ogden grads marked the end of high school Saturday with a parade down Birch Avenue in hotrods, trucks and even a horse.

Dozens of friends and family cheered them on as they headed to Centennial Park for a social mixer and photographs. The grad class numbered 108 this year, but only 98 took part in the parade and the subsequent dry grad, according to dry grad committee chair Jim Carter.

“Seeing them here all together in one spot is just a really cool experience,” said Junaya Nielsen, 17, who was named co-valedictorian with Ryan Vincenz.

Vincenz, who plans to study dentistry, said he is looking forward to getting out into the wider world and experiencing life beyond 100 Mile House. He intends to spend eight years at school and four years in the military and “then I’ll be back.”

“It’s a new adventure to take on,” Vincenz said.

Grad Colin Ross said it was “awesome” to participate in the parade. He and his friends made the moment extra special by donning helmets from Star Wars.

“We’re just the biggest Star Wars fans,” said Ross, who has a collection of helmets. “I thought wearing the helmets with the suits would look really good. You feel imposing and you feel like a badass.”

Bruce Stustrud, whose grandson Nolan was a graduate this year, said it was great to see the return of the traditional parade. During the pandemic, the grads celebrated in a reverse parade,which meant they stood on the streets while people drove past them.

“Everybody wanted to see this, we’ve been missing it and the arena was filled right to the bones (at the graduation ceremony) so that was really super,” Stustrud said.

Nielsen, who plans to become an RCMP officer like her father Staff Sgt. Svend Nielsen, said she is optimistic about the future. Both she and Vincenz tried to keep a light-hearted tone when delivering their speech to the class.

“I say, pick something you love and dedicate yourself to it. Just put your all into it, don’t second guess yourself and don’t let other people influence your decision,” Nielsen said. “Dedicate yourself to it and you’ll succeed.”



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