CISB has incredible senior students who work hard with their academic studies while also committing time to extracurricular activities. These senior students are well-rounded, dedicated, organized and committed to the school community. As a student-led initiative, students manage the graduate committee with the guidance of teaching staff. We are very proud of their accomplishments.

We interviewed three senior students who are on the graduation committee-Gwenael Karangwa, Keira McInnis and Sierra Cook Cortes. The interview allowed us to get a better understanding of why they have chosen to join the committee and what have they are hoping to gain from this experience.

Describe how the Grad Committee started?

Each year the new senior class inherits the responsibility of planning their graduation and other yearly events. We have an elected head of the committee and a treasurer to help with organizational purposes. Everyone on the committee has equal status and is free to contribute as they see fit. The graduation committee operates each year so that the senior class will have a more personalized and memorable graduation year.

What does the grad committee do, and what are the positive outcomes of being on the Grad Committee?

Being a member of the grad committee has allowed me to learn and do so many different things. One of the things that I have learnt is the value of teamwork. Our grad committee works as a team and reaches agreement on decisions made. This has made me realize that a group of people working together is better than working on your own. Being a member of the grad committee has also given me an excellent opportunity to share some of the great ideas that I have always wanted to try out in order to make grade 12 a fun and memorable year for all my fellow grade 12 classmates.

What has been your favorite moment of being on the Grad Committee?

We have been having grad committee meetings for about 4-5 weeks now, and the best part or the best memory so far is being able to listen to everyone’s ideas on what they want for their senior year at CISB, whether they are on the grad committee or not.

I think that being a part of the committee has definitely brought us closer as a grade and as friends. I am excited to being a part of creating more favorite moments this year.

If you could give one piece of advice to future students on the Grad Committee, what would that be?

The most important part of being on the grad committee is listening to each other’s ideas and thoughts. I have definitely learned from the other students by just listening to them. There are different roles within the committee, and when this happens in any group work, the most important thing is to treat each other as equals. I would also say to keep in contact with everyone, with any decision that is being made, through meetings or having a group chat to talk when you are not all together in one place. Finally, I would say just to have fun! It is the last year of high school, so just enjoy it as much as you can.

How have the teachers at CISB supported the Grad Committee?

We are fortunate to have some supporting teachers like Mr. Harold, Ms. Graham, Ms. Tyagi, and Ms. Rabord to keep us keep organized and running. They are very helpful in reminding us of important dates, keeping morale high, and guiding us on how to plan some of the more complicated aspects of our responsibilities. All of us on the committee really appreciate the support and helpful tips these teachers provide.