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Valedictorians: Kirollos Attalla of the Holy Trinity

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Being the only IB graduate student, Kirollos has shown academic excellence and resilience over the years. This perseverance towards academics makes him well-versed, earning the highest mark in math-20 and a competitive average in biology-30 and chemistry-30. His activity around the school is also quite significant. He served as a class representative for the student council, as well as one of two school representatives for the Edmonton Catholic Schools Student Senate. Using his public speaking skills, he served as emcee for the Division, presented at Father Michael Mireau’s Youth Faith Day, and hosted school assemblies. Released from Windsor, Ontario in 2019, Kirollos is fully committed to his responsibilities and to others around him. Kirollos will attend the University of Alberta nursing program this fall.

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So graduates, my message to you is this:

Continue to dream.

Remember how valuable it is to imagine yourself in the future you want while keeping in mind that what God has for you may be completely better and different than what you might even be aiming for. Do not limit yourself to the assumptions and shortcomings of this world. A dream is not a night to dream, it’s a lifetime. From the first image to the final breath, a dream never really dies. Use your God-given abilities and talents and realize how precious you truly are. You will encounter difficulties in life, it is a fact that cannot be denied. However, you must see beyond the problems you will endure and the difficulties you will encounter, and remember that no matter what, a dream is worth dying for. It’s not about what you can achieve in life, it’s about what you can push. It’s about stamina, charisma, and how you see life.

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Remember your worth, remember your loved ones and families, and above all, remember your dreams.

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How do you think the pandemic has changed your high school experience?

While COVID-19 has changed a lot in the traditional cliché, one thing that is often overlooked in this chaos is the sheer contrast of events during this short span. The pandemic has challenged us in many ways, and especially for our graduation year, it has subjected us to varying levels of restrictions. From complete confinement to total freedom, the pandemic has changed our conception of what is possible in a public environment. She showed how the institutions of today deal with the problems of tomorrow.

What do you think is the one thing to take away from the upheaval of the past two years?

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As a result of this pandemic, we have truly learned that stability is a luxury. It taught me that even though everything can change and the very nature of this world is built on inconsistencies, the promises we make in our world today will always impact our decisions for tomorrow. The very idea of ​​having a routine and a predictable future that we can use to plan our society is undoubtedly a gift that cannot be refuted.

What’s your favorite thing in Edmonton?

Edmonton is a city that really has no limits. Compared to other Canadian cities, it offers many economic opportunities and, when you look at the people, it really has the spirit of the North. I often think of Edmonton as “a city of freedom”, where you can live your life without worrying about the consequences of fear and necessity. One could dream of their future in this city, and to me that is the most precious gift one could ask for and the most important factor in determining the viability of a city.

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Who is your hero?

My father will forever be my hero. He taught me how special life is and how without guidance you really get lost in the world we live in. He is my rock, my home and one of the main pillars of my faith. He raised me from a very young age and as a first born I realized how essential a role model can be. Always being a devoted husband to my mother and a doting father to his children, he set the expectations of what it means to be a leader. I strive to follow in his footsteps, so that one day I will do the same with my family. I have no doubt that his soul is a soul of love and compassion. Not only is my father a hero to me, but an inspiration and guide in my everyday life.

What is your favorite quote or expression?

“A society grows when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they will never sit” – Greek proverb

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