Fort Chipewyan high school graduates set the small Alberta town abuzz as residents celebrated their youth’s achievements with a convocation ceremony and a loving send-off from the Athabasca Delta Community School.
Fourteen graduates crossed the stage the evening of June 27, acknowledging their achievement in style with a 1920s Great Gatsby decor theme.
“We went all out in terms of decorations and food,” said teacher Bailey Campbell.
The glitzy event came together with the support of several organizations based in the small hamlet, including donations from the local fire department and the Lake Athabasca Youth Council (LAYC).
Chippers, a local restaurant, even served up 14 individualized pizzas, one for each grad.
Unfortunately, a recent death in the community delayed the graduation awards ceremony. It will be held instead this coming September.
Until then, the graduates are looking forward to setting off on their own paths, some leading them out of the region to study everything from the trades to media design, while others plan to stick around the town on the edge of Lake Athabasca.