Valedictorian Spotlight Article

Written by Ayesha Amanullah and Meher Aamir

As this academic year comes to an end, the grade 12 graduation ceremony rapidly approaches. This year, Grade 12 student Jamie Miranda was nominated to represent St. FX’s Class of 2021 as our Valedictorian. Over the past 4 years, Jamie has demonstrated exceptional involvement within our school community, has been an active member of various SOS clubs, maintained a high academic standing, and established close relationships with many of her peers. As we wrap up this school year, we would like to honour Jamie for her contribution to our school and allow the rest of the school community to learn more about her. Stay tuned to get to know more about this year’s valedictorian!

If Jamie could relive any event/experience at St. FX, what would it be?

Honestly, I can’t pick just one experience because even the daily interactions were so much fun. If I absolutely had to choose one of my favourites, I would definitely say OSLC (Ontario Student Leadership Conference). This conference takes place in Niagara and you have to apply to it to attend. It is one of the most fun and exciting trips you can go on and you’re guaranteed to leave your voice there… I lost my voice for a solid week!

What will Jamie miss most when she graduates?

Definitely going to miss the people. All the fun experiences that I was lucky enough to have would not be possible without everyone else. The amazing teachers and staff as well as my fellow peers are truly what made my high school experience so memorable—not to mention my StFX Reps Fam who will always have a special place in my heart!

What made Jamie want to be Class of 2021’s Valedictorian?

Since grade 9, I have loved being a voice and representative of our grade. I feel really fortunate to have connected with all, if not, almost all of our grade throughout the last four years, especially with the help of being a member of the Knights Council. Whether it be in class, in the halls, or through a branch of SOS, connecting with students and listening to what they have to say has always been a passion of mine. Additionally, the friendships that I have made at StFX have made an enormous impact on my high school experience so I truly wanted to thank everyone for making high school as enjoyable as it was. 

What is one piece of advice Jamie would give to grade 9s, 10s, and 11s?

Hard work pays off. It may seem really difficult at times and you might feel like giving up, but look at how far you have come, and understand that you would never know how things could have turned out if you gave up now. Be yourself; don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and be respectful to everyone along the way. Also, cherish high school because before you know it, you’re graduating. 

What key components were needed to become valedictorian?

Of course, being involved in the school community is essential. If people see that you’ve truly made a difference in the school community, it’s much easier for them to believe the message that you put out there. Good grades are also important, so always work hard and try your best. But most importantly, being a respectful, friendly, relatable, and approachable person allows you to make connections with virtually anyone. It is so important to make connections with the student body so that people get to know the real you, and not just the person campaigning.

In the upcoming fall, Jamie will be heading to York University for a BSc in Kinesiology & Health Sciences, which she plans on using towards physiotherapy school. Jamie will truly be missed and we wish her the best of luck in her future endeavours!

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