This year Catholic Central is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and on that occasion, Cougars With Quills decided to locate some of our past valedictorians. Let’s be honest: we all wonder what happened to these bright students. On that, we decided to ask them a few questions. Here is Lindsay Amatto (Class of 2015), Quentin Golsteyn (Class of 2015), and Dr. Ian Miller (Class of 1990).
- Please tell me a little about yourself.
Lindsay: My name is Lindsay Amatto and I graduated in 2015. I am currently attending the University of Lethbridge working towards a degree in biological sciences. I hope to eventually pursue a career in medicine.
Dr. Ian Miller: My name is Dr. Miller and I graduated in 1990. I am a dentist at Legacy Dental.
Quentin: My name is Quentin Golsteyn. I graduated in 2015 and I am now pursuing an engineering degree at UBC in Vancouver.
2. What is your best memory of your high school years?
Lindsay: It’s hard to pick my best memory, but a lot of them happened on the road with the sports teams at tournaments, and making it to provincials and things of that sort!
Dr. Miller: My best memories were the friendships formed at CCH with diverse people and teachers. We didn’t have any cell phones at the time so we had to make face-to-face connections. It was somewhat harder to make friends but I believe the bonds were tighter. It was the good old days! Other than that, playing for the basketball team with my former teammates was also very memorable.
Quentin: By far, my best memory at CCH was making YouTube videos for the school’s YouTube channel. Being a videographer for the school allowed me to attend and help at practically all events organized throughout the year. However, the most memorable aspect of being a videographer was having my videos played in front of the school audience, where I had the chance to truly appreciate the importance of my work.
3. Are there any lessons you have learned at CCH that were surprisingly valuable?
Lindsay: Not too sure yet, but I guess time will tell!
Dr. Miller: During my high school years, I learned the importance of learning continually throughout your life. Knowledge is something you can never have too much of. High school classes give you the perfect “starter pack” for success. After this milestone, it is your own choice to continue to grow and improve your own person by learning and staying open-minded to the world we live in.
Quentin: At the beginning of our grade twelve year, Mrs. Koran gave us a speech about the year ahead. In her speech, she asked a question that truly inspired me: “What legacy are you leaving behind?” Indeed, it may be tempting to think that high school is a place where knowledge goes one way, from the teacher to the student. However, as I progressed through my studies at CCH, I realized there is also an expectation to give back to the community. This way, the school itself can learn and grow into an inclusive and rich learning environment. After high school, the same idea can still be applied in our workspace and in our postsecondary school. If we try to do our best to improve our surroundings, wherever we are, it allows us to truly make a positive impact on our everyday world.
4. Have you been back to CCH since you’ve graduated? If so, how has it changed?
Lindsay: This question is a little hard because it’s only been a year, but I’ve heard that that have made a lot of new clubs such as Interact. This one isn’t directly about CCH, but the development (of all the houses and new stores) around Campus West is crazy!
Dr. Miller: Since I left CCH on my last day of grade twelve in June 1990, Catholic Central has seen many changes such as a brand new campus on the west side as well as renovations. I wonder how this rich community will continue to grow.
Quentin: I have been back to visit some of my former teachers. Regarding any changes, I don’t have any in mind except the new Tim Hortons near Campus West. (Lucky students!)
5. What would you tell your “CCH self” today?
Lindsay: I would probably say something along the lines of (as cheesy as it is): “Never lose sight of where you came from. but always look toward your future. Always keep the values and skills you learn in your high school years (and develop on them), but know that you have so much potential and so far to go after high school.”
Dr. Miller: I would tell my former self to stress less about the future and simply enjoy the moment because your high school years do really go by quickly. University life is quite the ride, and years do fly away, so it is important to enjoy every moment. Your last game, the day you get to wear your gown, or the last time you step out of your high school as a grade 12 student will all be memorable moments, so enjoy them as much as you possibly can.
Quentin: I think if there was one thing I would tell my past high school self, it would be to stay open-minded. High school is a time of discovery and preparation for adulthood. As a high school student, it is extremely important to accept the opinion of others, to try new things, and sometimes be ready to admit defeat and change your plan when things don’t work out as expected. For me, it was that last point that was the most difficult. I never wanted to give up. While it is commendable, I think in certain occasions throughout my high school years I should have allowed myself to change my course of action. So to all graduating students, be ready to make mistakes and to realize you are maybe not going the right way. Once you accept this, you will be ready to prove yourself for success.
Congratulations to the CCH Class of 2016!
Charlène Golsteyn is a grade eleven student at CCH. She enjoys participating in many events, clubs, and sports offered at CCH. If she is not doing something with the school, you might find her working on her latest scientific experiment, painting, or trying a new French, baking recipe. Her favourite things about CCH are the incredible teachers and students that make school fun.