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2021 Valedictorian

Despite the pandemic, we must still celebrate student accomplishments, including our graduates and the selection of your graduating class’ valedictorian.

This application process is intended as a way of making a decision that truly reflects the positive qualities and abilities that you possess, but to also make sure that the process is fair and transparent. This process consists of an application, a sample speech, as well as a review of your marks in your Grade 12 year.

Applications and videos are submitted to Ms. Ruscinski (sruscins@hwdsb.on.ca) by May 31, 2021.

Attention Potential Graduates, if you are interested in booking your

Graduation photo session click HERE!

Please Note:

  1. There is a $40 fee which includes the photo session, multiple poses and the student receives the grad composite in folder.
  2. For unable to pay at time of scheduling, please be advised students should choose the ‘Cash on Site’.  They can then pay at session time.
  3. For students that do not want to have actual prints.  You can make the appointment the same way and just have your image for composite inclusion.

    We encourage all students to be photographed.  We always like to see a complete representation of our graduating class


Excerpt from Ontario Ministry of Education: https://www.edu.gov.on.ca/extra/eng/ppm/graduate.html

What do you need to graduate from high school?

What do you need to graduate?

18 compulsory credits

Students must earn the following compulsory credits to obtain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma:

  • 4 credits in English (1 credit per grade)*
  • 3 credits in mathematics (1 credit in Grade 11 or 12)
  • 2 credits in science
  • 1 credit in Canadian history
  • 1 credit in Canadian geography
  • 1 credit in the arts
  • 1 credit in health and physical education
  • 1 credit in French as a second language
  • 0.5 credit in career studies
  • 0.5 credit in civics

Plus one credit from each of the following groups:

Group 1:

  • English or French as a second language**
  • a Native language
  • a classical or an international language
  • social sciences and the humanities
  • Canadian and world studies
  • guidance and career education
  • cooperative education***

Group 2:

  • health and physical education
  • the arts
  • business studies
  • French as a second language**
  • cooperative education***

Group 3:

  • science (Grade 11 or 12)
  • technological education
  • French as a second language**
  • computer studies
  • cooperative education***

In addition to the compulsory credits, students must complete:

*A maximum of 3 credits in English as a second language (ESL) or English literacy development (ELD) may be counted towards the 4 compulsory credits in English, but the fourth must be a credit earned for a Grade 12 compulsory English course.

**In groups 1, 2, and 3, a maximum of 2 credits in French as a second language can count as compulsory credits, one from group 1 and one from either group 2 or group 3.

***A maximum of 2 credits in cooperative education can count as compulsory credits.

†The 12 optional credits may include up to 4 credits earned through approved dual credit courses.

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Updated on Friday, May 21, 2021.
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