– Minister Trotman to St Joseph graduates“Live good and productive lives based on some strong spiritual values: love God, love yourself for who you are, and find and build good healthy relationships; invest in them and protect them.”This was the charge delivered by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman to graduates of St Joseph High School as excitement and loud applause filled the air at their graduation and prize giving ceremony on Wednesday.Minister Trotman told the students that the past five or more years of academic life would have moulded them for the pressures of life, which carry several challenges that must be overcome. He added that these tests are lessons they can utilise when going forward.“Each of you would recall the first day you got here as first formers bursting with excitement. There may have been many hardships — whether financial, death or travelling far distances; but whatever they have been, I am confident you have weathered many storms and overcome those.”The Minister of Natural Resources, a former student of the school, recalled the daunting task of being among the first batch of boys to enter St Joseph High School, which was an all-girls school at that time. He related how challenging school was for him, but he said he did not allow that to deter him, as he later went on to attend renowned universities and now holds the post of Minister of Natural Resources.The minister encouraged the graduates to believe in themselves. “You have grown from boys and girls to be young adults. You have discovered things about yourself. God has placed skilled and abilities in you, and you have to cast your eyes forward to the lives you want for yourself. I challenge you to discover what you are good at, and hold those skills, and you will find that your life’s journey will be easier.”According to a report from the Department of Public Information, the graduation and prize giving ceremony was held under the theme “Conquering Challenges for Success.” The audience was entertained with dance, singing, and steelpan drumming; and proceedings concluded with distribution of prizes.
The hill is officially opens at 11 a.m. Thursday, and will remain open to skiers and snowboarders all the way until 9 p.m. tonight, so riders can enjoy some fun in the sun, as well as some night time riding.Good Friday, also know as Frugal Fridays at Nitehawk, means $15 lift passes and $15 rentals between the hours of 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Progressing into the weekend, Saturday, March 30, the hill will be holding the annual Slush Cup, a contest seeing who can ski or board the farthest across a 100 foot long pond. Last year, approximately 80 participants took their shot at winning the Slush Cup, and organizers expect just as many this year.- Advertisement -The event is great for anyone interested in having some unqiue fun at the hill, and anyone interested in competing is welcome to attempt.Registration for the Slush Cup starts Saturday morning, and the competition begins at 2 p.m.Saturday will also feature a Ski/Board Rail Jam, which is open for the public to compete in. Registration will take place Saturday morning with the competition beginning at noon.Advertisement Finally, Sunday will be chalked full of fun activities at the hill, as it’s Customer Appreciation Day at Nitehawk, which will feature deals such as 50 per cent off rentals, and $99 family day passes.The tubing zone will also be offering some great deals, as Nitehawk will only be charging $70 for the whole family to tube, which includes the rental of helmets.A Mountain Bike 4-Cross is also being held at Nitehawk Sunday, which will see competitors racing down a snow track along the ski hill. The event will take place at 2 p.m. with registration opening at 11 a.m.In the spirit of Easter, Nitehawk will also be holding an Easter Egg Hunt Sunday, which will take place at 1 p.m. and will include free cake and hot chocolate for participants.Advertisement Staff at Nitehawk says the fun filled weekend will cap off a great season on the hill which began back on November 16. To add to the fun, staff claims the hill is in great condition because of last week’s heavy snowfall.For more information on all the events taking place at the Grande Prairie ski hill, visit Nitehawk’s official website.