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Looking forward to future

by Hilary Paige Smith - Monday, June 22, 2009

This article is courtesy of Telegraph-Journal

Four years at Saint John High School lie behind him and a future at McGill University in Montreal lies before him. Within him is admiration and hope for his fellow graduates.

Andrew Pollock was this year's valedictorian at Saint John High School. He shaped his valedictory address around this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

Pollock and nearly 270 other young adults graduated from Saint John High Sunday afternoon.

He said that his experience with these students and the school has been interesting.

"It's a great school, but I'm really looking forward to the future. There is something about this school. It's fantastic and I'm really going to miss it," said Pollock, the son of Randy and Judith Pollock.

The valedictorian at Saint John High has traditionally been chosen by grades and Pollock's appointment is no different.

He could not confirm his final average, but said it was in the high 90s.

Marijke Blok, the school principal, said Andrew appropriately represents the student body.

"He is a very good speaker. He has been involved in drama and has a deep, resonant voice. He's very well spoken," she said.

She recalled a story on Pollock's participation in the Canterbury Tales Literary Festival when he was 16, where he was pitted in a debate against Governor-General's Award-winning poet George Elliott Clarke and UNBSJ professor Miriam Jones. He debated so well that the two invited him out for a drink, not realizing his age.

He was involved in many extra-curricular activities including: Reach for the Top, student council, concert choir, Club Hope and numerous plays.

"I'm glad I did it. I'm glad I got involved through extra-curricular activities. I've made friends that will stay with me for the rest of my life," he said.

"It was a rewarding experience."

Pollock will working toward a bachelor of arts at McGill and eventually wants a degree in geography and urban systems.

Visit the SJHS graduation page for all grad articles and photo galleries including a copy of the Valedictory address by Andrew Pollock.

apollock.jpg - Saint John High School valedictorian Andrew Pollock and his parents, Judith and Randy Pollock. - Taken by Matthew Sherwood