Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

The 8th annual Heart of Maverick celebration took place at Maverick School in Swift Current, May 25. The event was a celebration of the values of this student-driven school and the winner of the Heart of Maverick award was announced. The Heart of Maverick award is presented annually to a student who best represents the school's values and principles. Candidates are nominated by fellow students and staff members. Thereafter the top five nominees are selected by a committee, and the winner is then selected through a vote by students and staff. The winner was Cat Kearney and the other nominees were Griffin Funk, Alex Lindquist, Cera Myhr, and Aisha Silzer. The award was created to honour the legacy of the school's founding principal Steve Small, who retired in 2010. Steve and his wife Shannon donate the $300 cash prize for the award. There were some emotional moments during the event as students, family members and staff shared their feelings about the difference the school makes in their lives.

 

Central School in Swift Current held a special assembly on May 25 to formally unveil the song Cougar Strong, which was created by students through a collaborative effort with Saskatchewan singer-songwriter Jeffery Straker. He was present at the event to hear a performance of the song by the Central School choir and the entire student assembly. He was joined by local musician and high school teacher Ken Friesen, who created a backing track for the song in his studio. The song was written in early February, when Straker visited the school for a songwriting workshop with a group of 21 students from Grade 5-8. The creation of the song was a real school effort, because music teacher Celia Hammerton also brainstormed ideas for the song with students in different grades before the workshop. Students created the verses, chorus and melody for the song with guidance from Straker. The project provided a unique opportunity to students to explore their creativity and to learn about the songwriting process.

 

Community support helped the Swift Current SPCA to achieve its goal to raise $25,000 during the 5th annual John Mueller Memorial SPCA Radiothon, May 24. This amount represents about one month's budget for the animal shelter. The radiothon is the shelter's biggest fundraising event of the year. Various activities in support of the radiothon took place on Market Square during the day, including a hot dog barbeque, live musical entertainment by local performers, a pet photographer and a caricature artist. The Swift Current SPCA is a community-funded charity that relies on donations, fundraising, grants and adoption fees for more than 80 per cent of its annual budget. It is guided by a volunteer board of directors and every year volunteers contribute over 3,000 hours to the organization. The shelter takes care of 250 to 350 cats and dogs every year.

 

The Swift Current Broncos is looking to fill two key positions in the organization after an announcement about the future of Head Coach Manny Viveiros and Director of Business Operations Dianne Sletten.

The Dance Studio students in Swift Current will conclude a season of intense training and competition with two events to showcase their talents to family and friends.

After a career of 35 years in the fire service, Swift Current Fire Chief Denis Pilon is looking forward to  spend more time with his grandchildren and to gaze at the stars during his retirement.

The Swift Current United Way made a special presentation to long-time volunteer Archie Green to recognize his dedication to the organization.

The Swift Current United Way placed a spotlight on addiction at the kickoff breakfast for the organization's 2018 fundraising campaign at the Living Sky Casino event centre, May 16.

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