Small Town, Big Success

Living in a small town has its unique advantages. For the 2020 graduating class at Salmo Secondary School, they were able to use ‘smallness’ to their advantage this year. COVID-19 brought many traditional grad ceremonies to a sudden halt, requiring a shift towards hosting virtual events. However, with just ten students graduating this year in Salmo, their numbers allowed them to still host an intimate ceremony with families on June 9th.

Every student graduating this year from Salmo Secondary achieved a scholarship and during the ceremony each grad was recognized with a personalized reflection. Two students, Sarah Mobbs and Aidan Milburn, were also acknowledged for having gone above and beyond in receiving entrance scholarships to their chosen schools of interest.

Sarah, who has been accepted into the College of the Rockies, received the College of the Rockies Academic Excellence Scholarship ($1000) and will begin her four-year Bachelor of Education program this fall. Sarah shared that her inspiration to go into teaching came out of her respect and encouragement from her teachers at Salmo the last couple of years.

“Finishing high school online this year was pretty different, but I didn’t mind it. I liked being able to work on my own schedule.” Sarah will begin her COTR studies online in the fall and remain at home for the first year.

Fellow graduate Aidan Milburn gained acceptance into the University of Victoria’s Commerce and Business program. He has been awarded UofVic’s $3000 entrance scholarship for academic excellence as well as a $1000 provincial scholarship from BC Dairy Association for his involvement in school sports.

Aidan’s involvement in athletics spanned his entire time at Salmo Secondary. “There wasn’t much for sports teams happening when I started Grade 7 at Salmo Secondary,” shared Aidan.

“I’m so grateful to my dad, Don Milburn, who stepped up to volunteer coach us!”

Aidan attributes a change in the school around sports and sports culture to the interest shown by a group of students that were keen to play. “Looking back, it’s great to see how a group of us helped start those programs back up again, to bring the passion for sports back into the school.”

Aidan was the MVP for his basketball team in both his final years, in addition to earning outstanding academic achievements such as Principal’s list and Community Citizenship awards both years as well.

“The future is yours!” expresses Vice-Principal Misty Terpstra. Salmo Secondary wishes to extend congratulations to all of their talented graduates this year.


For more information:

Mistry Terpstra, VP Salmo Secondary


About the Board of Education of School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake):

The Board of Education of School District No. 8 provides educational services to numerous diverse communities in the East & West Kootenays, including Crawford Bay, Creston, Kaslo, Meadow Creek, Nelson, Salmo, Slocan, South Slocan, Winlaw, Wynndel and Yahk. Its dedicated team focuses on providing the best possible educational opportunities for over 5,400 students and their families. Its mission is to focus on excellence for all learners in a nurturing environment.

Current until: Friday, July 10th, 2020

Posted: Friday, June 26th, 2020