FALL RIVER: Tears and smiles flowed through the Halifax Forum as more than 250 graduates from Lockview High crossed the stage on June 28.

Two grads smile for the camera (Healey photo)

The Fall River-based school saw 278 students graduate, and the night was filled with speeches from Bronwyn Heighton and Chloee Dean-Moore; Valedictorian Kaylyn Morris, whose speech was inspiring and motivating as she told the graduates that “Once a Dragon always a Dragon”; VP Danny Smith, who was emcee; Principal Bernie MacEachern; and music from Riley and Althea Pilapil; and Raquel Wasson, Madison Tufts, and Felicia Wasson.

The Lockview High band also performed before the graduation ceremony got started as the staff and dignitaries and then the students were piped in to the stage and their seats.

The LHS band performed before the graduation ceremony. (Healey photo)

Reporter Pat Healey was in attendance at the graduation ceremony and captured some special moments for the grads, and their parents as they saw their son or daughter complete their high school career. Check out his best shots from the ceremony by checking out our Photo Gallery section here. There are several videos posted as well from the ceremony.

Besides their high school graduation certificates and scholarships, there were special awards handed out to the students.

Among those winners included: Valedictorian- Kaylyn Morris; Lieutenant-Governor’s Awards (given to two grade 11 students): Georgia Saleski; Kristy Faulkner, presented by MLA Bill Horne; Lockview High School Citizenship Award: Conor Waterfield. Halifax Regional School Board Awards were given to Brooke Kattenbusch and Marissa Randolph; the Dragon’s Fire Award was won by Julia MacMillan; the Governor General’s Medal was awarded to Elizabeth Collicutt, presented by Councillor Steve Streatch and Bill Horne.

A grad gets a big hug from mom after walking off the stage after receiving his diploma from Lockview High. (Healey photo)

Meanwhile, Rachel Broders was given the Queen Elizabeth II Medal.

In a first for a Lockview High student, Zack Rooney was awarded the Schulich Leader’s Scholarship. The scholarship, launched in 2012, funds 50 undergraduate scholarships each year, across top Canadian universities. It allows promising students who receive the scholarship to pursue their dreams and become the next global pioneers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

A grad gets a memento photo taken after receiving his diploma (Healey photo)