by Adam Gould - Communications Officer, Tripartite Forum

(Back) Connor Dennis, Jordyn Gehue, Aurora Paul, John Joesph Tracey, Executive Director Dr. Donald Julien , Marcus Dennis and Ginger Dennis. (Front) Marissa Swallow and Sierra Dawn Pictou. Photo by Adam Gould

Four deserving young Mi’kmaq students were rewarded for their hard work and accomplishments at The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq. The 19th annual Sammy Gehue Achievement Awards ceremony was held on a warm and sunny morning on Tuesday, August 23rd.

The proud recipient of the 2011 Sammy Gehue Grade 12 Graduate Scholarship was Aurora Paul of Indian Brook. A Coxswain in the Sea Cadets, Aurora is enrolled in the Bachelor of Science program studying Kinesiology at Dalhousie University.

The winners of the Sammy Gehue Achievement Awards were: John Joseph Tracey, Marissa Swallow and Sierra Dawn Pictou. John Joseph is a 12-year-old grade-six student from Chapel Island and was nominated by his teacher, Trent Austen. Seven-year-old Marissa, from Pictou Landing, was nominated by her teacher, Nadine Leblanc. Third place winner, Sierra Dawn of Millbrook, was nominated by Ann Marie Beals.

All winners receive a trophy with first place also receiving a prize of $250.00, second place receiving $175.00, and third place receiving $125.00.

In attendance were Sammy’s family; his mother Ginger (Stephanie), sister Jordyn, brothers Connor and Marcus (who was joined by partner Alanna Syliboy), and grandmother Elizabeth. CMM staff was welcomed to attend the ceremony also.

The Sammy Gehue Achievement Awards began in 1993 to honour positive role models from Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaw communities aged five-to-12. The Sammy Gehue Grade 12 Graduate Scholarship began in 2000 and rewards graduating students who are continuing with post-secondary studies.

Special thanks are extended to Marlene Martin and the award and scholarship committee for their hard work and to the Gehue and Dennis Families of Indian Brook for keeping Sammy’s spirit alive in the hearts of everyone.

Congratulations to John, Marissa, Sierra and Aurora in winning the 2011 Sammy Gehue Achievement Awards and the Grade 12 Scholarship!

PS: Love you, Auntie Ginger!