Vanier Collegiate student Shaylee Rosnes was surprised to receive a provincial academic honour.
© Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
Grade 11 Vanier Collegiate student Shaylee Rosnes received the Saskatchewan Council of Exceptional Children’s Yes I Can Academic Award.
“It’s really awesome actually. I wasn’t expecting to win at all. So the fact that I did is just awesome,” she said.
Rosnes is the recipient of the Saskatchewan Council of Exceptional Children’s Yes I Can Academic Award. The Grade 11 student is diagnosed with spastic cerebral diplegia and uses a wheelchair to get to school and class.
“Everybody’s been saying (congratulations) all day because they saw it on the (school) website,” said Rosnes. “I was like, ‘Random people I don’t even talk to are coming up to me and congratulating me.’”
Vanier special needs teacher Kenna Whelan said the award goes to a strong academic student who “face challenges every day so that it isn’t easy.”
“Shaylee is an honour role student consistently year after year. She’s doing really well in school,” said Whelan. “She participates in many activities at school and in our school community.”
Rosnes was a member of the student representative council (SRC) last year, which is involved in co-ordinating school events such as spirit days. Currently she is in choir and is a member of the outreach team.
“I’m kind of everywhere all the time,” said Rosnes.
Whelan said the outreach team is a student-run group that focuses on “ways to make a difference in the community and the world around us.” She said students come up with ideas to positively help the community and try to make it happen.
“It keeps me busy and it lets me meet a lot of people I probably wouldn’t meet otherwise,” said Rosnes.
She said she enjoys English and drama classes, but her favourite class is psychology. She is currently taking a Grade 12 psychology class.
“I love psychology. It’s such a fun class,” said Rosnes. “I want to go to university for a psychology degree of some form. I haven’t decided exactly what yet.”
She added she never saw what she was doing as “spectacular” and she was surprised to be “singled out” from people across Saskatchewan for her academic successes and school involvement.
“I never really saw any of that as spectacular in my world, but apparently to other people it is,” said Rosnes.
Whelan said the staff at Vanier nominated Rosnes, but didn’t let her know right away.
“It was a very nice surprise (for her) to get the winning call,” said Whelan. “We’re really proud of Shaylee.”
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