Star Student Reflection of the 2017 President’s Ball

Star Student Reflection of the 2017 President’s Ball

Winds of Change were in the air on Saturday, October 21, 2017, as we celebrated our 31st annual President’s Ball.

For the last three years, one of the most loved aspects of the President’s Ball is showcasing our amazing GPRC students.

Every year, before the glitz and the glam come to life, a call out is placed for instructors within the College to nominate students who shine!

Star Students are students that stand out and shine for a variety of reasons.

Our instructors nominate students for being academic stars; or an outstanding volunteer involved in the college community; or a person who has shown significant improvement or made outstanding effort during his or her time at the College.

This year, we were lucky enough to have seven extraordinary students join us and be recognized at the 2017 President’s Ball.

Our 2017 Star Students at this year’s President’s Ball.

Now, the President’s Ball is a lot to take in.

It’s a night full of decadent dining, exciting auction packages, exceptional entertainment, an amazing raffle, stunning decor and the best company around in the city – oh and did we mention the sweet treats station? Our Star Student got to experience it all with their own personal table in the heart of the event.

We got to catch up with some of the Star Students after the magical evening to get their thoughts on their #PB2017 experience.

Check out what John, Jessica, Breanna and Alexis had to say!

John Goyetche
4th Year Heavy Equipment Technician

“I would like to take this opportunity to extend my thanks for both the nomination and award of being named a Star Student. Getting an invite to the Presidents Ball was an unexpected perk!

The warm welcome and support, I as a recipient of the Star Student award, received at the Presidents Ball was second to none. The whole experience was amazing and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to take part.”

To see why John was nominated to be one of our 2017 Star Students, click here.

We loved having John with us to join in on the celebration. Congratulations again!

Jessica Boos
4th Year Bachelor of Science in Nursing

“Being chosen as a Star Student for the 2017 President’s Ball was an incredible honor. The President’s Ball was a wonderful representation of the hard work of the individuals that organized and put the event on, the GPRC students that volunteered their time, and the generous contributions and support of the community. Attending the event was memorable as I was able to create new friendships with the other Star Students from the various educational departments at GPRC. Through creating these friendships with the Star Students we were able to identify our collective gratitude and appreciation of GPRC and how the college has made a positive impact on our experience and development as students in our chosen profession.”

To see why Jessica was nominated to be one of our 2017 Star Students, click here.

We loved having Jessica with us to join in on the celebration. Congratulations again!

Breanna Girvan
2nd Year Music University Transfer

“I had a wonderful time at the President’s Ball. I met great people and had absolutely delicious food. The band was energetic and played a variety of music for all ages. The Sweets and Popcorn Booth was pretty good too.”

 

To see why Breanna was nominated to be one of our 2017 Star Students, click here.

We loved having Breanna with us to join in on the celebration. Congratulations again!

Alexis Nellis
2nd Year Business Administration

“The President’s Ball was absolutely breathtaking. From the table decor to the live auction, everything was so extravagant! It was a great testament to those who put in so many hours and so much hard work to make it happen. It was my first time attending and it was unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of before. Seeing all the support that goes into making our college as wonderful as it is was refreshing. It’s so awesome knowing the community loves it’s College as much as us students do!”

To see why Alexis was nominated to be one of our 2017 Star Students, click here.

We loved having Alexis with us to join in on the celebration. Congratulations again!

The 2017 President’s Ball was a night to remember, and we’re so grateful to all the guests that were able to join us and make it such a special evening.

A huge thank you to all the sponsors, donors and guests who helped us raise funds in support of our students. Your generosity is helping GPRC move forward with ambitious plans that will have a vital impact in our region both in the short term and long into the future.

We are already looking forward to next year, and the amazing group of star students we’ll be recognizing at the 2018 President’s Ball. Although, we must say, our 2017 star students will be a tough act to follow.

Check out the photos from the 2017 President’s Ball here.

2017 Presidents Ball – Meet your Star Students!

2017 Presidents Ball – Meet your Star Students!

The 2017 President’s Ball is right around the corner, and we’re so excited for you to meet 7 of our very special honorary guests.

2014 President’s Ball!

For the last three years, one of the most loved aspects of the President’s Ball is showcasing our amazing GPRC students.

Every year, before the ball, a call out is placed for instructors to nominate students who shine!

Star Students are students that stand out and shine for a variety of reasons. Perhaps the nominated student is an academic star; an outstanding volunteer involved in the college community; or a person who has shown significant improvement or made outstanding effort during his or her time at the College.

Star Students at the 2016 Presidents Ball on October 22, 2016!

This year, we have 7 extraordinary students we want to congratulate and introduce you to!

We are excited to host and showcase them as some of the many shining stars at our college at the 2017 President’s Ball!

Mallory De Rooy
2nd year Animal Health Technician

“Being chosen proves to me that with hard work and dedication, amazing opportunities will present themselves.”

Mallory is a new mom, highly dedicated, a former Wolves athlete, and a student with a strong work ethic that goes beyond course expectations to review skills. She is a student with a high academic standing and excellent test marks in the first part of the first semester.  A student that is willing to volunteer her skills to help others in her class.
-Nominated by Christy Barlund, Chair, Animal Sciences Department.

Congratulations Mallory!

Nesterse Wilson Hawthorne
2nd year Early Learning and Child Care

“Being selected has taught me that nothing is impossible to achieve with hard work and dedication.”

Nesterse is a highly motivated, hard working student who manages to balance being a new mom with a rigorous course load.  What stands out to her instructors and her peers is her kindness and compassion.  She is always smiling and has an amazingly positive outlook on life.  Nesterse is the student who helps others out when they need assistance and goes the extra mile to be accommodating to her classmates.
-Nominated by Theresa Suderman, Chair, Human Services.

Congratulations Nesterse!

Alexis Nellis
2nd Year Business Administration

“I am very passionate about my education and my college. It’s very humbling and rewarding to be nominated as a star student.”

Alexis is a very active ambassador for the college and for our program. Within the program, she was part of the Business Case Competition Team last year as a first year student. She has also been a part of the marketing campaign for our new degree collaboration with SAIT. Outside of the department, Alexis also volunteers as a GPRC Ambassador.
Nominated by Gwen Hoyseth, Business & Office Administration Instructor.

Congratulations Alexis!

John Goyetche
4th Year Heavy Equipment Technician

“I’m honoured that someone thought enough of me and the way I approach my day-to-day life to nominate me for this.”

John has an eagerness to learn. He gave 110% effort every day both in the class and in the shop. He showed great initiative helping his classmates. His great personality and sense of humour was contagious making for an extremely fun learning experience for the entire class. John prepared an entire meal for the class, which is a direct reflection of his caring character.
Nominated by Jason Ebertz, Heavy Equipment Instructor.

Congratulations John!

Breanna Girvan
2nd Year Music University Transfer

“I have always had a passion for music and GPRC has helped me grow closer to the musician I want to become.”

As a student, Breanna always strives to do her best in both class and performances, and takes every opportunity to improve her skills and knowledge. She is teachable and always wants to learn more. As a colleague to other GPRC students, Breanna is always willing to lend a helping hand.

Nominated by Instructor, Tina Alexander-Luna and Chair, Carmen Gorgichuk, Music, Fine Arts.

Congratulations Breanna!

Shelly Moffat
2nd Year Academic Upgrading

“This opportunity makes me feel good about my accomplishments in my journey to further my education.” – Shelly

 

Shelly is a dedicated student who shows tremendous effort and a strong work ethic. She always has a wonderful attitude and when she encounters challenges, she embraces them with maturity and positivity serving as an amazing role model. Shelly often encourages others to use the On-Campus Friendship Centre, helps her classmates navigate the campus, and is a wonderful resource to new students.

-Nominated by Lesley Brazier, English Instructor, Academic Upgrading.

Congratulations Shelly!

Jessica Boos
4th Year Bachelor of Science in Nursing

“Being chosen as a star student for the 2017 President’s Ball is beyond what I thought I would achieve throughout my nursing degree.” – Jessica

Jessica is a star for many reasons. She approaches nursing and each client situation in a mature, balanced manner. She is genuine and engages in a meaningful way with the most challenging and vulnerable clients. Jessica is respectful to her colleagues, instructors and other professionals.
Nominated by Instructors, Liz Richard, Tracy King and Shelley Bessey, Nursing.

Congratulations Jessica!

We look forward to hosting you at the 2017 President’s Ball for a night to remember.

Get ready for a fantastic evening of delicious dining, an exciting auction and exceptional entertainment! We are really excited to welcome Electric Ballroom to our stage this year! Covering your favourite artists from MJ to Beyonce, get your dancing shoes ready, because these guys will have you out of your seat all night!

2016 President’s Ball!
2016 President’s Ball!
2016 President’s Ball!

Please join us at the Entrec Centre on Saturday, October 21, 2017 for the President’s Ball as we raise funds in support of the students of GPRC and the fastest growing region in Alberta.

Perfect for this year, the theme of Grande Prairie’s premier gala event, is Winds of Change as GPRC is moving forward with ambitious plans that will have a vital impact in our region both in the short term and long into the future. Our youth need local training and education so they will stay here. Our businesses and services need skilled workers, particularly in health and trades. Your contributions to the fundraising efforts of GPRC will help your College evolve to meet these needs and more.

Get your tickets and join us here.

Meet your new GPRC Student Success Officers

Meet your new GPRC Student Success Officers

Hey GPRC, meet your new Student Success Officers covering the GPRC Fairview campuses.

Meet Alaina Archibald

My name is Alaina Archibald, and I am the new Student Success Officer on our Fairview Campus!  I moved to Alberta from Terrace, B.C. in August of 2010 to be closer to my boyfriend, who was born and raised in Fairview.  I participated in Business Administration courses at GPRC, but quickly succumbed to the pressures of being in a new city with no friends, and even though my boyfriend and I were significantly closer together, the distance still felt vast.  Luckily, my passion for horses never subsided through my move, and it acted as a fantastic crutch to support me through a troublesome area of my life.  Luckily, I managed to pick myself up and I’m now happily married – and still riding horses!

I began riding horses at the age of 9, and it didn’t take long before I was completely obsessed.  Until the age of 17, I was heavily involved in our local drag racing community, but at this point I am no longer involved to the depth of previous years. During this period, I was also involved in soccer, and participated in both house and rep leagues for a number of years.

Eventually, I decided to sink all my time into horses and for the majority of my life, I was raised by a single mom who worked tirelessly to support my desire to ride along with my older brother’s love for hockey.  I was truly blessed to be granted the opportunities I did that surrounded horses, and my love and devotion has never wavered.  Currently, I continue to actively ride and train my own horses, have a private list of dedicated students, and I am the Founder and President of the Fairview Sport Horse Society.  With the help of my board members, we run 2 All-English Horse Shows per year, and a variety of Dressage and Jumping clinics at the lovely Hawker Pavilion right here on our GPRC Fairview Campus!  I am also involved in the horse racing community and spend nearly every free summer weekend at Evergreen Park in Grande Prairie as a result.

When my husband and I aren’t busy with our horses, we often enjoy travelling, exploring with our husky (because seriously, exercising him is a never ending chore), and participating in various outdoor activities – we never miss an opportunity to go hunting, fishing or camping with friends and family as a result.  While I feel incredibly content in the northern prairies, the mountains will always be my home and I am truly at ease in the outdoors.

 

So, what is she most looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to helping the post-secondary students in our community achieve their academic goals. It is so exciting and inspiring to see others overcome various obstacles and hardships in order to earn amazing achievements! I look forward to providing the support required that current and future students require, and assisting them in finding the path to a successful career!  It is a privilege to get to celebrate and play a small role in the incredible accomplishments of our GPRC students.

How to contact her:

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Alaina Archibald

Student Success Officer

School of Trades, Agriculture & Environment

Office: FAC131, Fairview Campus

Email: AArchibald@gprc.ab.ca

Phone: (780) 835-6763