The 2022 Graduating Class of J Lloyd Crowe in Trail is excited to have an "as near to normal" experience given that the last traditional Grad was in 2019.
"It has been three years of waiting and watching," one Grad said as others nearby nodded in agreement. "We are excited to share with our families and friends and really excited about this weekend's celebrations."
The 2022 JL Crowe Student Grad Council and the 2022 Grad Parent Executive members worked tirelessly in their respective roles in a shortened six-month timeline to make hard decisions given the Provincial Health Orders. They approached their 2022 Grad with some new and exciting experiences that kept those orders in mind at the time the orders were in place.
Fundraisers included smaller community partnerships with the Trail Bottle Depot and the Smoke Eaters, two auctions, one held online and the other as a part of the inaugural Hawks Nest Crowe Classic Golf Scramble held at Redstone Resort on May 28, 2022.
There was also a 50/50 draw, and the $10,000 winner was Carol Vanelli-Worosz of Rossland.
"We were so very lucky to have the support of so many Grad Families who also donated baskets for our auctions and all of the businesses who supported our auctions," Helen Bobbitt, Fundraising Co-Chair, said with a smile. "There were also many generous companies who also gave to support our youth. It was a different year but that also gave us the chance to introduce different events," she said
The communities of Rossland and Greater Trail get to cheer on the 2022 Grads at Convocation in the Cominco Arena on Friday evening, June 24 which is an open event. Family and friends should show up by 4:45 pm to 5:30 pm to take pictures with the Grads as they will have to leave to get ready for the 6 pm Ceremony. The students leave right after Convocation to go to their Safe Grad event at the Cominco Gym.
On Saturday, June 25 at 2 p.m., the public is invited to fill the streets and cheer on the Grads in a parade of celebration as the Grad Cavalcade will roll through downtown Trail with students in all kinds of vehicles. It is the same route as the Silly Santa Parade. It will start to form down by the Old Bridge and then go along the route of Bay and Helena, head to Cedar Ave and down Cedar to Farwell and then onto Bay again as it goes back down to Helena, exiting along the Esplanade.
After the Cavalcade, the students will go to Gyro for professional photos. From 5 - 6 p.m., family and friends can go to Gyro to take pictures with the Grads in all of their finery.
Saturday evening, the 2022 JL Crowe Grads end off their Grad Weekend with a Prom dinner and dance at the Colombo Lodge.
The Grad Parent Executive would like to extend thanks to all volunteers and students who have helped along the way these last six months and throughout Grad Weekend.
Be a part of the excitement June 24 and 25!