Coaldale teen gets surprise valedictorian news from Kate Andrews staff
Principal Daniel Grimes poses for a photo with the Kate Andrews High School Class of 2020 Valedictorian Owen Gallagher after a surprise visit by staff. Photo courtesy of Palliser School Division.
It’s a surprise one Coaldale teenager won’t soon forget.
17 year old Owen Gallagher was mowing the lawn at his grandmother’s house on Friday when a fire truck, sirens blazing, and a handful of Kate Andrews High School staff in their vehicles pulled up to the house.
Over a megaphone, his principal, Daniel Grimes, announced Gallagher had been named the Class of 2020 Valedictorian.
“I just finished my calculus course two days ago, so I’m finally just getting a chance to relax a little; less school work to do,” he said, adding he’d never even finished top three in his grade until last year.
With traditional graduation ceremonies cancelled due to COVID-19, Gallagher’s speech will be recorded and downloaded onto a flash drive along with messages from staff to the graduating class.
Grads will head to the KAHS gym in small groups over a staggered schedule on June 19, to pick up a gift bag with the flash drive, their diploma, pose for photos, and take home a pre-ordered catered meal.
Gallagher has plans to attend the Engineering program at the University of British Columbia-Okanagan Campus in September if student residence is open by then.