Class of 2020

As you graduate, and move head on into the beyond, I sincerely hope that the rest of your life is your idea. I do know that you will face challenges and uncertainty, and I do know that you can choose to trust yourself; step up and step out; and be that person you strive to be. You choose.

When the alarm goes off in the morning, we choose how to approach our day. And now, out of high school, you are afforded the responsibility to choose a little more than you may have felt you could choose before. When we choose how to approach a difficult conversation, a challenging task, or a momentous occasion, we are empowering ourselves and owning our pathway and direction. 

As graduates of our school in Barriere BC, you get to choose to be proud of your roots. of your education, and of where you are headed every day when your alarm goes off.

In sum, may your life be guided by your ideas. 

Work hard. Be brave.

Angela Stott,


Barriere Secondary Class of 2020 Grad Video

Barriere Secondary Class of 2020 Valedictorian Aaron Van Sickle and Desiree Anderson

Aaron Van Sickle

My school education has looked rather unique in comparison to those who went to much larger schools in much larger cities. I am grateful to have spent the last five years at Barriere Secondary because it is a very positive atmosphere no matter what grade you’re in since everybody knows everyone well enough to respect each other for who they are. 

My most memorable moment in high school was attending the British Columbia Provincial Championships.

My current future plan is to attend university in the fall to pursue an education in Business.  Although I “plan” to also become a Red Seal in Heavy Duty Mechanics after I receive my Diploma or Degree in Business, there is no way of truly saying that I won’t turn over a new rock along the path and head a completely different direction.  I have long desired to become a mechanic for it is something I enjoy and it makes a decent living.  But I also see myself following a less simple road possibly entering the military while I am young or pursuing something exciting such as a Helicopter Pilot.

You have to fall down to learn how to get back up and you have to get up to chase your dreams. High school was simply a sample of the hardship we all must go through, the real challenge begins from today forward.

“Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard”

                                 - Kevin Durant 

Desiree Anderson

My school education experience has been very positive at Barriere secondary. The teachers and staff were always understanding and there to lend a helping hand whenever I was in need. 

A moment of inspiration for me was when I decided to peruse trades and partake in a Norkam trades opportunity. I had some friends tell me not to do it but I knew that’s what I wanted and that is where I realized that I need to live my own life and that independence is ok. 

I hope to one day become a red seal electrician and eventually run my own business. 

To my fellow grads, I would like to say don’t let anyone hold you back. Your future is in your own hands and you shouldn’t let anyone take that away from you. Don’t be afraid to leave people behind to allow yourself to grow. 

“Leadership isn’t about being the best. Leadership is about making everyone else better.”

                                 - David Novak 

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