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Balfour Beacon - January 2015

In an effort to recognize the outstanding individuals that we have at Balfour Collegiate, we are going to embark upon recognition of these individuals.  The word ‘Beacon’ has long been associated with the bright light that stands out, that leads and guides, and is something to which many are drawn.  These are the exact characteristics we are attempting to showcase through the Balfour Beacons.

Past Beacons: November 2013 | January 2014 I March 2014 I June 2014 | October 2014

Zach Ludwig - Grade 9

I’ve been nominated by my teachers to be a Balfour Beacon. I’m very honoured to be nominated for this title.

When I first came to this school, I felt the warm welcome from the students and teachers. My first day at Balfour I could tell that the teachers would be very nice and help to educate us to be what we want to be. I find that our school is very diverse and accepting of others. I feel that the students at our school are very kind and open to new people. As a Grade 9 student, I feel very safe in the hallways and interested in new things such as sports and subjects.

I’m 14 years old. I live in Regina and Balgonie. I was on the Balfour Collegiate football team and am currently on the hockey team. I also compete in hockey and lacrosse outside of school. For hockey I play for the Bantam Tier 2 team in Prairie Storm. In lacrosse, I have played for Team Saskatchewan three times. I hope to play in the National Lacrosse League when I’m older. For education I want to become a brain surgeon, because I am interested in learning about the human brain and would like to make advances in the knowledge of the human brain.


Rishabh Prasad - Grade 10

My experience at Balfour so far has been amazing. In fact it has been the best out of all the various different schools I have been to in Canada, and other countries which is why picking Balfour as my high school is a decision I will not regret. Balfour in my opinion is another word for motivation and energy to keep on doing better than your best. It gives you an opportunity to try new and different things. Balfour also helps you turn your weaknesses into strengths academically and athletically. This is due to the welcoming environment I feel here from all the people at Balfour.

Balfour is a fresh start for all of its new comers. It introduces everyone to many different arts, activities, sports teams, and clubs that help you discover your interests. The learning experience here has been great and is supported by excellent teachers and staff. They encourage you to improve your skills, grades, and help achieve all of your goals. The support also gives students motivation to succeed at school and in life. Lastly, it has been a great being a part of Balfour under the name of “Redmen” and I will be delighted to spend my last two years of Balfour as a Bear.

Lel Bartha - Grade 11

As soon as I stepped foot in Balfour at the grade eight open house, I knew that this was my school. I loved the old classic vibe that exudes from the very walls around me, as opposed to the plain white halls and classrooms of other schools. Later on, not just the building drew me most to this place, but the people in it. I am not a very extroverted guy at all, yet I easily could make friends that I love to be around. People that had the same interests that I do and I could easily connect with. Teachers are more than willing to help you out, and never fail to put a smile on your face, intentionally or otherwise :). Not to mention the extra-curricular activities like football, improv and B-PAC, that bring all sorts of people together, pursuing their passion with people from all cultures. That's the thing about Balfour that stands out. No matter who you are, no matter what you like to do, the sheer diversity of students guarantees others will like those things too. That's what Balfour does best; makes you feel like you belong.

Jaya Vester - Grade 12

When I first started to attend Balfour Collegiate, I wasn't the person I am today. Balfour has made me who I am. Four years ago I was too shy to make any friends, so I turned to sports. I tried out for the soccer team thinking I wasn't good enough. I wasn't, but I was coached into the player I am today. Last year I got an award for leadership. This year I was captain of the team. I got nominated for an All Star Award and I was known for having the most yellow cards. I cannot thank my coaches enough for what they have done for me.I also joined track and field last year, not because I was good at it, but because I enjoyed being around people. My best friend at the time was into it so I thought I would try it as well. I knew I wasn't as good as she was but that didn't matter at the time. I was always the first one there and the last to leave. Often, I was helping with rides or leading the warm up. Whatever I was asked to do, I would do it. I am also a member of the school hockey team. I play goal and I love it.  I am one of two girls on the team and I think that more girls should play hockey.  I am so glad that I came to Balfour Collegiate and have had a great experience there and have been allowed to become the outgoing and athletic person that I am today.



Ms. Rhonda Stevenson - teacher


Past Beacons: November 2013 | January 2014 I March 2014 I June 2014 | October 2014