Niagara Christian Collegiate
Niagara Christian Collegiate News
November 14, 2018

At the Top of the Class

SALUTATORIAN - Dabira Akinwumi

We have been blessed this year with an incredible graduating class possessing a diversity of gifts, and it has been a challenge to select our award recipients due to the sheer number of deserving, well-rounded graduates.

The Salutatorian is nominated by his or her peers to represent the class by addressing the audience at graduation. This year’s Salutatorian has been a student at NCC for three years, during which time he has excelled academically, maintaining an average of over 90% in his  senior classes, all the while involving himself in sports, clubs, and student council. Dabira Akinwumi is well-respected by his peers and was voted the Salutatorian by a combination of the faculty and the graduating class. He is wise and responsible, fun-loving and determined, and he is an exceptional model of a graduate.


The valedictorian award is given on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and significant contribution to school life. Rebekah Mason came to NCC two years ago and has consistently shown an intense desire to be a part of this school. Her high level of participation could be seen in clubs and Christian leadership both on campus and in our residence program.

She has committed herself to her studies, maintaining an overall average well over 90% in her graduating year, and, throughout her hard work in her courses, she has maintained a deep devotion to the kingdom-building mission of Jesus here on campus. She is beloved and respected by her peers, she is a bridge-builder on our campus, and her genuine caring heart for people is impossible to miss.

Rebekah has also been selected as the Duodecimus award winner for the 2018 graduating class. The Duodecimus Award, voted on by a committee representing NCC administration, faculty, residence directors, and students, is the highest honour given to an NCC graduate.  This award was established by the Grade 12 Class of 1963.

The recipient for this award is selected based on the following criteria:

▶ The graduate making the most significant contribution to the total life of NCC

▶ Spiritually, socially, academically superior

▶ Participant in at least one major extracurricular activity

▶ Strong contributor to school spirit, displaying a positive attitude toward NCC

And, finally, Rebekah has also been voted by the Graduating Class as this year’s Christian Leadership Award winner. This award is given to a student who has shown consistency of Christian character, a willingness to be involved in the spiritual life of the school, and someone whose academic achievement is commensurate with their potential.

I was pleased to present these awards to two very deserving young people, Rebekah Mason and Dabira Akinwumi.

Chris Baird, Principal

“ experience here has turned out to be more than I could have ever imagined; from making incredible and lifelong friends, traveling to Europe...working in the kitchen every day, laughing with the staff, Bible studies, worship nights, and so many more memories that I will never forget. I am so grateful.” Rebekah Mason

“Our graduating class is truly a testament of the great foundation that NCC tirelessly establishes in its students.”  Dabira Akinwumi

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