DCSS student picks up $1,000 from WhiteCaps for COVID-19 digital work

Kaia Embree is one of ten recipients from the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Grad Program.

Work on a digital version of the DCSS yearbook has paid off for student Kaia Embree.

Embree is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship for her tireless work on a virtual yearbook for the Grade 10, 11, and 12 classes. Embree says she had a lot support from students in collecting photos during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“We worked on it digitally, it was more of a challenge this year because I couldn’t go out and take photos myself,” said Embree, relying on fellow students to send photos in.

Embree is one of ten recipients from the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Grad Program, which partners with BMO to reward exceptionally students across the province who create positive impacts in their communities.

Embree completed the yearbook as part of her Grade 12 graduation requirements, which offer students the choice to volunteer or participate in work experience.

Embree decided to volunteer, curating the yearbook as the sole editor.

Embree says she started work on the year book in January, and completed it near the end of May.

“By the end of it, it was mostly just me working on it.”

Embree says she’s not sure if she’s ready to start post-secondary school yet, but has an interest in photography and art, having designed a poster for the Mental Health Summit that was cancelled in April due to COVID-19.

“I’m just taking a gap year, I’m not sure what I want to do yet,” Embree said.

“I know I have some interesting ideas about photography. I also like philosophy a lot.”

with files from Tom Summer - tsummer@ahnfsj.ca

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