As grad president to over 600 students at Kelowna Secondary, you’d think Eli McAlpine’s plate would be pretty full without a lot of spare time for other things but somehow he manages to fit it all in and more.
As a French Immersion student in grade 12, he carries a full course load but still finds time to put his language skills to use by volunteering at the French Cultural Centre. By February of this year, he had completed over 100 of volunteer service hours between the YMCA/YWCA, the French Cultural Centre and the Kelowna General
Hospital and had a goal to double that figure before graduating.
One legacy Eli will leave behind after graduating from KSS is a bursary that’s been created from donations solicited from the community and by holding a ski marathon. What makes this bursary so special is that it’s the first ever student-founded and student-funded bursary at the school.
Eli was also active in other parts of the school, playing on the rugby and soccer teams as well as occupying leadership roles in the Recreation Leadership class. His plans are to pursue a career in bio-medical engineering.