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Winnipeg grads ban alcohol to open door for valedictorian
Winnipeg Free Press
Published: Friday, June 06, 2008
WINNIPEG – A Winnipeg high school has chosen not to have alcohol served at their graduation dinner so a popular Muslim student and her family can attend.
The class of 2008 from Nelson McIntrye Collegiate broke into applause and cheers when the decision was announced Thursday.
Maria Annom, a practising Muslim and the Class of 2008’s popular valedictorian, will be able attend the grad dinner for the small Norwood high school in Winnipeg. As will her parents, whose observation of their faith prohibits attendance at places where alcohol is present.
The people who made it possible for the 18-year-old future physician to attend the June 15 grad dinner are the 90 members of the Class of 2008 – in particular, Jacy DePape, Rhys Crawford, Dominique Napayok and Pat Anderson.
They are the four university-bound students who decided to start a petition and ask that the long-standing drinks-with-dinner practice be abandoned.
Nelson Mac Principal Richard Rajotte told the petition organizers the result would have to demonstrate overwhelming support among the grads.
The result wasn’t merely overwhelming; it was nearly unanimous.
© Winnipeg Free Press 2008