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Honouring Spirit Honourable Mentions

Two NLPS high school students have been recognized by the Alberta School Boards’ Association with Honourable Mentions for this year’s Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards.

Peyton Faithful-Davies from Ecole Plamondon School and Lyric Jesso from J.A. Williams High School were among 230 students across Alberta who were nominated for the award. The Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Award recognizes First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students “who model strength and commitment in the pursuit of their personal education paths.”

“We are honoured to have two students selected to receive Honourable Mentions for this prestigious award,” said Board Chair Karen Packard. “Both students are leaders and role models in their schools and communities who advocate for positive change.”

In September, Faithful-Davies asked to speak at the school’s Truth and Reconciliation Day assembly. She shared an essay she wrote titled “The Malevolence of Residential School.” She is passionate about using her voice to make a difference and advocate for others.

“By understanding and respecting each other’s experiences, we can create a stronger, united community,” she wrote. “By embracing unity we manage a more diverse community. Diversity brings a multitude of perspectives, it grows innovation and creativity. Social development will take time, but broadens worldview and acceptance. It encourages tolerance, and cultural exchange. It’s through embracing diversity and change that we can truly learn and grow.”

Jesso was the 2023 Lac La Biche Junior Citizen of the Year and volunteers for an endless number of school and community groups including the Interact Club, Community Helpers, Restorative Justice Committee of Lac La Biche, the local fire department and the Metis Nation of Alberta. Through his volunteer work, Jesso strives to give back and empower others. 

Jesso is also an advocate for fostering positive relationships with the environment and demonstrates a strong commitment to the well-being and empowerment of Metis/Indigenous communities.He is known for his positive attitude, strong work ethic, advocacy efforts and commitment to community initiatives.

More information about the Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Award is available on the Alberta School Board’s Association website: