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Calvin Christian School Graduate named Lethbridge College’s valedictorian

Posted on May 2, 2024 by admin

By Erika Mathieu
Southern Alberta Newspapers

Annette Kampert, a Business Administration -accounting student raised in Lethbridge County has been named valedictorian for Lethbridge College’s Spring 2024 Convocation.

Praised for her active volunteerism and community presence, Kampert will lead the procession of graduates and speak at the convocation ceremonies taking place on May 24 in the Val Matteotti Gymnasium at Lethbridge College.

According to a press release issued by Lethbridge College, Kampert excelled during her time at the College, both academically and as a mentor and model citizen on campus. 

“Annette is an awesome student in every sense,” said James Reimer, chair of the college’s School of Business in the release, adding, “she has consistently, in all of her courses, scored as one of the top students in the program and will leave as a tremendous ambassador for the college as well as being exemplary in all she does.”

Kampert was praised for her academic success, earning a 4.0 grade point average and stepping up to help her classmates and peers. 

“Annette is also an excellent classmate (…) We often see Annette working in the IB Commons with other students. What sets her apart is not only is she concerned with her own grades, but also the grades of others. I can attribute several students doing better thanks to Annette’s help. One could argue which is more important? Achieving high grades for oneself or helping those around us do better? Many students achieve one but not the other. Annette has ultimately found a way to do both,” Reimer noted.

 Kampert, who spoke to new business students at New Student Orientation also acted as a student representation at the Business Program Advisory meetings and served on the Business Grad Dinner committee.

“Putting the theory into practice, which we emphasize in the Business program, has become a reality already for Annette,” said Reimer, adding, “Annette is a great representation of all students at Lethbridge College who achieve high scores. Her attitude, positivity, work ethic and overall kindness and friendliness have set her apart.”

Kampert was raised on a family farm east of Coaldale and graduated from Calvin Christian School, located near the hamlet of Monarch in Lethbridge County. According to the release, she has also been “active in the community, including volunteering at the Lethbridge Soup Kitchen, at the Sunny South Lodge in Coaldale and at her church.”

 “Lethbridge is definitely bigger than a small town, but the college has a really big community feeling to it,” she says. “I never really felt out of place at the college. There’s a sense of belonging.”

Kampert accepted the offer to attend Lethbridge College citing the school’s proximity to home and the fact that the college offered a two-year program, but said she is considering pursuing a four-year accounting degree or even eventually working toward her CPA designation (Chartered Professional Accountant).

Kampert’s advice to current and future students is to, “embrace the experience,” of college, adding, “this might be a once-in-a-lifetime thing. Try new things and enjoy the experience – your classmates, your instructors – enjoy everything.”

Lethbridge College’s 2024 Spring Convocation ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday, May 24, in the Val Matteotti Gymnasium. 

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