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Local high school student wins provincial award

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One local student in The Pas and area has recently received an award from the Premier of Manitoba Brian Pallister. The award was called the Premier’s Healthy Living Award for Youth, that student is Gabby Umpherville.
Umpherville during this most recent Opaskwayak Indian Days (OID) was the OID Princess and she also saw success in the provincial eco-fashion competition this past May.
The Premier’s Healthy Living Award for Youth is an award that participants apply for, and of those applicants 10 were chosen. Umpherville is one of two who were chosen in northern Manitoba.
They are chosen for being positive role models in their respective communities. For Umpherville she proved to be a positive role model for volunteering at the Run and Read program at Joe A. Ross School.
“What we do there is we help motivate the kids to eat healthy, stay active, run every practice. We also help them read. They love it and it branches out to be positive, be positive role models to each other, to have a healthy community or healthy living within each other,” explained Umpherville.
“It’s a really great feeling, knowing that I accomplished something. I’m pretty proud of myself,” she added
At the Run and Read program Umpherville also works with her mom, and together they work with the children in being active in running and reading.
“My mom works there as a teacher and we heard about this program and we thought it would be a good mother-daughter thing to work with each other. We decided to volunteer and the kids love my mom too, and they love me. It’s nice to work with kids and with my mom on the side,” Umpherville said.
Umpherville was asked for several reference letters and her references were numerous included Principal for Margaret Barbour Colligate Institute (MBCI) Kathi McConnell-Hore as well as another volunteer for the Run and Read program Jamie Moore.
“I got the letters here and they just said some wonderful things about me. I’m very, very grateful that they actually agreed to do the reference letter and talk about me, my accomplishments and I’m just grateful,” told Umpherville.
These past few years according to Umpherville has been a time of change for her, as she has been participating in the community much more than before.
“Until a couple of years ago I was really shy from like kindergarten to high school. I was a really shy girl, I wasn’t like scared, just more to myself I guess. Then I started pushing myself, motivating myself to step out of my comfort zone,” Umpherville said.
She then talked about how she pushed herself and about how she keeps learning new things all the time.
“I started doing pageants; I started volunteering and then doing these things. It pushed me to do speeches in front of big crowds, just doing that it pushes you to learn more as you go. Doing this stuff there’s no end; you just keep learning and learning. That’s what’s great about it because I keep learning new stuff about myself,” said Umpherville.
Umpherville is also going to be graduating from high school next week as MBCI and is eyeing a future in health care.

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Trevor Wright
REPORTER
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