Declan Pierre enjoyed his graduation year. “The first half, I had two academic courses, English and math and other than that, it was smooth sailing.” Pierre’s favourite course was media design or creative writing. Drama, a close second.
In his media design course, Pierre started by learning to write simple HTML computer code. He then started learning the Python code language, but that was before he started making his own electronic music using Ableton Live software.
“I really like music. It’s a big part of my life,” he said. “I started by making lo-fi music and have been trying lately to make 80’s style synth wave music,” he said. Pierre loves learning the history of how and why specific genres came to be. His musical influences are many, including rock, pop, rap. “Lots of that I was exposed to from what my mom was listening to. But electronic music, I found it on my own.”
Pierre was disappointed when he first learned that his grad year couldn’t do the typical grad activities. The biggest disappointment for Pierre was learning he wouldn’t be sharing the grad ceremony with his parents in attendance. “Imagine what parents feel after raising a kid for eighteen years and then finding out they can’t go to the ceremony? It’s upsetting, but we can’t do anything about it.”
Pierre enjoyed working on the drama production he was involved in. “The play takes place in a high school,” Pierre said. There are seven characters, and they start getting texts from other kids and it turns out to be a sort of mystery about where the text messages are coming from. It’s not a complete mystery but is explained later in the show.” Pierre enjoyed rehearsing it for the two months in the lead-up to the mid-June showing. Pierre’s favourite teachers include Ms. Little, Mr. Kopp, and Ms. Merrill.
After graduation, Pierre, a member of the Katzie First Nation, plans to take a gap year to work and travel. “I want it to be a year of self-discovery,” he said. Japan and UK are Pierre’s top two destinations. “The UK because it’s somewhere I’ve always been interested in. Japan’s more of a recent thing. It has a distinct culture, and the scenery looks pretty.”
This summer, Pierre will transition to full-time work in the produce department at Sobeys after working there part-time through the school year.
James Rose, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Columbia Valley Pioneer