Just a week after the 2014 graduation, William E. Hay students were faced with a terrible reality as news broke of the death of their fellow student, Andrew Nibourg, in a collision south of Erskine while on his way to work.
An art award was launched in Andrew’s memory. His father, James Nibourg, explained that Andrew had joined high school band as a drummer when he transferred to the school from Erskine School, and that he’d been a key player in the band through at least one band trip.
A leadership memorial award in Andrew’s name is also being created for William E. Hay, the elder Nibourg said.
“Andrew was a great young man,” he said. “It’s an honour that people want to remember him this way, but it’s an honour I want no other parent to suffer.”
Nibourg watched his daughter graduate this year and noted that while it was a day of joy, Andrew’s memory was always there as the anniversary approached.
“It doesn’t get easier, it just gets different,” he said.
Students at William E. Hay were recognized with several events last week, including an Arts Awards night and the Colour Awards for sports.
A full list of students recognized for their achievements is in the Wildcat column on page 9.