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Awards program for northern students reaches 20th year.

The Lieutenant Governor's Awards of Excellence celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Northern Saskatchewan Awards Program this month at a La Ronge ceremony.

'This unique program has inspired students to focus on their studies, keep up attendance, explore cultural traditions and become involved in their communities," stated Lieutenant Governor Gordon Barnhart, who was joined by First Nations and Metis Relations Minister Bill Hutchinson at the ceremony.

"This anniversary celebration is an opportunity to reflect on the tremendous success of the program, and to celebrate the on-going achievements of the recipients."

The Northern Saskatchewan Awards Program is made up of two awards, the Lieutenant Governor's Award of Excellence and the Northern Saskatchewan Student Achievement Award.

Both serve the purpose of promoting student achievement and academic success and encourage students to graduate from Grade 12 with a full academic program.

"Over the last two decades, the Northern Saskatchewan Student Awards Program has recognized the outstanding accomplishments of northern students," said Hutchinson.

"Many of the past recipients continue to be leaders, contributing positively to their communities, province and country."

Ever since the awards were established in 1989, there have been 2,020 presented to students. Both the Northern Saskatchewan Student Achievement Award and the Lieutenant Governor's Award are funded by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education.

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