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Education Beth Wilson delivered the valedictory speech at Fundy High


Beth Wilson maintained an average of 93 in her final semester.

ST. GEORGE - Beth Wilson will head to university in Fredericton this fall but eventually plans to settle not far from home.

The Beaver Harbour native, who graduated with an average mark in the 90s, delivered the valedictory in St. George Thursday for the Fundy High School Class of 2009.

She will work this summer at the Blacks Harbour visitor information centre before beginning her program in September at the University of New Brunswick's Renaissance College. She will live in residence.

"It's a philosophy program but I am taking half sciences as well," she said in an interview during a break in graduation week activities. She intends to follow this with a medical degree allowing her to pursue a career as a pediatrician.

"I want to become a doctor," she said. "I hope to come back to the new medical program in Saint John when it opens, and work in the Saint John area."

The daughter of Tony and Kelly Wilson decided on this path three years ago.

"Yes, I've always had an interest in sciences.

"I love kids and worked with kids for years," she said, referring to her coaching gymnastics and soccer. "I just think it would be really rewarding working with them and helping them get better."

She played soccer and rugby in high school. She has one brother and one sister - Meaghan Wilson is a hairdresser and Michael Johnston works at Northern Harvest Sea Farms Ltd. Their father works at Lake Utopia Paper, their mother as executive director of the John Howard Society of Charlotte County.

"Born and raised in the Beaver Harbour region," Wilson said.

Her home town has its good points. "Oh well, the ocean. I kind of hate the fog, but it comes. It's really a small place, and you kind of get to know everybody.

"I don't like the fog, that's the thing I don't like," she said - this from a young lady who intends to pursue studies in Saint John and settle in the region. "There's always a fog bubble in Beaver," even when the sun shines at Pennfield.

Wilson took four level one courses in Grades 11 and 12: biology, mathematics both years and trigonometry and three-space. "I guess I worked really hard," she said. "My marks were always in the 90s." Her average was 93 per cent last semester.

She planned to speak in the valedictory for her class about things to remember from Fundy High School.

"I'm going to tell them a lot of things I'm thankful for, for time in Fundy," she said, referring to her high school. "I guess I threw in a lot of Mariners clichés, too."

SOURCE: New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal (Saint John, NB) - June 19, 2009.

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