Q&A With A Graduate: Wagmatcook’s Lateesha Denny

Over the next few months we’ll be sitting down with 2014 Grade 12 graduates from MK schools across the province and getting to know what they loved about most about learning in their community, what they learned on their journey to a high school diploma, and their future plans and aspirations.

This month, meet Lateesha Denny.

What is your name, age, school, and what community are you from?

My name is Mary Lateesha Marie Denny and I am 18. I currently go to school at Wagmatcookewey School and live in Wagmatcook.

What clubs, teams, or groups are you involved in at school, and after-school?

I am in a group called Rainbows, a group about LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual) that supports equal rights. I am also in an after school program for CBU called Business Network for Aboriginal Youth.

What’s your favourite subject in school?

My favourite subject is math because I’m good at it!

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be, and why?

If I could go anywhere in the world I would go to Vancouver, B.C., because there is a fashion design university there that I would love to see and go to.

What do you like to do in your spare time? 

I like to read, bake, cook, play piano, and play with my Godchild.

What are your plans for when you graduate, and why? What do you see yourself doing ten years from now?

I plan on going to CBU after I graduate for my BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration), because I like business and I would like to own my own business someday. 

In ten years I see myself owning my own business, either a bakery or fashion design.

If you could be anything at all, what would you be?

If I could be anything at all, I would be an Eagle, because they represent love and freedom.

Do you have a role model? If so, who? And why?

My Role model is my Kiju (my Grandma). My Kiju is my Fathers Mother (Kiju means Mother in Mi’kmaq). 

She is my role model because she was a very strong woman and everyone who knew her had so much respect for her.

What is your best memory from your high school years?

My best memory from my high school years would be when I went to Winnipeg for E-Spirit in grade 10. I went with a few of my fellow students and four of our teachers.

What is the best thing about your school?

My favourite thing about my school is that we only have around 180 students from Kindergarten to grade 12. There is not many people in our school, so we are all pretty close. 

Who has made an impact on you?

My teachers have made the greatest impact on me. Since we are a small school, our teachers are always there for us when we need them. 

Is there something you’d like to see in your school or community that isn’t there now? 

I would like to see less bullying in our junior high school grades. 

Words of advice, a personal favourite quote, or a thank-you?

My advice to anyone is to follow your dreams and remember who is there for you when you need them. Remember you are not alone, and that there will always be someone there who loves you and will help you out on your journey. 

A quote I would like to share with you, that I will never forget is,

“Try to be the crab that gets out of the bucket.” 

-Candy Palmater, The Candy Show.

I would like to thank my parents, friends, teachers, principal and Chief for always helping me when I needed them and for believing me. I could not have gone this far without them, so thank you all. 

Also, thank you, MK, for letting me share my story. 

Thanks, Lateesha! Best of luck in the future!