Esquimalt grads anticipate a tactile future

Esquimalt High graduates 154 students this year, some of whom are clear on their immediate plans

Sam Stringer

Sam Agnel and Sam Stringer don’t plan to work another day in their lives.

The 2012 Esquimalt High grads aren’t independently wealthy, but they are eyeing future careers they say will be so enjoyable, it won’t feel like work.

“My parents always told me that if you find a job you enjoy, you’ll never work another day in your life,” said Agnel, one of 154 students in Esquimalt High’s 2012 graduating class.

He is currently wrapping up Grade 12 and plans to take a 10-month heavy duty commercial mechanics course at Camosun College in September.

The Vic West resident first felt a calling for automotive mechanics when he took a small-engine power technology course in Grade 10. That led to studies in the school’s automotive program in Grade 11 and 12.

Then, as part of Esquimalt High’s career program, Agnel worked in the heavy duty mechanics trade for a local company for one week in March.

“I had a lot of cool experiences, and that’s kind of what motivated me towards the heavy duty industry,” the 17-year-old said.

“I like to be working with my hands. I like to be outside. I like that it’s fairly constant work.

“I couldn’t really see myself sitting in a cubicle for the rest of my life, pattering away on a keyboard.”

Unlike some of her friends, Sam Stringer has long had her eye on a future career as a high-end fashion designer.

“Ideally, I’d like the be one of those people who, on the red carpet, say, ‘I’m wearing Sam Stringer,’” she said.

The skills the Saanich resident has honed since first sitting down at a sewing machine at age eight have already proved useful.

Stringer, 18, designed not one, but two prom dresses for herself, as well as gowns for two friends.

Stringer says she has blossomed as a designer, largely due to her high school’s textiles program.

“That’s why I liked Esquimalt (High), once you pick your field you can really run with it,” she said.

With the June 4 graduation ceremony at the University of Victoria, and June 9 prom at CFB Esquimalt’s Wardroom behind her, she is looking ahead to September.

She will study fashion design and technology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University on the Lower Mainland.

She feels fortunate to have found her talent early in life.

“It’s hard to watch all my friends who are struggling who don’t know what they want to do next year,” Stringer said.

While some of Agnel’s friends are planning to pursue studies in nursing or business this fall, among other academic interests, others are taking time off from school to travel.

Agnel, meanwhile, feels grounded in the decision he has made to pursue a trade.

“I think knowing is half the battle,” he said with a smile.

emccracken@vicnews.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Island riders conquering new heights

With no races, cyclists tackle Everest challenge to lift community

Saanich police search for suspect accused of using stolen credit, debit cards

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers says suspect made numerous fraudulent purchases

Homeless woman sentenced to 18 months in jail for selling drugs to Victoria police officer

Officer paid $20 for a substance consisting of heroin, fentanyl and caffeine

Family restaurant to hold Saturday fundraiser for Beirut blast

Wrap and Roll will donate all sales to victims of blast

Police looking for witnesses of alleged assault in Burnside Gorge’s Cecila Ravine

Concerned woman pushed to the ground, had phone broken while taking a photo of a dog

53 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths cap off week of high infection rates in B.C.

Roughly 1,500 people are self-isolating because they either have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it

Fitness non-profit challenges citizens to invent a game to be physically active

The campaign was launched after a study showed only 4.8 per cent of children and youths in Canada met required standards of the 24-hour movement guidelines

VIDEO: U.S. Air Force pilot does fly-by for B.C. son amid COVID border separation

Sky-high father-son visit plays out over White Rock Pier

3 Vancouver police officers test positive for COVID after responding to large party

Union president says other officers are self-isolating due to possible exposure

Vancouver Island team takes on wacky challenges of world’s largest scavenger hunt

Greatest International Scavenger Hunt taking place Aug. 1-8

New mothers with COVID-19 should still breastfeed: Canada’s top doctor

Dr. Theresa Tam made the recommendation during World Breastfeeding Awareness Week

Collapse of Nunavut ice shelf ‘like losing a good friend:’ glaciologist

The ice shelf on the northwestern edge of Ellesmere Island has shrunk 43 per cent

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Aug. 4

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Should it be mandatory to wear masks when out in public?

B.C. is witnessing an alarming rise in the number of cases of… Continue reading

Most Read