Porter Creek Secondary School (PCSS)

Are you ready for a good time? Love country rock?

Teslin will again be hosting an electrifying country-rock concert called Teslin Rocks Country, featuring a slate of excellent contemporary Canadian country artists. Headlining the show will be two artists from from British Columbia: Aaron Pritchett and The Washboard Union.

Class of 2009: Colby Heynen

In May 2017, Colby Heynen drove up the highway to Whitehorse from Southern Alberta. He and his girlfriend, Karin Wall, from Coaldale, Alberta will be renting an apartment here in Whitehorse and moving in the first of June. Colby has been back in Whitehorse for two years, working at Whitehorse General Hospital as a nurse. …

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Gender Equality

The more scientists, experts, and the general public collectively study the concept of gender, the more questions arise. And in the realm of high school, these questions become more poignant and utterly colourful. Hence, when the panellists who came to the Yukon for the “Because It’s 2017: Gender Equality and Diversity” event at the Yukon …

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A Yukoner at Heart with a Lot to Give

Since graduating from Porter Creek Secondary Nicolai Bronikowski has been working on ship design and transit studies. Through his work in Finland, Russia and Canada he showcases the Yukon’s strong science programs and growing potential as an Arctic research hub. Bronikowski came to the Yukon in 2009 for an exchange year, after finishing Grade 9 …

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What happened to the kids, the class of 2009

Spencer Sumanik How did he get into all this fascinating stuff? He and a childhood friend got their bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering at UBC Okanagan. After that, both of them moved to Ottawa to continue their studies, each in their own preferred field. They rented a room in Ottawa with another Yukoner. Spencer chose …

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What Happened to the Kids?

I have Marie write out her full name for me. ‘Achtymichuk.’ It’s Ukrainian, where her dad is from.  I compliment her on her beautiful handwriting. We have this interview in the store where Marie is a manager, we were interrupted by staff a few times. Marie is needed! Marie’s parents started  the business in 2006, …

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An Evening of Romance

Bring family, friends, or even a date, because the All-City Band Society is hosting the 16th annual Dessert and Dance. The evening will start off with some sensational tunes provided by All-City Jazz Band, with the lights dim and the jazzy sounds of saxophones alongside the trumpets and trombones, controlled by the beat and rhythm …

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Dance for a good cause

Musicians really know how to raise money. Dances are popular and most everybody likes dessert so, for the eighth year, the All-City Concert Band Society is holding a Dessert & Dance in the Porter Creek Secondary School Cafeteria Saturday, Feb. 9. Music will be provided by the Junior Jazz Band, the Senior Jazz Combo and …

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An Artist of the Yukon

A specific mood is always evident in Kirsty Wells’ paintings. Wells, 18, usually paints upbeat, happy images with lots of bright, vibrant colours and drastic contrasts. “There is less contrast and lighter colours and textures if I am sad or in a bad mood,” Wells explains. Wells found her passion for art at a very …

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NAC orchestra’s long reach

“We have ‘National’ in front of our name,” says Douglas Burden over the phone, explaining why the National Arts Centre Orchestra would pick its entire self up in Ottawa and travel to the Yukon. The bass trombonist, who has played with the orchestra since 1972, says the NAC’s music director has stressed outreach and education …

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Beautiful music begins with a Squeak & Squawk

It was 8 p.m. and the hallways of Porter Creek Secondary School had seldom been more clogged. Anxious faces, nervous chatter, hands gripping shiny new musical instruments just tightly enough so as not to drop them, but not so tightly that they would bend. So, how tight is that? They filled four hallways leading toward …

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Making a Difference

On my second day teaching at Porter Creek Secondary School (PCSS), I found myself introducing an officer from the Canadian Armed Forces to students from the Social Justice Club. He was invited to speak about his experiences providing aid to victims of the 2011 earthquake in Haiti that killed and injured more than 600,000 people. …

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Dance to sounds of the Big Band

The hallowed halls of learning are hushed, today. “It’s exam week,” Rebekah Bell, band teacher for Porter Creek Secondary School, says, explaining the surprising silence. There are none of the scuffling sounds of students scrambling to get to wherever it is they are going. No chatter, no laughter, no cellphone beeps. The halls are almost …

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What comes after ‘Squeak & Squawk’?

Face plants in spaghetti, snow wars and, in “more peaceable times”, snow angels … It’s all part of the fun at the band retreat for F.H. Collins and Porter Creek secondary schools Grade 8 students. Rebekah Bell, band teacher at Porter Creek Secondary School and her husband, Bruce Johnson, band teacher at F.H. Collins Secondary …

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Band Jam

Whitehorse’s All City Band Society is about far more than just making music. This largely volunteer run non-profit organization is also about creating a sense of community. “People don’t realize what a benefit being able to play in a large group like that is to your work and social life,” explains Bruce Johnson, a musical …

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Doing One Better

Brendan Kelly had a lot on his mind when he went to the 1 a.m. show at Foxy’s Lounge the morning of October 22. An avowed country and western music fan, Kelly had been looking forward to hearing one of his favourite singers, Aaron Pritchett. But just over 24 hours previously, three students at Porter …

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The one and only Dessert & Dance

“No.”  The answer came from Rebekah Bell and Bruce Johnston in the perfect unison you would expect from two band teachers – from Porter Creek and F.H. Collins Secondary School, respectively. The question was if they would add an extra Dessert & Dance this year since it is so popular and raises money for the All-City …

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