The future is bright, especially when graduates like Ernest Pasague are a part of it.
The 19-year-old St. John’s High School valedictorian hopes to study medicine at the University of Manitoba. His goal is to become a neurologist.
“I want to give back,” says Pasague. “I am so lucky.”
Pasague arrived in Winnipeg from The Philippines two years ago. He is the eldest of four.
“It was super cold here but the opportunities completely outweigh those at home. School here is free.” His chances of going to university in The Philippines are slim.
Pasague pushes himself to achieve. He recognizes the sacrifice his parents made to give him a better life.
Ace Guinto, 18, has a similar story from Daniel Macintyre Collegiate. He grew up on Arlington Street, knowing he had to achieve. His mother works at Superstore and his father is an assembler. They want his life to be better.
“Although they don’t mention it, I know they want much more for me. To this very day, my mother gets up every morning to make me breakfast. She wants me to have the energy everyday to do my best.”
Guinto has been accepted into the University of Winnipeg education program. He wants to teach and become an incredible complement to some of his teachers at the collegiate. Off the record, Guinto and his friends cut their own hair.
Guinto: “I save money that way cutting my own hair. I’ve been doing that since Grade 8.”
Cloutier: “How do you do that without chopping yourself up?”
Guinto: “A triple mirror. I cut my hair and others for free. I learned from my brother. At the beginning it didn’t turn out too well. But now, it looks pretty good.”
Low-key barbers – who knew? They are even raising money for their graduation by cutting hair.