Westport Lions Roar
By Lion Bob Reddick
Congratulations to Aleah Seed, the recipient of the Westport Lions’ annual graduation award, which is given to a graduate who has shown great improvement through hard work and determination.
Aleah will be attending Carleton University this fall for a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. After graduating from Carleton she plans to further her education by obtaining her law degree from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. Aleah’s long-term goal is to be a Crown Attorney.
Aleah says her summer plans are minimal because of the COVID-19 pandemic. She is working full-time at Westport’s Circle K and trying to safely spend as much time as possible with her friends and family. Ronda and Bundy Seed are the proud parents of this hard-working young lady.
Aleah’s hobbies and interests include sports, movies and music. She is a valued member of the Westport Storm Midget Girls Select Baseball Team. If you know her father, then you won’t be surprised to hear that Aleah also enjoys spending Friday nights at the rink watching the Rideaus play.
When asked how COVID-19 affected her life Aleah responded, “It turned my life and my friends’ lives upside-down. It was a shock to find out our last day of school would be March 13th. I spent most of COVID doing schoolwork from home, spending more time with my family than I ever have, and working full-time.”
When asked why she received the Lions’ award, Aleah said, “I believe I received this award because I endured a lot of challenges in high school. It wasn’t always easy for me and I spent a period of time wanting to give up. When COVID hit, it became extremely difficult to be a senior…it was hard to admit that my classmates and I wouldn’t get to experience everything senior year had to give us. It was easy to feel defeated. However, despite the setbacks and what would become the “new normal”, I strongly believe that I worked as hard as I ever have in my senior year and I was very determined to make my dreams for my future a reality.”
“I want to take a second to thank my parents,” said Aleah, “for always supporting me, my teachers for believing in me and pushing me to do my very best, and lastly, the Westport Lions Club for the generous donation that went with my award. I am very grateful. I will never forget the years I spent at Rideau. Whether you’re reading this as a community member, a family member, a teacher, or a friend, thank you for making high school as memorable as it was.”
The Westport Lions would like to congratulate Aleah on her award and wish her success in her future studies.