Going in style; Corner Brook student lands dream date for grad

Staff ~ The Western Star cnoseworthy@thewesternstar.com
Published on April 27, 2010
MTV host Jessi Cruickshank. MTV photo

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The graduation ceremonies at Corner Brook Regional High School may be more of a production than normal this year.

That's because MTV will be coming to town after graduate Brent Winsor managed to get MTV host Jessi Cruickshank to agree to be his date for the graduation in June.

The high school senior first asked the co-host of "The After Show," one of MTV's top-rated programs, to be his date in early March.

After he asked her 922 more times via his Twitter account, Cruickshank finally invited Winsor to appear on the show via his webcam to give him her final answer.

Teasing him into thinking she was going to say no, Cruickshank finally confirmed she will be coming to Corner Brook to accompany Winsor to the grad.

When contacted by The Western Star, Winsor said he would not be commenting until all of the logistics have been worked out with the school's administration and the Western School District.

The Star also requested comments from MTV about its plans for Cruickshank's visit, but they had not replied as of press time Monday.

While attending high school in Vancouver, Cruickshank spent her lunch hours and spare time teaching drama to special needs students, which soon evolved into a city-wide drama program.

Upon graduating from high school, she was awarded a National Millennium Scholarship from the federal government for her work in developing the successful program.

Her passion for drama took her to London, England where she studied theatre before returning to Canada to obtain her degree in drama and English from the University of Toronto. While completing her studies, she was offered a scholarship to work extensively with the Soulpepper Theatre Company.

Besides her career with MTV, her television and film credits also include two years spent hosting "Weird on Wheels" for YTV and lead roles in "The Pretender," "Virtuality," "For Hope," and "Alive!"