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Gallery: Yearbook photos of Canadian stars

Ryan Reynolds and Rachel McAdams in their yearbook photos.
Ryan Reynolds and Rachel McAdams in their yearbook photos.

TORONTO –“Of the seventeen some odd years I’ve been alive, twelve of them have been spent doing schooling.”

These are the words Seth Rogen wrote in his yearbook at Point Grey Secondary School in Vancouver.

“If you do what you want,” he continued, “instead of what other people tell you to do, things will probably work out better, and if they don’t you’ll at least know that you tried.”

At Kitsilano Secondary School in Vancouver, Ryan Reynolds wrote in his yearbook: “It’s only been two years for me but I wish it were longer.”

Neither young man could have known for sure, at the time, they would become rich and famous — which is surely a source of hope for thousands of teens currently counting down to the end of the school year.

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As the school year winds down, here’s a look at some famous Canadians and what they looked like in their yearbooks:

Pamela Anderson attended Highland Secondary School in Comox, B.C.
Pamela Anderson attended Highland Secondary School in Comox, B.C. Getty Images
Dan Aykroyd attended St. Pius X High School and St. Patrick's High School in Ottawa.
Dan Aykroyd attended St. Pius X High School and St. Patrick's High School in Ottawa. Getty Images
Rachel McAdams attended Central Elgin Collegiate Institute in St. Thomas, Ont.
Rachel McAdams attended Central Elgin Collegiate Institute in St. Thomas, Ont. Getty Images
Justin Bieber attended Jean Sauve Catholic School and St. Michael Catholic Secondary School in Stratford, Ont.
Justin Bieber attended Jean Sauve Catholic School and St. Michael Catholic Secondary School in Stratford, Ont. Getty Images
Shania Twain attended Timmins High and Vocational School in Timmins, Ont.
Shania Twain attended Timmins High and Vocational School in Timmins, Ont. Getty Images
Jim Carrey attended Agincourt Collegiate Institute and Northview Heights Secondary School in Toronto.
Jim Carrey attended Agincourt Collegiate Institute and Northview Heights Secondary School in Toronto. Getty Images
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Michael Cera attended Heart Lake Secondary School in Brampton, Ont.
Michael Cera attended Heart Lake Secondary School in Brampton, Ont. Getty Images
Avril Lavigne attended Napanee District High School in Napanee, Ont.
Avril Lavigne attended Napanee District High School in Napanee, Ont. Getty Images
Aubrey Drake Graham attended Forest Hill Collegiate Institute and Vaughan Road Academy in Toronto.
Aubrey Drake Graham attended Forest Hill Collegiate Institute and Vaughan Road Academy in Toronto. Getty Images
Ryan Gosling attended Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School in Cornwall, Ont. and Lester B. Pearson High School in Burlington, Ont.
Ryan Gosling attended Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School in Cornwall, Ont. and Lester B. Pearson High School in Burlington, Ont. Getty Images
Eric McCormack attended Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute High School in Toronto.
Eric McCormack attended Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute High School in Toronto. Getty Images
Alanis Morissette attended Immaculata High School and Glebe Collegiate Institute in Ottawa.
Alanis Morissette attended Immaculata High School and Glebe Collegiate Institute in Ottawa. Getty Images
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Ryan Reynolds attended Kitsilano Secondary School in B.C.
Ryan Reynolds attended Kitsilano Secondary School in B.C. Getty Images