2012 graduating class
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It was a proud moment for family, friends and well-wishers as the St. George's School (Secondary Division) graduated their fourth cohort of students during a graduation ceremony held at the Eileene Parson's Auditorium yesterday, June 26.
Featured speaker, Estaban Smith encouraged the 15 graduates not to be afraid to fail pursuing new challenges in life. To support his notion, Smith gave an example of Shaquille O'Neal, a United States basketball player who ventured into many areas, including receiving a Phd, rapping, television shows and a reserved Police Officer, among other things.
Rhea Cooper, Valedictorian for the class of 2012 during her remarks said this is their time of celebration, but urged that as they move on to other endeavours in life, they must not forget their fundamental lessons.
"As we journey from high school, let us never lose sight of our character or integrity. Let us continue to shine and illuminate the very space we occupy. You accepted me when I joined your community and we learned and completed this journey together. To me, this class is like another family. When I started in fourth form I noticed how everyone was so closely knitted and knew everything about each other. Even at times when we often disagreed, at the end of the day we re-bonded," she stated.
Cooper said in her opinion, this year has been a very tough one and noted that she felt that the class was at a disadvantage in some areas of their work, but they all managed to pull through and became successful.
"We were able to overcome several obstacles that could so easily make or break us. Today, I can say that our obstacles made us. Thanks be to God for helping us to find our way...Class of 2012, as we now begin a new path in life, college or the world of work, let us do so proudly with our head held high and continue to shine bright and boldly. Let us be respectful, keep a positive attitude no matter what and let us be honest always, for in doing so, we maintain good characters that will contribute to our success," she stated.
The Salutatorian was Benjamin Richards.
It was noted that there was one student who failed at the exams and could not graduate. It was also pointed that this is the first student that failed in four years. The speakers offered words of encouragement to that male student.
Meanwhile, Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn who was not present at the ceremony, in a message urged the graduates to pursue their education.
"I encourage as many of you as possible, to continue your educational pursuits right here at home at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College. To those of you who have decided to travel abroad to further your studies or embark directly to the world of work, you have my full support and blessings. Be happy and confident in your abilities and achieve more than you dare to imagine," he stated.
The Minister implored on them to embrace a world full of infinite opportunities as they celebrate their well deserved achievement.
"Whatever your next assignment in life may be, approach it with optimism, pride and with a determination to succeed."
Other speakers at the event included outgoing Principal Dr. Myrna Belgrave and Gerard Farara, Q.C, Chairman of the Board.
The students that graduated were Krisma Butcher, Rhea Cooper, Kyle Dabreo, Kashuna Grant, Natanael Gumbs, Maisha Henry, Jassiem Maynard, Wanda Osborne, Kadea Potter, Benjamin Richards, Keifer Singh, Shaleah Smith, Shaian Vandenburg, Joshua Wheatley and Michael Winter.