of the BVI High School 2002 Graduates [photo by Angela Burns-Piper]
graduate from BVI High School
Under tight security to ensure the safety of the students and the
flow of the ceremony, the BVI High School held its graduation and
giving at the Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall on Thursday June 27th,
theme “Looking Towards the Future”.
from Top Priority Security Services were at every entrance to
prevent persons from taking food or drink, even water, into the
Centre. Chairperson Sonia Webster from the Class of 1982 also
from the onset that nothing should be passed to the graduates.
One hundred and fifty one students made up the BVI High School Class
2002. There to support them were members of the Classes of 1952,
1982 and 1992.
of 2002 Salutatorian Ansara Sattaur said it was no easy task
to this stage. She said it was a privilege to gain their
education at the BVIHS and she thanked all those who contributed to
her fellow graduates she said: “Graduation is only a concept.
you graduate. It’s process that goes on until the last day of your
You’re now at the crossroads; some of us will go on to College,
go out to work, yet some are undecided…whatever you do, stay on
Chief Minister the Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal brought
remarks. He mentioned that he was pleased to see so many boys
graduating, despite the negative comments often made about boys
making mischief and he encouraged them to continue studying.
Chief Minister asked the Chief Education Officer to ensure that a
of all the Primary and Secondary school results are sent to every
Member of the Legislative Council and to the Director of Human
Resources. “I’m made to understand that there’ll be a new
dimension in this department where they will be responsible for
succession planning and placement of people and building careers for
youth coming out of College and they should be aware of what our
students are doing.”
O’Neal reiterated a challenge he issued some years ago for
students to take responsibility in helping to develop their alma
acknowledged government’s role in the process, but said parents,
old scholars etc. must play a part.
Chief Education Officer Dr. Quincy Lettsome pointed out that
first graduation ceremony of this type was held on the campus of the
BVIHS in 1972, making this year’s the 30th. He said as the Pearl
graduation class of 2002, the Department would give them a token for
her valedictorian’s address, Angela Burnett-Penn had words
encouragement for her fellow students who did not graduate. She
urged them to take summer make-up courses, while she also encouraged
her fellow graduates to further their education.
am leaving the BVI High School with so many fabulous memories,”
declared, highlighting memories of sports days, school concerts, the
steel pan, arts and craft and most of all time spent with her
thanked her teachers for “doing much more than they had to at
said they were “helpful, inspiring and special”.
valedictorian endorsed a project formally launched by the Class of
for the establishment of a trade school in the BVI, “so that
not be disadvantaged because a book is not the thing for them.”
called for a more extensive curriculum at the BVIHS to include
environmental studies and sports, in an effort to offer students a
Burnett-Penn made mention of the disciplinary problems at the
and spoke of a need for students to acquire more social skills.
losing our unity and spirit.” She told the students that a lot
them and she challenged them to recommit themselves to the BVI High
Elmore Stoutt was pleasantly surprised when student Verlin Crabbe
singled him out for his invaluable contribution to their
development and presented him and wife, on behalf of the Class of
tickets for a first class cruise. “I always knew there was
special about the Class of 2002,” the Principal declared.
Stoutt announced the winners of the exemplary performance awards
students with an “A” average from Forms 1-5. They are Angela
Burnett-Penn, Ansara Sattaur, Kiprion Harry, Kia Thomas, Brandon
Frett and Yenny Flores-Wells. He also thanked the sponsors for
donating the prizes.
his congratulatory message, Minister of Education and Culture
Andrew Fahie noted that this year the school attained a
increase in the number of passes at the Grade 1 level. He said
milestone achievement tells us that our teachers care.
recent spate of violence at the school is well known and I call
all to help find a workable solution…Let it be known that this
will not give up on our students, good, bad or indifferent,” he
The guest speaker for the BVI High School graduation ceremony was
businessman Mr. Keith Malone of the Class of 1982. He became
while he specifically addressed the young men as he recalled a
to the prison. “Far too many of our young men are locked up in
advise to you is to put mind over matter and say no to bad
To the young ladies, he recognized that they are at times faced with
same and more social problems. “Too many of you are becoming
mothers too soon! What is the rush? I urge you to say no to anyone
who gets in the way of your education.”
Malone told the graduates that they have invested a lot of time
effort thus far and now is not the time to cash out. He encouraged
reinvest, continue furthering their education and keep the BVI’s
educational system at a level where it needs to be.
to him, the Class of 1982 recognized the need for a trade
in the BVI. He said they are pleased with government’s plan to
such a school and said they hope execution will be soon.
Class of 1982 formally launched a trust fund and contributed the
$10,000. In accepting the donation, Chief Minister O’Neal
member of the Legislative Council to match those funds. He said
contribution from the Class of 1982 was “gratefully received and
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