BVI HIGH GRADUATES 161
With the usual pomp and circumstance, the BVI High School graduated 161 students
during a ceremony at the Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall on Thursday June 26th.
Chairing the ceremony was Dr.
June Samuel, while the hosts were Mr. Elton Callwood and Mrs. Carolyn
Stoutt-Igwe of the Class of 1983. They indicated that their graduation was
historic in that the pioneer class of 1943 took part, it was the longest in
history and they were the first class to host a graduation at the Sir Rupert
The salutatorian Stacey Brewley
told her fellow students that graduating is just the beginning to a world full
of challenges. She left them with five P's: proper preparation prevents poor
performance. She told the unsuccessful students that this is just a speed bump
in their life and encouraged them to try again.
Chief Minister Dr. the
Honourable D. Orlando Smith delivered congratulatory remarks to the parents,
guardians, teachers and students. "I stand here as a proud product of the
local school system and therefore one who takes pride in its
He noted that it was a
different time when he was going to school, when the territory wasn't as
developed and therefore most graduates planned to go off island for further
study. However he pointed out that today is a different situation where
there are no BV Islanders to fill the various positions, so people have to be
recruited from elsewhere.
Chief Minister Smith urged the
graduates to try their best to make maximum possible use of all the available
opportunities. "It is absolutely necessary if you are to take your rightful
place in the development of this territory. Government will do what it can to
help along the way, by promoting, educating and training our people."
The 2003 valedictorian is
JoRyan Palmer. She thanked all those who affected the lives of the students in a
positive way and used the opportunity to encourage parents to praise their
children for their efforts. "There are four important things parents need
to do in training up a child: be an example, be a companion, be a communicator
and be a teacher," she said.
Following a musical rendition by the senior band and choir, Principal Elmore
Stoutt announced the students who received special awards and scholarships for
Minister of Education Hon.
Lloyd Black, in his remarks, said graduation ceremonies are always a happy and
proud occasion. "Your success today is an indication that you have all
started on the right path toward positive experiences."
He encouraged them to continue
on this path, indicating that the foundation of the territory is vested in their
education. He encouraged those who didn't make it to try again, saying gaining
an education is too important to give up.
"As the new Minister of
Education, I accept the challenge to ensure that all of our students will
continue to be provided with the best education possible in as comfortable an
environment that we can provide," Hon. Black declared. He promised
returning students in September that he will be visiting the compound in a few
days with the principal, to ensure it is safe and conducive and to provide
government's undertaking that work will commence in summer to correct the many
problems that besiege our students.
Minister Black said the
Ministry will continue the drive to review and revise the curriculum offerings,
but for now, he would encourage all students to partake in the various social
programmes available to the youth of the territory.
As in previous years, the
Minister of Education announced scholarships for the students with the highest
scholastic achievements who are nationals of the BVI and national awards for
study with the first two years tenable at the HLS Community College. He
also announced that other scholarships are available to all other students who
meet a GPA of 6.0 or better, who have lived here for 3 years prior to graduation
and are deemed to belong. These students should apply to the Ministry by July
18th. He thanked the various businesses and individuals who also
contributed scholarships and said other graduates may also apply for
consideration for government scholarships.
BVIHS Principal Stoutt and the
school band made a special presentation to Head of the Music Department Mrs.
Rosa Vanterpool, as she approaches retirement. They thanked Mrs. Vanterpool
"for a job done with a flair of grace and excellence" throughout the
56 years she devoted to the field of education.
Chief Education Officer Mr.
Angel Smith then presented the graduating class of 2003 with their school
leaving certificates, following which the students sang their school song to end
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