129 Graduate from
BVI High School
photo GIS/Rick Evans
The BVI High School
graduated 129 students — of these, 31 received high honours and 17 got honours.
There were 63 Grade I, 31 Grade II and 35 Grade III recipients.
officially ended their studies at the BVI High School on Thursday 24 June at
their graduation ceremony. Dignitaries included His Excellency the Governor Mr.
Thomas Macan and Mrs. Macan, the Chief Minister Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith,
Education Minister Hon. Lloyd Black and the Chief Education Officer, Mr. Angel
Smith. Present at this year's graduation ceremony were graduates of the Classes
of 1974, 1984, and 1994. This year’s chairperson was Mr. Joseph Abbott-Smith a
graduate of the class of 1984.
the function, Chief Minister Smith commended the graduates on behalf of the
Government and the people of the Territory. “You have made us all proud by
staying focused on your academic goals and by staying away from the temptations
of drugs and other forms of undesirable behaviour. Keep up the good work.”
The BVI Leader
went on to say that his government will continue to put in place the framework
for a stronger economy. And he told the graduates that they must recognize the
possibilities this information age presents to them: they must take
responsibility of contributing to the development of their territory in whatever
way they can.
address was delivered by Miss Kisha Frett, Salutatorian of the class of 2004. In
her remarks Miss Frett said even before her completion of Primary School, she
was challenged to walk in the footsteps of her brother Michael Frett who
delivered his Salutatorian address four years ago. She stressed the importance
of prayers and thanked God for bringing her this far. Miss Frett said she had a
wonderful experience in high school and compared hers to those of the Prophet
Ezekiel who ate a book and found it sweet. She said she spent hours feeding on
her text books; she thanked her pre-school teachers, primary school teachers and
her past BVI High School teachers. Kisha also thanked the Principal and
assistant Principal of the BVI High School for enforcing the guidelines. The
Salutatorian congratulated her fellow graduates; she told them that they have
reached another milestone but there journey had only just begun. She also
encouraged the younger students who were left behind to study hard.
Akilah Corbin was very emotional when she presented her speech. Tearfully she
thanked her parents and the principal, she told the graduates to remember to
give their parents a big hug.
the staff of the BVI High School, and she especially thanked the government of
the BVI for seven reasons. One of the things she thanked the government of the
BVI for, is the wonderful education she has received at the BVI High School
which she said will put her at an advantage. Miss Corbin said that someday she
hopes to give back to her community, and she admonished the graduates to keep
praying and hoping, and reminded them that learning goes beyond the classroom.
the BVI High School, Mr. Elmore Stoutt acknowledged the school's three retiring
teachers: Mrs. Yvonne Flores who contributed 24 years of service; Mrs. Olive
Vanterpool who contributed 38 years of service - 30 years teaching primary and
secondary school and eight years as a guidance councilor; and Mr. Lloyd Williams
who devoted 30 years of teaching the primary and secondary level. Mr. Stoutt
also presented the special recognition award to students for superlative
academic achievements. These students were awarded with laptop computers,
printers, and scanners depending on their achievements. They were: Akilah
Corbin, Kisha Frett, Dianne O'Neal, Quinson Thomas, Ryanne Ross, and Renee
Black Minister for Education and Culture encouraged students to strive to meet
their full potential; he also thanked the parents of the graduates, the
Principal and the Assistant Principal, year heads and teachers.
The Minister encouraged the
graduates to strive always to reach their fullest potential, adding, “you are
not only worthy of it, but you owe it to yourselves and your forefathers, many
of whom paved the way for the successful growth and development which we are
experiencing today and which make this country of ours as great as it is.”
challenged the graduates to make their life count for something. “It is
important to recognize the importance of technology, education and of serving
the community that makes education and a quality lifestyle available to us.”
Valedictorian was presented a two year scholarship to The H. Lavity Stoutt
Community College. The Salutatorian was presented the traditional Sir Olva
A few other
students were awarded the national scholarships some of these scholarships were
donated by the BVI Government, ZBVI, Class of 1984, Jostens, Aqua Designs, BVI
Ltd, Social Security Board, Dr. Natalie Brewley and Mr. Alred Frett, BVI
Nursing Association, James Todman Construction, Althea Scatliffe Primary School.
scholarship recipients were: Karina George Bobadilla, Ife Gaskins, Bevin George,
Juanita George, Wilbert Chambers, Nadya George, Sheldon George , K.C. Ann
Creque , Kinta Donovan, Lloyd Duberry, Jareem Forbes, Anthony Frank, Shenel
Freeman, Lavona Frett, Jessica Hendrington (book award.), Shaniqua Henley,
Deshawn Hodge, Isha Hodge, Jemema Jackson, Dianne O'Neal, Shanika Maduro, Lionel
Penn III, Renee Rawlins, Kharlton Richardson, Xavyrna Samuels, Quinson Thomas,
Deja Vanterpool, Akiya Smith, Dereck Varlack, Antonias Hipplyote.
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