By: Gavincia Clarke
(CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS)- The Charlestown Methodist Church was filled to capacity on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 with parents, teachers, friends and well-wishers to witness a special gathering of proud graduants who have completed another phrase in their lives.
Under the theme “Molding Productive and Conscientious Citizens through Integrative Education” 128 students of the Charlestown Secondary School, (CSS) and 40 students of the Nevis Sixth Form College proudly walked down the isle of the church as part of their graduation ceremony
Mr. Adrian Daniel, who is an attorney by profession, and the son of Nevis’ first Premier the late Dr. Simeon Daniel delivered the feature address. Daniel told the graduating class that Bill Gates once said, “I failed in some subjects in exams, but my friend passed in all, now he is an engineer at Microsoft and I own Microsoft”. He told the graduates that education is the foundation on which their future will be built. Mr. Daniel advised the graduates not to let anyone or any circumstances dissuade them from pursuing higher education, since it is vital in their lives.
He reminded the graduating class that a sound education however, did not guarantee a life without challenges. However, they should see these challenges as a stepping stone rather than an obstacle. The Keynote Speaker encouraged the graduating class to become leaders, to be persistent and to be resilient no matter what predicament comes their way. He also encouraged the students to be different, act with honor, dignity and respect so that others may be inspired by their examples.
In conclusion, he told the graduating class of 2014 to never give up. He further stated, “There are so many ways to achieve your goals. If plan ‘A’ doesn’t work, there are 25 letters left in the alphabet”. He closed by using a phrase used by one of the greatest military commanders in history which reads “I shall either find a way or make one”.
The annual report was delivered by the Principal of the School, Mr. Edson Elliot. He highlighted the achievements of the school and the students for the year 2013-2014. He also used the opportunity to extend heartiest congratulations to the graduating class of 2014. He encouraged them to strive for excellence as they continued on their journey.
Premier of Nevis, Hon. Vance Amory also gave remarks. The Premier congratulated the graduates on their achievements. He encouraged them to stay focus and to aim to be the best they could be. He saluted those who received top honors.
The 2014 State Scholar and most outstanding performance in Business Studies, Chloe Williams delivered the Valedictory Speech for best CAPE results; while Brianna Brantley, the daughter of Deputy Premier of Nevis, Hon. Mark Brantley delivered the Valedictory speech for CSEC. Oshanta Paris received the awards for best CCSLC results.
The presentation of certificates and prizes was distributed by Mrs. Marva Roberts.
The ceremony saw entertainment by the school’s choir, the graduating class, Gene Amory and a musical rendition by Brendon Claxton and company.
Mrs. Deslyn Tyson- Whyte gave the Vote of thanks.
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