Graduation Exercise, 2019: Antigua S.D.A. Secondary School
[Foreground L-R] Executive Secretary of the South Leeward Conference (SLC), Dr. Wayne Knowles; Treasurer of SLC, Krista Moore, Executive Secretary of the Caribbean Union, Pastor Johnson Frederick, IAD Vice President, Dr. James Daniel; President of SLC, Dr. Carson Greene; Education Director of SLC, Dr. Eulalie Semper; Fifth Form Teachers Asher Agard and Cleophas Stevens; School Board Chairman, Pastor Frederick Alfred
June 30, 2019 | St. John's, Antigua | SLC Staff
Graduations are always beautiful experiences of class, grandeur and brilliance. The graduation ceremony of the Antigua and Barbuda Seventh-day Adventist school held at the St. Johns Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sunday June 30th, can be described as a ceremony of grandeur, that was executed with style, precision and creativity.
The "Pomp and Circumstance Marches " are some of Sir Edward Elgar's best known compositions. As these distinct chords echoed through the halls of the church; teachers, platform personnel and the students, decked in their ceremonial gowns, elegantly marched to the tune of this historical musical. The procession was a welcomed intrusion that delighted the hearts of the over 500 attendees to the school's graduation. The colours of apple green and gold burst through the hall with the vivacity of spring that added to the celebratory atmosphere of hope and expectancy.
From the opening song to the closing exercise, every item was presented with passionate purpose, thrilling excitement and amazing brilliance. It was certainly a reminder that Seventh-day Adventist schools prepare leaders for our churches. The principal's report, which highlighted the school's accomplishments for the year, drew from the attendees warm applause of appreciation. Through teacher development, principal leadership and increased curricula offerings, the school has attained an impressive 90 percent pass at the CSEC level.
Dr. James Daniel, vice-president of the Inter American Division, was the main speaker and through an inspirational message, challenged the students to keep persevering through faith. He was proud to share that he is a past student of the Antigua Seventh-day Adventist School.
[L-R] McKeala Mathurin, Valedictorian - Dr. Eulalie Semper, Education Director - Monique Sinclair, Salutatorian
The students reveled in the moment, as they were recognized and awarded for academic achievement, school involvement, community spirit and spiritual growth. The South Leeward Conference gave monetary awards to Mckeala Mathurin for first place in English, Bible and science. Monique Sinclair received the salutatorian award and Ajauni Stevens received first place in mathematics.
Congratulations to the administration and staff for the beautiful experience that highlighted the graduation of the 43 students prepared to serve God and society.
Graduating Class Performing the School Song
Graduation Exercise: New Bethel Academy
2019 Graduating Class of the New Bethel Seventh-day Adventist Academy
June 25, 2019 | Paul's, Antigua | Glenys-Joy Hobson
The graduation day exercise was the final walk across the stage for 46 grade six students who attended the New Bethel Seventh-day Adventist Academy. Held in the New Bethel Seventh-day Adventist Church, the students took their last walk down the aisle to the musical score, "Chariots of Fire". Faculty and staff, along with parents, friends and other well-wishers all gathered on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, to witness this auspicious occasion. Everyone was eager and excited about the day's event.
The students listened attentively, as the guest speaker, a past student, Allanna Martin (now a medical student at the Montemorelos University in Mexico) encouraged them to dream, believe, have faith, and achieve. She reminded the students that although everyone will not be happy for their success, this should in no way prevent them from accomplishing their goal of becoming successful. It was clear that everyone in attendance was blessed and motivated by her presentation, since they showed their appreciation with a rousing round of applause.
Allanna Martin, Keynote Speaker and NBA Alumnus
There was not a dry eye in the house, as an emotional Reanna Christopher, the valedictorian, gave her speech. She took her class on a trip down memory lane, reminding them of all the wonderful and not so wonderful moments they experienced during their years at the Academy. Though teary eyed and emotional, Reanna did not leave the stage without encouraging her classmates to keep pressing on and to work hard. She also thanked the parents and teachers for never giving up on them. Reanna, along with several other Principal's List and Honour Roll students, were lauded with awards for their outstanding performance and also with gifts form the parliamentary representative for St. Paul's Constituency, E. P Chet Greene.
Reanna Christopher, Valedictorian
The Director of Education of the South Leeward Conference, Dr. Eulalie Semper, was also in attendance. She acknowledged the report from the principal, Mrs. Vivian Nicholas, giving brief commendations and recommendations that would only serve to move our institution toward developing and executing a culture of excellence. Dr. Semper encouraged the students to dream big, and to be confident in their aspirations as they approach a new chapter in their lives.
The salutatorian, Rivé
Yea Brown, did a wonderful job in thanking all the persons who helped to make their graduation ceremony a success. She masterfully gave her thank you using several different languages to include Dutch, Spanish, French and English. Upon completion, we know that everyone involved felt truly appreciated.
As this school year comes to an end, faculty, staff, parents and students could not help but give God thanks and praise for a successful school year. Though there were challenges, the challenges were permitted by God only to help our institution to become stronger and greater in our community. We move forward into a new school year knowing that we are not alone, but
that we are moving forward with "Jesus the Master Teacher".
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