02 Jul 2019 | Eulalie Semper
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.
The students revelled 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.
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