Celebrating 20 years of existence, Agape Christian School held its 12th Commencement Exercise at Grace Gym on May 30.
The 13 graduates achieved grade point averages (GPAs) of 3.2 or above, namely: Hannah Bonamy, valedictorian; Leandra Rolle, salutatorian; Barry Bostwick Jr., first place in Class of 2014 Award; Lowtadus Edgecombe; Timothy Bullard; Abigail Jones; Spencer Mernard; DeAndrea McIntosh; Gregory Munroe Jr.; Godfrey Rolle Jr.; Cassidy Russell; Jaleel Simmons; and John Saunders.
Equipped with the theme – “Forward” – based on Philippians 4:13, the students marched triumphantly down the aisle in their gleaming white and blue regalia.
Following the prayer and national anthem, Leandra Rolle, salutatorian, gave the welcome address. Students were then presented with a collection of awards ranging from Bible Memory to Physical Fitness Awards and Outstanding Students in Bahamian Schools Awards.
According to Principal Cecile Albury, the Outstanding Students Award will be reflected on their transcripts as well. Principal Cecile made special mention of the students’ participation in the Ministry of Education’s Workshop called Executive Employment and Marketing for which they received a certificate.
Also awarded were the school’s top athletes, and she applauded Coach Wayde Williams for his transformation of the sports program at Agape. Additionally, Prefect Awards and Founder’s Awards were given and several of the students earned Character Quality Awards.
Home Room Teachers Joyce Champagnie and Courtnee Romer were invited to give their remarks. What followed was a description of and tributes to each student. Overall, the graduates were celebrated as a diverse group of students whom their teachers were privileged to speak of.
Before the presentation of the Valedictorian and Salutatorian Awards, Mr. Troy Albury explained that the awards were based on the students’ cumulative GPAs from Grades 10-12.
During her Valedictorian Speech, Hannah recognized her peers as being intelligent and ambitious young adults as she reminisced over past experiences that brought laughter to all of them. She acknowledged the debt of gratitude owed to their parents, family, guardians and the teachers and staff of Agape Christian School.
“We came as children, but it is time to move to the next stage of our lives,” Hannah reflected. “I encourage you to make the leap and pursue your goals. I wish you a life of happiness and prosperity.”
After the Honour Roll and Super Honour Roll Awards were distributed, Principal Cecile and Kathy Sawyer joined efforts to give the Administrator’s Address.
“As we celebrate with these 13 students, we are here because of the dedication of many people,” Principal Cecile said. “My heart is full…”
She said she cried for the graduates’ accomplishments and for their future and for two of the graduates (Cassidy and John) who had lost their mothers.
“Look forward, walk with Christ and let Him guide you. Don’t leave God out of your plans.”
Mrs. Sawyer likened the graduates to eagles mounted up with wings who soared in their academics, athletics and character. She said the graduates set an example for the school’s other students to follow because they were taught the importance of following God while attending Agape.
Godfrey Rolle, father of Godfrey Rolle Jr., was honoured by Mr. Albury for his involvement with the basketball program and other parents were encouraged to become more involved because children are our greatest resources.
Finally, Pastor Deion Gibson, guest speaker, began his remarks by telling students that they have overcome many things. Still, he said that no matter what their achievements are only what is done for Christ will last.
“Two aspects of moving forward…forgetting the things that are behind; and the second aspect is pressing. Give it your all and exert all of your energy to achieve it,” he said of their theme.
“We are only pilgrims in the earth, so I encourage you to press forward. Hope charts the future and vigilance protects it, so never give up on what was instilled in you.”
The presentation of diplomas, a dedication in song and presentation of appreciation gifts to parents were additional highlights of the graduation ceremony.