S.C. Bootle High School held its Annual Thanksgiving and Awards Ceremony on Nov. 28 under the theme: “Empowering Students for a Better Tomorrow.” The ceremony was sponsored by Treasure Cay Beach, Marina and Golf Resort.
This year, the ceremony also included a Pavilion Dedication Service for the pavilion that was received from the Hon. Alfred Gray, Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government. It was a fulfillment of the promise made by Minister Gray during S.C. Bootle’s graduation ceremony in June.
In his remarks, Principal Huel Moss reflected on last year’s ceremony when the school acquired their new school bus. Now, the students enjoy a pavilion that provides shade during assemblies and special events. Continuing on, he quoted 1 Thessalonians 5:18, which talks about giving thanks constantly.
“You would know that just about every assembly, I talk about giving God thanks for everything especially for life when you consider what’s going on around the world. We are truly blessed in this country,” Moss said. “Certainly, we are blessed in Abaco.
“Some of us – don’t care what God does, we are not pleased. We find something to fault, we find something to complain about. None of us here today are hungry, none of us here today are naked, and none of us here today is crippled to the point where we can’t walk. All of us are clothed and in our right minds, wouldn’t you agree with all those statements? So why wouldn’t you be thankful?”
A musical selection by Grade 12 students was followed by the awards ceremony to reward students for their previous work in all grade levels. One of the facility managers dedicated a song to the outstanding students before the distribution of awards was completed.
Pastor Rex Carey of Revival Time Pentecostal Church in Crown Haven was the keynote speaker. He spoke on the importance of acquiring a good education to get to the top in life. He began as a messenger in BTC delivering mail, but he aspired to become a technician. Now, he is retired from BTC, and presently the owner of ‘For We Really Care Contractual Management.’
“You don’t just have to stop at a technician, you can be an electrician, or you can be a plumber. In this time in the world that we are living in, you need every little piece of education that you can hold on to,” Pastor Carey said. “You have a great challenge before you, and you have a great opportunity before you because in everything you need education.”
He also encouraged them to be on their best behaviour for their parents and teachers, and to be good representatives of their school, so that others would want to attend S.C. Bootle as well.
The final set of awards were the High Flyers Awards and BJC and BGCSE awards. Moss was pleased to see the large sum of students collecting these particular awards because when he first came to the school in 2006, there were approximately 17 students on the High Flyers list. Now there are 68 out of the school’s population of 290 students. He added that one third of the school’s students have a 3.0 GPA or above. Comparatively, 49 students were in the zero point range, but that number has declined to a mere seven students in the past eight years.
The following week, Moss highlighted the efforts of the students regarding their donated items as well as their creative decorations. Results determined that Grade 9-O won in the category for the class with the most items (more than 350 products), and 9-O also won the best decorated box. Diana Saunders and Tiffany Williams are their proud homeroom teachers. Moss said that the school’s Anchor Club will be distributing the donated items throughout North and Little Abaco tomorrow.