Parents and academic staff of Agape Christian School recognized the achievements of the class of 2015 graduates during a commencement exercise held in the evening of May 30.
Valedictorian, Tresha Regner, made the Super Honour Roll with an A average during the entire school year and the Salutatorian, Arshelle Lightbourne, earned the Honour Roll – also for the entire school year,
The ceremony which unfolded first with prayers, a rendition of the National Anthem and a welcome address by the Salutatorian, was guided by Troy Albury who announced the events during the two hour ceremony, as awards presentations and remarks were taking place.
Salutatorian Arshelle Lightbourne’s address was followed by the presentation of awards in physical fitness, Bible Memory, perfect behavior and perfect attendance as well as outstanding students in Bahamian High Schools Awards and Ministry of Education Workshop Certificates.
A beautiful rendition of “Today my life begins” was performed by the graduates after the awards presentation to the Salutatorian and the Valedictorian. The latter then addressed the audience, expressing her gratitude to her classmates for their support. She also communicated her excitement about their future, wondering where it would take them. She also thanked her teachers, but most of all her parents, for being there for her.
There was a slide presentation of the students’ trip to Freeport during Easter Break with Coach Adderley and their homeroom teacher, Mrs. Chu, as a celebration of their time together.
During their Administrators’ Address, Principal Cecile M Albury and Kathy Sawyer commented on this year’s theme: “Refuse to be Average.”
“God blessed us with eleven intelligent and wonderful individuals in grade twelve this year,” said the Principal. “The future kinesiologist, physiotherapist, singer, civil engineer, finance manager, ultra-sound technician, computer technician, doctor, detective, marketing executive, public relations advertiser, dive master, mixed martial arts fighter, captain and mechanical engineer among them, can do great things, if they refuse to be average.”
The subject awards were then presented by each teacher with the first place students receiving a trophy and the second place students, a certificate.
It was then time for the guest speaker, Pastor Patrick Rutherford, to be introduced by O’Desha Cox, the third overall student. Pastor Patrick Rutherford had come from Nassau specifically for the occasion.
In his address, he reiterated the advice of their teacher, Zally Chu. They both told the graduates to make wise choices and to seek God in everything they did.
Before the end of the function, the graduates gave small gifts to each of their teachers and to every staff members who helped them. They also gave the school a brand new copier/ printer /scanner for the high school department’s office.
The class of 2015 comprised a mix of boys and girls from various settlements of Abaco as far North as Cooper’s Town (O’Desha Cox), to Murphy Town, Dundas Town, Marsh Harbour, Bahama Palm Shores (Tresha Regner) and as far South as Sandy Point, (Arshelle Lightbourne).
Most students already knew what the next year had in store for them.
Some will get a job before continuing to college. Some will go to COB and some have opted to attend Pensacola Christian College.