Under the theme “Expect the Unexpected – Our Destiny Awaits,” twenty students from St Francis de Sales Catholic School graduated on Jun 8, 2018. Among them, the Valedictorian Ashanti Miller and the Salutatorian, Tianna McIntosh.
They made their formal entrance watched by parents, faculty members and officials including the Director of Catholic Education Claudette Rolle, and Guest Speaker Pastor DeAngelo Bowe.
After the welcome address, the passing of the torch between the torch bearers for the 2017-18 school year and the torch receivers for the following school year was held.
The Principal, Leandra Kelly-Adderley, then addressed the assembly describing what behavior she had expected from the graduates for them to reach that day but first quoting.
“Desire is the key to motivation, but commitment leads to the success of goals.” She quoted.
She assured the graduates that parents and teachers will always be here to support them when they stumble. She then went on to recall particularities about all the graduates of the class of 2018, who she said were each unique.
“Trust the Lord with all your hearts and trust your own understanding.” She finished.
Conforming to his realistic approach on life, Pastor DeAngelo Bowe advised the graduates to enjoy every moment of their high school life left- the best time of their lives- he stated, because things were about to change for them.
Warning them about life’s unexpected challenges, he told them to keep God in all the things they did, to dream big without forgetting to set goals; to be consistent but to be prepared to fail, still to be ready to get up again and to always express gratitude to others.
Then the graduates of the 2018 class of St Francis de Sales were called by Head Master, Elmer Bongon, to receive their high school certificates that were handed out by Mrs. Rolle.
Mrs. Kelly-Adderley also had a list of special students she wanted to recognize- the All-Around girl -Tianna McIntosh, the All-Around boy – Rechard Charles, the recipient of the Phoenix Award – Shaquan Theagene, the Rising Stars Award – Markeisha Douglas and Rechard Charles, the Lifers Award – Jordan Russel and Natalya Albury, the Deputy Head Girl – Tainna McIntosh, the Head Girl – Destiny Murphy, the Deputy Head Boy – Davrion Henfield, the Principal Award – Destiny Murphy and of course the Salutatorian Tianna McIntosh and the Valedictorian Ashanti Miller.
Ashanti took the podium for an emotional address to the assembly expressing her gratitude towards her mother that she described as the number one supporter of all her achievements; she told her class-mates that it was OK not to be as successful as others as long as they were happy with their lives; she recognized that her teachers did not teach to become rich but because it gave them pleasure.
Mrs. Rolle congratulated the graduates on behalf of Bishop Patrick Pinder. She also asked them to always remember to be grateful. Telling that she met a pilot flying for local airline who graduated from a Catholic School in 2009, she ended her remarks by saying:
“I am sure that in the next ten years I’ll hear great things about you.”
The ceremony ended with the vote of thanks given by Tianna McIntosh.