The 2018 Every Child Counts graduating class took their leap into the world on June 8 at St Francis de Sales Catholic Church. Twenty students participated in their Commencement Exercises in the morning and at 6pm seven students graduated in a joyous ceremony held under the theme “We are ready for the world. World you better get ready for us.”
Rev. Andrew Sands pronounced the opening prayer after the processional, marking the beginning of a ceremony moderated by Vernell Carey.
Every Child Counts’ students have become known for their musical skills which include singing by Ronell Escarment (thrice winner of the National Arts Contest) and performances by the Choir and the Drum Band.
So it was appropriate that they serenaded their principal, Mrs. Lynn Major, in a very emotional rendition of “Lead with your Heart” as she sat on the stage amid her graduates. They also performed “Good Bye to Yesterday” after the presentation to the mothers that was accompanied with “Wind Beneath My Wings” as a background music.
In her remarks, guest speaker Nyisha Tilus – Ms. University of The Bahamas – and sister of graduate Dayquane Cheramin, energized the graduates with her up-beat personality. She told them that whether or not the world was ready for them, they still had to go as opportunities were right around the corner. She instructed the graduates to leave their mark.
Next, Mrs. Major explained how difficult it had been to choose a Salutatorian and a Valedictorian as the boys had all something different they were good at.
So, she decided not to bestow these titles but to instead to recognize each individual’s and give them each a gift. Each of them excelled in an area, she explained: music, mathematics, behavior.
Speaking of their challenges, she said she had gotten to know their hearts. Each time one fell they rose again and they had become leaders in the school.
“Carry these words as you go into the world. Continue to regulate your emotions; be open to learning”, she advised, adding, “our doors will always be open to you.”
Each graduate then received his certificate handed out by the local District of Education Superintendent, Mrs. Dominique Russell.
Rejoicing with family and friends and photos in front of the church ended the ceremony.