Tuesday, June 3, 2014. GWEN NUNEZ GONZALEZ Reporting: Our Lady of Guadalupe High School in the Garden City of Belmopan held its 8th Commencement Exercises at the University of Belize Gymnasium on Sunday, June 1st, 2014.
Seventy three enthusiastic and anxious young men and women hit the aisle to the rhythm of Pomp and Circumstances played by the Panerriffix Steel Band.
After the prayer and National Anthem Jamir Estevan Alpuche, second highest ranking student, delivered the Salutatory Address and the usual Principal’s Remarks was done by Mrs. Barette Belisle.
The pride and joy on the faces of the graduates was manifested in their bounce for their hard earned diplomas.
Julie Deng, the first highest ranking student, jovially gave her reflection and advice to her graduating class and proud parents and supporters.
Dr. Paul Flowers, Director of Policy and Strategic Planning and Policy Advisor to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture plus Executive Director of Finance for the Egoli Estate was the powerful Guest Speaker.
In his Commencement Address he challenged the graduates to ensure that his senior years are comfortable with their innovation and productivity.
He gave them his experience as a student along with practical ways of overcoming challenges.
The issues that the country is dealing with were highlighted and he indicated ways of overcoming and avoiding them.
The graduates and audience enjoyed his humorous delivery and “keeping it real” approach.
The Principal and staff also gave recognition to the outstanding male and female athletes.
Akeema Jenkins received the Female Athlete Awards while Norman Andrews received the Male Athlete Award.
Other Awards went to Julie Deng for the Highest Score in Math, Guadalupe Award (Highest Award at the School) went to Carolee Martinez, and Student of the Year Award went to Alexis Jones.
The Board of Directors and Administrators also gave Long Service Awards to Mrs. Myrtle Channona and Mrs. Gladys Waight for their positive contribution to the development of the institution as members of the school board.
One of the highlights of the graduation is the traditional performance by the staff to the students.
The male and female teachers blended their voices to serenade the graduates with a positive song.
The vote of thanks was read by Odarli Ebelin Lima, third place student.
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