L-R: Melissa Puc, Jia Xiao Zhen, Milenie Archilas, Ceidy Rodriguez
Posted: Saturday, June 2, 2018. 2:10 p.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: Four female Belizean students from Mount Carmel High School (MCHS) in Benque Viejo del Carmen topped their 2018 Graduating class.
The students are Melissa Puc, Ceidy Rodriguez, Jia Xiao Zhen and Milenie Archilas.
Puc is the 2018 Valedictorian and she is sixteen years old.
Ceidy Rodriguez and Jia Xiao Zhen are joint Salutatorians.
Milenie Archilas will deliver the Vote of Thanks for the school’s commencement exercise.
The students shared their experiences in their own words:
Valedictorian: Melissa Puc
My name is Melissa Arianda Puc and I am 16 years old. I was born on October 31st, 2001 and I am from San Jose Succotz village. I am a proud student of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Benque Viejo, where I have grown both academically and spiritually as an individual. I am very humbled to say that I am here today thanks to the sacrifice of my parents, loved ones and myself. I will soon be starting a new chapter in my educational journey. I have always wanted to inspire other youth and let them know that all is possible if you just believe and work hard for it, because all our dreams can come true once we pursue them. I am also very humbled to be my distinguished school’s Valedictorian for the graduating class 2018, but I am conscious that this achievement belongs to all the people that contributed to my development as a person and as a student. Lastly, I look forward to getting a degree in nursing and health management. I ask for your prayers as I pursue my dreams.
Joint Salutatorian: Ceidy Rodriguez
Hi, my name is Ceidy Rodriguez and I am a proud salutatorian of MCHS and a citizen of the world!! As a child, my family moved frequently and leaving behind loved ones and the places I called home was never easy for me. However, with God and a loving family in my life I was able to keep my goals in sight. As I grew older, I came to understand that numbers cannot define the expanse of a person’s knowledge, for our minds are seeking different destinations in life. Despite some difficulties and challenges along the way I came to realize that nothing should distract you from achieving your goals.
Although my effort played a major role I must recognize the important people who guided me through my journey; these include my parents Alma Palma and Rudolph Rodriguez, my teachers who without a doubt did an excellent job, and of course, the people who witnessed each step of my journey: John Torres, Ameili Vejerano, Berlin Menjivar, Alexander Flowers, Damon Yacab, and all my classmates and the whole Mount Carmel family who became my second home.
As someone who has had an abiding interest in caring for others and saving life, I look forward to pursuing a career in nursing. It is my hope to that with God’s help I will continue to excel in my studies.
Joint Salutatorian: Jia Xiao Zhen
My name is Jia Xiao Zhen and I was born in San Ignacio in 2001. I started school at Mount Carmel Primary School before transferring to China for two years where I had an opportunity to learn Mandarin. After my studies in China, I enrolled at Mount Carmel High School where I became a science major. This is where I met Mr. Miguel who inspired me to become the best I could be and who along with my many friends encouraged me to reach for the stars. Although my parents did not go to university, they have been the people who have always encouraged me to excel and pursue my dreams. I am here today because of my parents, my beloved friends and teachers and all those who have helped me along the way.
I look forward to the next phase of my life as I start my degree in biomedical science in Canada.
Vote of Thanks: Milenie Archilas
My name is Milenie Archilas and I am 17 years old and proud to be giving the Vote of Thanks for my graduating class. My time at MCHS is one that I will never forget thanks to the wonderful friendships and the great camaraderie I shared with so many people. I feel humbled and blessed to be amongst such distinguished people such as Jia, Melissa and Nigel, my closest confidants since first form. After careful consideration I have decided to attend John Paul II Junior College where I will be studying Liberal Arts. I must extend my heartfelt thanks to my wonderful family for all their support.
Mount Carmel High school congratulates the dedicated students and their families.
Congratulations to the class of 2018!
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