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High achievers of Saint Ignatius High Grad Class of 2020

Posted: Saturday, May 30, 2020. 11:33 am CST.

By BBN Staff: Today, Saint Ignatius High School in Santa Elena, Cayo held the first of its kind virtual high school graduation in Belize. The graduation ceremony was held under the theme- “We rise like lanters illuminating the future”.

The event was carried live on The National Channel and Saint Ignatius High’s fb page.

The school highlighted the top 3 high achievers that graduated with honors.

The Valedictorian, Baneza Godoy, an eighteen-year-old student from 7Miles/ El Progresso excelled throughout her high school years despite her village having no electricity or internet. Godoy says that she would travel to a nearby village that had access to electricity so that she could complete her assignments. Godoy says she feels so proud of her accomplishments and is a role model for students in rural areas.

“I strongly encourage every student to pursue an education because it is the most important weapon that will lead you to be a successful person. Always keep in mind that you only fail when you stop trying and never give up, life is hard but you can do it,” Godoy said.

Undoubtedly, Godoy’s story teaches us that hard-work, dedication and persistence are the keys to success.

The Salutatorian, Wagner Maldonado,16, is from San Marcos Village. Maldonado shared that during his high school years, some of his struggles included travelling to and from home and school daily. Maldonado told BBN that his days began before dawn and his nights were long completing assignments.

“My village was out of electricity till midst of last year. This means that my house was unable to have internet signal. I remember going out late in the night to a mile away house in search of internet and electricity. Whenever my works were reaching the due date I used to stay during my lunch breaks or after school in the School’s computer lab to finish, print or submit any work,” Maldonado shared.

Maldonado plans to further his education and pursue his dreams of becoming a nurse.  He offered words of encouragements to other young students, “Never give up on whatever situation that comes across your innocent life. Let you not get induced by drugs, peer pressure or unhealthy relationships. Never let go of the many opportunities that you have as a young individual. Find support from your surroundings if you feel that you are unable to follow your dreams. Keep striving for the best and always appreciate the efforts of your contributors. With God’s blessings everything is possible, keep Praying!”

Receiving the third-place overall award was Adrian Palma. The sixteen-year-old student from Santa Elena Town holds a 4.0 GPA for third and fourth forms. Palma tutors students from his class that needs assistance. Palma dreams of becoming a Business Attorney in Belize. He is also seeking scholarship opportunities with hopes of furthering his education. Palma says that his family was overjoyed with the news of his accomplishment. “It feels absolutely amazing to be third place overall for the entire fourth form in my school. This is incredible for me because it means that I am one of the best students at my high school. My family was so proud of me when we all got the news that I was one of the top students from the graduating class of 2020,” Palma said.

His goals and aspirations include gaining a scholarship at Galen University.

“My current goal is to gain a scholarship at one of the most prestigious universities in Belize, Galen University. This is my goal because I look forward to further my education in the business field and become one of the best attorneys for business law in Belize. I have no doubt in my mind for this goal because I know that with hard work and perseverance I can accomplish anything,” he expressed.

Palma encourages all students to set their goals high, remain focused and never give up!

Breaking Belize News congratulates the high achievers and the Class of 2020 of Saint Ignatius High.


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