The Elmore Stoutt High School ended the 2018/19 school year on a high as it produced all 10 of the territory’s top students this year.
Education Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley made the announcement at their graduation ceremony held at the Multipurpose Complex in Road Town on Thursday, June 27.
The top students include valedictorian Kaylian Penn, salutatorian Shaquille Christopher, and high honour students Akeya Herbert, Tariq Fahie, Leah Smith, Leslyn Jno-Lewis and Aryana Barrett and Honour Students Jade-Allison Straker, Brent Andrew and Keyvin Atime.
Penn, Christopher, and Fahie also received the Exemplary Performance Award which is given to students maintaining an ‘A average’ from Grade 7 to Grade 12.
Of the 158 Grade 12 students at the educational institution, 148 graduated. Some 81 graduated with honours and seven with high honours. Of that 147, twenty-two were CAPE students while 15 students had dual enrollment status.
Other awardees include D’ondre Davis and Shekina Stoutt who both won the Humanitarian Award and a $1,000 cash prize for community service hours completed. Stoutt also claimed the Premier’s Award for completing 593.5 hours of community service.
In the meantime, Akeya Herbert was awarded for the Highest Achievement in Hospitality/Culinary and Tourism award from the BVI Tourist Board. The 2019 Achievement Award which was sponsored by Ernst and Young went to Aryanna Barret for her outstanding performance in Principles of Accounts.
Teachers play a major role
Minister Wheatley acknowledged some of the many educators who are due for retirement this year and thanked those who go above and beyond to put the needs of students before their own.
“Some teachers lost their homes and are only now rebuilding and getting back to normal conditions and despite it all, they not only showed up to work but worked hard with the students resulting in the success of them participating in this graduation ceremony,” Dr Wheatley said.
“This says to me that this is more than just a job for our teachers – they genuinely care about the educational advancement of the young people of this territory.”
Not how you start but how you finish
The keynote speaker this year was local entrepreneur and musician Raul ‘Jougo’ Sprauve from the popular local band ‘VIBE’.
Sprauve, an alumnus from the Class of 1999, had the audience captivated as he shared memories of his journey from school to a successful businessman and artiste. He reminded graduates, “it’s not how you start, but it’s how you finish”.
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