Virgin Gorda residents Cheryce Todman and Rakesheah Young are the top achievers at Virgin Islands School of Technical Studies (VISTS) for 2019.
Todman graduated as the valedictorian with a grade point average of 3.70 while Young, the salutatorian, graduated with a grade point average of 3.30 at the New Testament Church of God International Worship Centre in Baugher’s Bay, Tortola on Friday.
Todman received the valedictorian award, and the top student in hospitality culinary and tourism award by the BVI Tourist Board. She further received a $2,500 grant from the Tourist Board. The high-achiever also took home the Top Priority Security Services highest academic achievement award in mathematics, English, human and social development, among other subject areas.
Meanwhile, Young copped the second place award in hospitality culinary and tourism as well as the highest scholastic achievement in Integrated Science and Social Studies.
A total of 17 students graduated from the institution — seven from the automotive programme, seven from the cosmetology programme, and three from the hospitality culinary and tourism programme.
Daniel Gilford was named the top student in automotive and was given the Alphonso Enterprises Award.
Additionally, he received the highest scholastic award for technical drawing and copped a $500 cash prize from Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development, Sharie DeCastro, for innovation and determination.
Kais Masson received the top student in cosmetology award by Sixth District Representative Alvera Maduro Caines. Second place went to Destinee Malone.
The Delta Petroleum Ltd Award for the second place auto student went to Clifton Forbes, Jr while Aquila Jupiter was named the most improved student.
The Burkes Garage’s ‘determined to succeed’ award was bestowed on Shontaea Matthew while Noah Spencer received the Principal’s ambassador award.
Reishar Alexis-Fahie took home the innovation award for helping to develop the school cheerleading team and Rayran Hodge won the prize for perseverance.
In his congratulatory remarks, Education Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley urged students to be part of the rebuilding of the territory.
“You have received the foundation on which you must now formalize your skills and advance your knowledge in whatever career path you choose. Don’t be afraid to dream big, we need entrepreneurs who will come up with unique business ideas and bring the needed diversification to our economy,” Dr Wheatley said.
He added: “You have the support of the government and the Virgin Islands communities as you enter your next phase in your journey.”
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