Graduates of Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA)/Lynch Plantation School with valedictorian Charisse Woodley at far left.
ST. EUSTATIUS–Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA)/Lynch Plantation School held a three-day celebration for their graduating students, starting Friday night with a consecration service at the SDA church in Newton Pasture.
Saturday morning, the festivities continued as all 14 graduates were honoured during the Sabbath programme. The three days of celebrations came to a close on Sunday afternoon when the graduation ceremony took place under the theme “My Dream, My Plans, My Hopes.” There were many speakers, performances and other activities.
Deputy Government Commissioner Mervyn Stegers gave some background information on the years he was a teacher. He said he encountered one of his former students in the Netherlands right here on St. Eustatius. He said he was “very surprised” that some of his students have branched out over the world.
Valedictorian Charisse Woodley, daughter of former commissioner Charles Woodley and teacher Criselma Woodley-Adams, reminisced about leaving her birthplace in the Netherlands to live on Statia for the past three years during which time she had to adjust herself to living on an island.
She also spoke about the work it took to become valedictorian of her class and how that hard work was to prepare them for Gwendoline van Putten secondary school, to which they will move on to in the fall of 2018. It is her dream to obtain a Master’s in Interior Design, because of her love for decorating.
“Our attitude will determine our altitude. Every achievement that we enjoy at this moment is a sign of someone’s sacrifice, patience, knowledge, prayers and love. This is the reason we stand proudly before you this afternoon. Class of 2018 there isn’t any limit to our success. Let us boldly claim our dreams, our plans and our hopes,” Woodley said in ending her speech.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/77995-sda-holds-three-day-graduation-ceremony