Education Minister urges Clifton Hunter High School (CHHS) Graduates to Strive for Excellence
(Photos by Stacey-An Anderson, Communications Officer and FOI Assistant)
Recently, hundreds gathered in the Clifton Hunter High School Gymnasium to recognise and celebrate the accomplishments of the school's 109 graduates at the graduation ceremony for year 2020 held under the theme, 'Oh The Places You Will Go!' In attendance for the prestigious affair were a host of MLAs, VIPs from the private sector and other government officials. Most notably, His Excellency, Governor Martyn Roper, the Honorable Deputy Governor Franz Manderson, Minister Dwayne Seymour and of course the Minister for Education, Youth, Sports, Agriculture and Lands, the Honourable Juliana O’Connor-Connolly all of whom made presentations for special student awards.
In keeping with this year’s theme, Minister O'Connor-Connolly, gave a moving address. The Education Minister reminded graduates that they controlled their destiny and encouraged them to strive for excellence. "No one but you can determine your final destination. You have to make up your mind that this will not be the end of your journey. With good manners, excellent education and trust in God, the places that you can go are infinite," she declared.
Minister O’Connor-Connolly also encouraged graduates to trust their abilities and not to be sidetracked by naysayers. "Instead, use this as a catalyst to go and achieve beyond your wildest expectations," she urged.
CHHS Principal Dr. Richard Wildman commended graduates for their outstanding academic achievements in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Examination which he said 'garnered national and regional attention.'
Dr. Wildman was sure to make special mention of students, Diamond Chambers, Joshua Peart and Aaliyah Powell. All of whom attained top performance status and named in the top ten for the Caribbean region for their academic performance in Integrated Science, Human & Social Biology and Electronic Document Preparation & Management external examinations.
Dr. Wildman beamed with pride and expressed his confidence in his graduates' readiness to face the world. "You are now well equipped to embrace life and to make a significant contribution to the future of the Cayman Islands and the wider world; fully believe in who you are. As a graduate of Clifton Hunter High School, you have been equipped with a map for your success. This map entails mastery, autonomy and purpose. Use your map wisely; you are capable," he urged graduates.
Similar sentiments were echoed by Guest Speaker, Teresa Echenique, Chief officer for the Department of Children & Family Services. Ms. Echenique called on graduates to find their purpose and to pursue their purpose with pride and passion.
Dena'e Alexander gave the graduates address and accepted the principal's and guest speaker's charge on behalf of the graduating class declaring, "We are ready to conquer the world and turn adversities into opportunities and make our country proud."