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Clifton Hunter High School Graduates Urged to Strive for Greatness, Embrace Challenges

Front Pages 19 Oct, 2023 Follow News

Premier Wayne Panton (l) presents Micah Leon (r), a high honours graduate, with awards in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, sponsored by the Office of the Premier. Micah also received the GCSE Excellence Award from the Cayman Arts Festival and the Leos Award for Outstanding Service and was among the

Acting Chief Officer Lyneth Monteith (l) presents Level 2 Hons. graduate Phyllis Brown (r) with her diploma.

(l-r) DES Deputy Director Mr. Elroy Bryan, Director Mr. Mark Ray, CHHS Principal Dr. Villence Buchanan and Senior School Improvement Officer Dr. Richard Wildman chat before the start of the graduation

DES Director Mr. Mark Ray (l) presents Alyssa Bush (r) with her Level 2 Diploma.

Dr. Villence Buchanan (l), the principal of CHHS, presents a token of appreciation to the keynote speaker, Mr. Seaford Russell Jr (r).

Mr. Adrian Jones (c), Acting Deputy Chief Officer of the Ministry of Education, is photographed with the ten recipients of the Top Ten Graduates Award sponsored by Cayman National Bank.

The Governor, Mrs. Jane Owen (l), presents Jonathan Henny (r) with the Governor’s Achievement Award. Jonathan was one of three recipients of the Principal’s Award.

Ralph Lewis, Caymanian Times Publisher presents the Business Studies award to Chloe Ebanks

Chad Bush, Jr. delivers the Vote of Thanks. He was awarded the Principles of Business Award, sponsored by Kimberly Conolly of Wick Candles and Scents. In addition, Chad was awarded the Deputy Governor

Emcee Elitia Vassell stands in front of the platform party as she addresses the audience.

By Stacey-Ann Anderson

Clifton Hunter High School held its graduation ceremony on Thursday, 12 October, under the theme, “Strive for Greatness; Accept Every Challenge.”

The event celebrated the achievements of 160 graduates who have demonstrated extraordinary resilience and determination on their academic journey.

Sixty-eight graduates were bestowed with Level 2 honours certificates, having attained a minimum of seven subjects, including math and English at Level 2.

Nineteen graduates attained Level 2 diplomas with high honours, having passed at least nine subjects at Level 2, obtaining math and English at either a grade 1 or 2 or A*, A or B.

Another notable highlight of the evening was the mention of the 31 graduates who completed the Level 2 ILM Leadership Programme with the Civil Service College.

In her address to the graduates, Principal Dr. Villence Buchanan congratulated them on their achievements and offered heartfelt advice. She encouraged them to embrace challenges and let them shape their future. She stated, “Every obstacle is only a stepping stone propelling you towards your goal. Strive not only for personal success but also to uplift others. Accept every challenge as a catalyst for transformation.”

The ceremony also provided an opportunity for the institution to recognise the outgoing Deputy Principal, Elitia Vassell, and the former Principal, Dr. Richard Wildman, for their invaluable contributions to the school’s success over the years.

Keynote speaker Seaford Russell, Jr., a Clifton Hunter High School alumnus, Boyz2Men Director, and accomplished journalist, shared his inspiring journey with the graduates. He offered valuable tips to navigate challenging times, urging them to be kind, avoid quick anger, think before speaking, find a good partner, and be forgiving. His core message to the graduates was a call to action: “Do your best, don’t give up, forgive, find a good partner, think before you speak, and accept every challenge.”  

Leanna Allen and Jerry Allen followed with the graduates’ reply.

Her Excellency Governor Jane Owen was among the many distinguished guests in attendance. She delivered inspiring remarks and offered three nuggets of wisdom to the graduates. She encouraged them to create a balance in life, to understand that not everything can be planned, and to always keep learning, emphasising that continuous learning is a key to personal growth and success.

The Clifton Hunter High School graduation ceremony was a night of inspiration, celebration, and reflection, reminding graduates that their journey has just begun and that every challenge they face is an opportunity for personal growth and transformation.

The Department of Education Services (DES) congratulates the Clifton Hunter High School Class 2023.

Watch the entire graduation ceremony online at the Cayman Islands Government’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/live/jOa9mmbxgqY?si=pKH2f15MBae-4zJc .

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