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Lyford Cay School graduates its eighth class

Seniors encouraged to find their passion and seize opportunities
  • GRADUATES: The 16 members of Lyford Cay International School’s eighth graduating class. Pictured left to right, back row are Nicholas Mindorff, Samantha Wilson, Kevin Bente, Gabriella Mizell, Gerrick Farquharson, Emma Cousin, Christy Lightbourn and Kennedy Ferguson. From left at front are Barbara Armstrong, Tevin Creary-Roberts, Jade Mitchell, Anibal Hernandez, Anna-Philece Greene, Justice von Maur, Tatiana Mattio


Published: Jun 05, 2013

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The 16 members of the graduating class from Lyford Cay International School (LCIS) were told that as they left their institution and tackled new goals, to always remember the attributes of the International Baccalaureate (IB) learner profile. And that they not only embody the qualities they need to be successful and contributing members of society, but they also hold the key to leading a happy life.

“As you stand on the forefront of moving into life beyond Lyford Cay International School, we recognize that the structures, processes and relationships we have put in place for you will change,” said LCIS principal, Stacey Bobo. “Each of you will face new challenges in new environments. As you tackle new goals, remember the attributes of the IB Learner Profile. Not only do they embody the qualities we need to be successful and contributing members of society, but they also hold the key to leading a happy life.”

LCIS alumni Nikita Shiel-Rolle who gave the commencement address spoke to the graduates about opportunity, passion, failure and fun. She encouraged them to seize opportunities when they arose to find their passion, not to be dissuaded by failure, and to find fun in all things.

For the second year in a row LCIS acknowledged the members of the graduating class who have attended LCIS for their entire academic lives, and who are affectionately known as “Lyford Lyfers”. This year’s class had one “Lyfer” — Gerrick Farquharson. Gerrick was presented with a special commemorative award recognizing his 14 years at LCIS.

Previous “Lyford Lyfers” include Francesca Curry, Daniel Jennings, Marisa Maura (Class of 2012); Samuel Jennings (Class of 2011); Alexis Roberts (Class of 2010); Jordan Kemp, Fritz Stubbs and Natascha Vazquez (Class of 2008) and Eduardo Vazquez (Class of 2006).

The Class of 2013 :

LCIS Valedictorian 2013, Gabriella Mizell: Gabriella is an American citizen and has been studying at LCIS for two years. Gabriella completed the IB Diploma and is on her way to the University of Florida to study molecular biology. While at LCIS Gabriella earned a GGYA Silver Award. She was a gymnastics coach in the co-curricular program, Simms House Captain, student council vice-president and a member of the senior girls volleyball team. Gabriella was a member of the Harvard MUN. She was also a gymnastics competitor in the US Junior Olympic National Championships in ninth grade.

LCIS Salutatorian 2013, Alicia De Jong: Alicia is an American citizen and has been at LCIS for seven years. She has completed the IB Diploma. She will be studying photo journalism at Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to which she has received the Dean’s Scholarship and the Mosaic Award. She has been head girl, Clifton House captain, editor of the school yearbook, founding member of the LCIS Ecology Club, Stephen Dillet Enrichment program leader, FOCUS program tutor, and member of the Uganda Community Service trip. Alicia is also a GGYA Gold Award candidate. She won the Jenny Guy Community Service Award in 2012 and attended the Harvard and McGill MUNs.

Barbara Armstrong: Barbara joined LCIS in Grade 11 and has completed the IB Diploma. Barbara is a Polish/American citizen. She is on her way to King’s College in London, where she will study international relations. While at LCIS, Barbara was a founding member of the LCIS Ecology Club and a FOCUS program tutor on the weekends. She played on the senior girls volleyball team.

Kevin Bent: Kevin has been at LCIS for five years. He is a German/American citizen. Kevin has completed the IB Diploma and has been accepted to the University of Miami, to study atmospheric science and meteorology. Kevin competes locally and internationally in tennis. Kevin qualified for the Bronze GGYA award.

Emma Cousin: Emma has dual citizenship, Swiss and French. She has completed the IB Diploma and is off to the University of Washington in Seattle to study Biology. While at LCIS, Emma was Lightbourne House captain, Student Council Representative and a leader for the Stephen Dillet Enrichment program. She was a valuable member of the LCIS championship soccer team that competed in Jamaica. She played on the senior girls volleyball team. Emma achieved the GGYA Silver Award and participated in the Harvard MUN.

Tevin Creary-Roberts: Tevin is a Bahamian/American student who has attended LCIS for three years. Tevin has completed the IB Diploma and is on his way to study biology at Rollins College in Florida. Tevin is a candidate for the GGYA Gold Award. He was a member of the Uganda Community Service trip in support of Tentmakers Academy in Uganda. He founded the popular international sports club at the school. Tevin is a member of The Nassau Rowing Club and the first half of the team that competed at the Miami International Regatta.

Gerrick Farquharson: Gerrick is the “Lyfer” in the Class of 2013, having attended LCIS for 14 years. Gerrick is a Bahamian student who has completed the IB Diploma. He is on his way to Florida Institute of Technology to study engineering. Gerrick is a candidate for the GGYA Gold Award. He was Simms House Captain and leader of the LCIS Junkanoo Band. Gerrick is a national champion sailor, competing in Laser and Sunfish classes. He was also a member of the Uganda Community Service trip. As a grade 11 student he earned the LCIS Male Athlete of the Year award.

Kennedy Ferguson: Kennedy has been at LCIS for 10 years. She is a Bahamian student who is on her way to Miami International University of Art & Design to study interior design. Kennedy was a member of the Interact Club, the LCIS Art Club, and the school band. She was also a valuable member of the Dragons soccer and Clifton House swim teams.

Ana-Philece Greene: Ana-Philece is a Bahamian student who has attended LCIS for three years and completed the IB Diploma. Ana-Philece is off to study international business at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. Ana-Philece earned the LCIS Music Award in Grade 10 and is a member of the Bahamas National Symphony Orchestra. She was an elementary peer supervisor volunteer and a valuable member of her House swim team. Ana-Philece was a member of the Uganda Community Service trip.

Anibal Hernandez: Anibal is a Cuban student who has attended LCIS for five years. Anibal is off to Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina to study business management after a year of intense swim training in order to improve his standing to compete in the Olympics. He has represented The Bahamas in swimming at the Carifta Games. While at LCIS, Anibal was Lightbourne House Captain.

Christy Lightbourn: Christy has attended LCIS for two years, completing the IB Diploma. Christy is a Bahamian student and is on her way to study French and international business at the University of Richmond in Virginia. Christy is a talented musician and was instrumental in creating a monthly Coffee House at LCIS, during which students could share their talents in performing or writing. Christy and the Coffee House raised a good deal of money for local charities.

Tatiana Mattio: Tatiana is a dual citizen of The Bahamas and France. Tatiana is off to France to study biology. She has been a student at LCIS for five years and has completed the IB Diploma. While at LCIS she was an elementary peer supervisor, a valuable member of the Dragons soccer team and a founding member of the Art Club.

Justice von Maur: Justice, an American student, has been studying at LCIS for two years. She has completed the IB Diploma. Justice is the recipient of the prestigious Gordon Scholarship at Wake Forest University where she will study Theater Management. Justice brought her love for the theatre to LCIS by creating the Drama Club, which had its first production, “Princess Pig Face” this year. Justice participated in the Harvard and Bahamas MUN. Justice starred in the movie “Wind Jammers” which was set in The Bahamas.

Nicholas Mindorff: Nicholas is a Canadian and has been at LCIS for four years. He completed the IB Diploma and has received a “Brock Scholar” award to study political science at Brock University in St. Catherine’s, Ontario. Nicholas was Head Boy and a founding member of the LCIS Ecology Club. He was a tutor for both the Stephen Dillet Enrichment and FOCUS programs. He is a member of The Nassau Rowing Club and the second half of the team that competed at the Miami International Regatta. He is a candidate for the GGYA Gold Award. He attended the Harvard, McGill and Bahamas MUN and he was a recipient of the LCIS Faculty award in grade 11.

Jade Mitchell: Jade is a Bahamian student who has attended LCIS for five years. Jade has completed the IB Diploma and is looking forward to studying global business management at St Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Jade has been a member of the Student Council and was a member of the Uganda Community Service trip. She was a founding member of the Art Club and is a talented Junkanoo dancer.

Samantha Wilson: Samantha is a Bahamian student who has been at LCIS for six years. Samantha has completed the IB Diploma and is off to study international relations at the University of Westminster in London. Samantha was the captain for the victorious LCIS Jamaica Football team and a valuable player for the Dragons soccer team. Samantha was a leader for the Stephen Dillet Enrichment program and a two-time member of the Uganda Community Service trip. Samantha was the recipient of the Jenny Guy Community Service award in grade 10.


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