Golden Eagles told to spread their wings and fly
Published: Jun 26, 2013
L.W. Young Junior School head boy, Akeive Burrows, is St. Andrew’s School bound having received a full four-year scholarship to the private institution.
Akeive led the way in accomplishments among his peers at their recent graduation service. He was named the school’s salutatorian, as he graduated with a 3.80 grade point average. He was also named the most distinguished student by virtue of his involvement with The Builder’s Club, the Bahamas Red Cross Link, and his participation on the school’s track team.
Akeive was just one of more than 200 students that participated in the school’s commencement exercise held under the theme “Make your Impossibilities Possible”. It was a theme school officials said spoke to the spirit of the graduating class as students overcome debilitating illnesses and hospital stays, academic challenges, social influences and the loss of two members during their eighth grade year to juvenile cancer.
School head girl and valedictorian, Maraisha Thompson, who was voted most likely to succeed and who received multiple awards, spoke to her peers on diligence in achieving the impossible. During her time at the school, Maraisha was a member of the Red Cross, Junior Achievement and The Builder’s Club
Of the graduating class, school principal, Janet Nixon said 72 students were in the honor society and the students collectively had 13 “A” grades in the 2012 Bahamas Junior Certificate (BJC) examination for Social Studies and 11 “A” grades in Mathematics. The Performing Arts Department had also produced a band which placed first in the Junkanoo category of the E. Clement Bethel National Arts competition and a dance troupe which has performed for a number of national events including the opening of CARIFTA and the opening of the new Thomas A. Robinson Stadium.
Ministry of Education, Science and Technology district superintendent for the northeastern district, Dressler Sherman encouraged the students to leave their junior school years behind and to move ahead confidently in the direction of success. She also advised them to remain disciplined and told them that discipline was the difference between success and failure.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fred Mitchell, challenged the graduates to continue to excel despite the changing global and economic climate.
L.W. Young School’s commencement exercise was held at Loyola Hall on Gladstone Road and was attended by more than 1,000 parents and guests, the largest turnout in school history, according to school officials.