Another year and another set of young adults are leaving high school to head into the world wide-eyed and eager to begin laying the foundations for the road ahead. Among them are 16 seniors who have graduated from Triple C School in commencement ceremonies that were held on 5 June at the First Baptist Church.
It was a momentous occasion not only for the graduates – eight young men and eight young women – and their families and friends but also for the school, which graduated one of its most committed and driven students. Michaiah Bryan was not only valedictorian and the recipient of the prestigious Creative Christian Character Award, but also earned himself a place in the history books of Triple C by never missing a day of school in his 12 years of attendance. He naturally earned the perfect attendance award.
Triple C’s principal, Marjorie Ebanks, commended Michaiah on his achievements at the school and noted that: ‘Michaiah was always the youngest member of his class as he was moved up a grade from Kindergarten to Grade 1 where he was at the top of his class and remained there for 12 years. His name seemed to be written on the academic and citizenship Honour Roll permanently.’
Mrs. Ebanks added that: ‘there is only one other student that I can recall in the history of Triple C that has won the award for perfect attendance.’
Michaiah was also a participant in the Global Young Leaders Conference in Washington D.C last summer.
The awards and accolades, however, did not begin and end with Mr. Bryan. Shakira Bodden, who graduated as salutatorian and was also ever present on the Academic and Citizenship Honour Roll, won the subject award for business. She also earned the gold cords of excellence award, which is given to students who maintain a 3.5 GPA or above for the entire four years of high school.
Other award winners included Britni Lombardo who won the subject award for math as well as the gold cords of excellence award. Britni was also the recipient of the outstanding senior award after showing great leadership and dedication throughout the year as the Student Council President. Her industrious attitude showed most when she received the first college acceptance and scholarship in the class.
Stephanie Roberts, a reliable member of the school’s Chapel Support Group, earned herself the Creative Christian Character award along with Michaiah Bryan who also earned the gold cords of excellence as well as subject awards in English, Bible and Science. To go along with his numerous awards and accolades he also won the achievement award which was given to him on behalf of Ernst & Young.
Of the 16 graduates, eight are going on to college and of the eight, three will be attending college abroad. Britni Lombardo has received a scholarship to attend Eastern Michigan State University while Michaiah Bryan has been recommended for the United World College Scholarship.
Shakira Bodden, who is planning to pursue a degree in accounting and finance, has been awarded a scholarship from Ernst & Young to follow her dreams.
The rest of the class will look to join the workforce and contribute to the Cayman Islands economy right away.
Guest speaker at the graduation ceremony was Dr. Gerry Gallimore, a veteran of the Youth For Christ Ministry in Jamaica. Dr. Gallimore was the director of YFC for 16 years before becoming the Area Director for YFC International/Americas for six years and President of YFC International for another six years. He is now the Ambassador-at-large for YFC International.
Citing the scripture verse of Phillipians 3:13 during his speech, Dr. Gallimore encouraged graduates to reach forward towards their goals, and move on from their past achievements and current position at the threshold of their lives as adults.
He urged the graduates to recognize those things that can stand in the way of achieving their goals. Such impediments can be bad things, as well as ‘good’ things he noted, using the example of the apostle Paul, who though blessed with knowledge, found himself off course from his calling.
After the tassels were switched over and the anxious moments subsided, the beaming smiles of Triple C’s class of 2006 lit up the church hall and the 16 exited as graduated young adults.