Graduates encouraged to have a plan

Eight
graduates of the Alternative Education Centre in George Town were encouraged by
educators and government officials on 17 June to keep moving upward, have a
plan and dream big in order to be successful.

Graduates
Javon Burke, Geovanni Carter, Leshawn Forrester, Janelle Foster, Christopher
Jackson, Tenisha Reynolds, Durvey Rivers and Alexander Smiley received awards
and diplomas in external exams from Education Minister Rolston Anglin and Learning
Community leader Herbert Crawford in ceremonies at the Elmslie Memorial United
Church.

Janelle
Foster was named most outstanding all-around student. Jason Burke received an
outstanding record on work experience and a special award from the Cayman
National Drug Council for choosing a healthy lifestyle.

Encouraging
the graduates to believe in themselves regardless of the past, Mr. Anglin said
it is also crucial for the community to help these young people to reach their
full potential.

“There
are many opportunities for further training,” Mr. Anglin said. “Whilst the
world is not an easy or friendly place, it is for those willing to risk
believing in themselves and moving on positively that you succeed.”

“Remember,”
he said, “success should never be determined for you by any external resources.
Success should be gained and developed and to see for yourselves how each will
grasp what the Cayman Islands has to offer.”

To
the parents, Mr. Anglin said, “Keep the faith, and encourage your children so
they can move forward to captivate what Cayman has to offer.

The
graduates also made special presentations to mentors and work-experience
partners who helped the way for them to enter the work field.

Alternative
educators praised the graduates, all of whom completed a work- experience
programme, with some gaining full employment.

Corinne
Glasgow, managing director of the Cayman Islands Civil Service Association
Cooperative Credit Union, told the graduates they were special and that God had
a purpose for each and every one of them.

“It
is for you to discover God’s plan for your lives,” she said. “Make wise choices
to make meaningful contributions to the society. It is not so much that you had
challenges in the past but the choices you will make.

“Be the best at
whatever you choose and have a plan. If you have no plan, you plan to fail.
Keep believing, dream big, make a plan, and you are well on your way to
success.”

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Alternative Education Centre 2010 graduating class.
Photo: Jewel Levy