A weekend celebration culminated in the Commencement Exercises for the 26 seniors graduating from the Triple C School.
Starting with an introduction into the Alumni Association on Saturday, 18 June, as they celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the school, and a Baccalaureate Service on 19 June, the high point of their celebration was receiving their diplomas and certificates at the Commencement Exercises on Monday, 6 June, from Acting Governor Donovan Ebanks.
At the Baccalaureate Service the students were reminded by youth pastor Felix Manzanares of four major facts as they face the future.
The crowd of some 600 people was welcomed to the First Baptist Church by Chairman of the Board Mrs. Vanessa Godfrey-Banks for the graduation ceremony, which began as robed faculty, with candles symbolically lighting the way, processed to the front of the church and formed a receiving line.
Cathleen Thompson, graduating with a 4.0 grade point average, delivered the Valedictory address. She encouraged her classmates to do more than is required. Quoting Colossians 3:23 and telling a story, she reminded them to “work as unto the Lord”. Cathleen also received the subject awards for history, English, mathematics and science, sharing the Christian Education Award with Ariana Bain, whose salutatory address expressed similar thoughts.
Both Cathleen and Ariana are anticipating careers as paediatric physicians. Joshua McLaughlin received the subject award for Business Studies.
Subject awards are given in six disciplines to those who have the highest average over a four year period or eight or more credits of the same subject.
Cathleen also received the Ernst and Young Award, presented by Partner Michelle Thompson, for outstanding academic achievement.
Pastor Al Ebanks of the Church of God Chapel, George Town, presented the Creative Christian Character Award to Kenisha Ebanks and Lori-Ann Whittaker. This award is given to students who have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour and who are living out their witness for the Lord both in and out of school. Lori-Ann expressed thanks to her teachers for helping to ground her in her Christian faith.
Kenisha credits the partnership of home and school for her beliefs and witness, which though recognised in the protected environment of school where she spent 14 years, was also seen in the competitive environment of her workplace.
She was also awarded the Outstanding Senior Award, an award that recognises scholarship, leadership, citizenship, loyalty and peer and teacher rapport.
Receiving the Community Service Awards were Ariana Bain and Brandon Minton for their work with the Save Our Youth organisation. Shaun Watler received the Technical/Vocational Award sponsored by CUC and presented by Joey Ebanks. The High School Visuals Arts Award was presented to Ciera Crighton by Mrs. Lyn Husemann, art teacher at Triple C School and member of the National Gallery.
The Rev. Tom French, pastor of the Church of God Chappel in Cotton Tree Bay Cayman Brac, gave the graduating class a relevant and memorable message. Filled with humour and true stories, Pastor French encouraged them to set their goals high, maintain a good attitude, make the best of their circumstances and learn to forgive.
Acting Governor Donovan Ebanks reminded them of the speed of change mostly through technology. He also reminded them that the number of inventions in the next 30 years will surpass all previous years combined and if they are not committed to a life of learning, they will be left behind, as learners will inherit the future.
Principal Mable Richardson gave a glowing report of student achievement in achievement tests and CXC exams and credited some of these results to the new curriculum. Praising staff, she announced that 100 per cent of the faculty will be returning for the new school year.
Triple C School in a statement said, “Triple C is very proud of the Class of 2011 and all that they have accomplished during their individual time at Triple C. At least one third of these students have been together at Triple C School since prekindergarten. This firmly forged connection is not likely to be lost as they pursue their careers and meet the challenges of adulthood.”
Sixty five per cent of the students from the graduating class will be going on to universities locally and in the United States and Canada.
Triple C School has a long and distinguished history of academic excellence in the Cayman Islands. Founded in 1941 as a mission of the Church of God Chapel, the school has grown and changed with the times, as Cayman has moved form the islands that time forgot to a one of the world’s major financial centres. The cental goal, as expressed in the Mission Statement remains: “To provide an internationally competitive education in a Christ-centred environment.