A packed house celebrated students from the eastern districts at the Clifton Hunter High School graduation ceremony last week.
At the ceremony, which took place at the school on Thursday, June 23, 141 students received their diplomas, with 49 graduating with honors.
Deputy Governor Franz Manderson presented awards to students Corey Lyn and Catherine Marika Scotland.
Corey received the Governor’s Award, which is given to a student who has shown significant improvement in all aspects of school life in the past two years. School staff and faculty voted for Corey because of his dedicated efforts in all subjects and his commitment to succeed.
Clifton Hunter’s Head Girl Marika received the first Deputy Governor’s Award, for a student who has demonstrated strong commitment to community service and exemplary leadership within the school community. It includes a cash award and a paid summer internship with the government.
The Save Our Youth Foundation also recognized Marika for her community service.
“We are so proud of this year’s graduating class who are building academic success,” said Clifton Hunter Principal Pauline Beckford.
“Corey and Marika are two very deserving students, each with their own uniqueness. They truly live up to the school’s motto, ‘Only the Best.’ We are delighted they have been recognized in this way.”
Keynote speaker Gloria McField-Nixon, chief officer in the Portfolio of the Civil Service, reminded students that “It is not the most talented that wins the day, but rather the most committed.”
Ms. McField-Nixon highlighted the achievements of Caymanians from different generations, including National Hero Sybil McLaughlin, “Haven” filmmaker Frank E. Flowers, “Empire” actress Grace Gealey and Capt. Harris McCoy, to show young people how others have achieved their dreams through hard work.
She also drew on her own experiences in the civil service, where she said she has been encouraged to challenge the status quo and provide a different perspective.