St. Jago tells PWAS graduates: “Continue striving and setting goals”

POSTED: 06/27/12 12:35 PM

ST. PETERS – Section Head Security Guards at the Princess Juliana International Airport Operating Company (PJIAE) Elsidro St. Jago, delivered the keynote address to some 18 graduates of the Prince Willem Alexander School (PWAS) on Friday. The theme of the graduation ceremony was “We will learn, grow and make the whole world proud”. St. Jago explained to students how he did the same with his life.
When, as corporate citizen, Princess Juliana International Airport adopted the special learning institution a few months ago, little did management know that St. Jago spent his early years at the school. He says that education influenced his climb up the company ladder.
The newly appointed Section Head of Security Guards at St. Maarten’s international airport recounted his first day at the school to the eagerly listening students, teachers and administrators, parents, and invited guests, which included PJIAE officials. He said his “first day was hard and he sat in a corner and cried for weeks.” He then disclosed how he “decided to stop waiting for others to make changes” in his life and “decided to make changes” on his own.
St. Jago spent four out of the seven required years at Prince Willem Alexander School, which at that time was called John Larmonie Primary School. He went on to attend the Milton Peters College (MPC). He then received study financing to attend the Dean Institute of Technology in Pittsburg, USA, and obtained an Associate Degree in Architectural Drafting Engineering.
On returning to St. Maarten fresh out of college, St. Jago said he found that all of the companies that he contacted for employment wanted “experience.” He told the students that he did not give up and eventually “found a job with Windward Islands Airways International NV (Winair) for just over two years and a half.” Thereafter, from 1995 until August 2011, he spent 17 years in the Fire Department, with the latter years as a supervisor at Princess Juliana International Airport.
In 2011, St. Jago, who is always on the lookout for a change in his life, answered an internal job vacancy at the airport security department and after going through the required process for the position, he was appointed Section Head of Security Guards.
St. Jago attempted to inspire the school leavers with his story with the hope that they “see the end of their school life as the beginning of a new road to success” and continue striving and setting goals for themselves as they go forward.”
The graduation ceremony also consisted of song and dance performances by the popular dance school Imbali. During a tearful part of the ceremony, teachers spoke of their experiences during the school year and students bid farewell to their classmates. Along with their diplomas, graduates also received special awards for consistent attendance, home economics, mathematics, and reading.

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