Twenty-six graduate from Caribbean International Academy

POSTED: 06/12/12 12:40 PM
The valedictorian for the class of 2012 at Caribbean International Academy Pravin Mahbubani is handed an award by the school’s headmaster.

St. Maarten—The class of 2012 with 26 students graduated from the Caribbean International Academy at the school’s auditorium on Monday evening. Even though the students attended an English speaking school several of them have chosen to study in the Netherlands in different disciplines. What was also surprising is that the male students copped most of the prizes, which is not often seen at other schools on St. Maarten.

St. Maarten Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams in congratulating the graduates on their achievements said that their “future looks bright” and at the end of the day it will depend on what decisions they make. She told them that as they enter their post secondary school years with a solid foundation to rely on. She noted that even though the world presents challenges there are numerous opportunities they should just be themselves.

“I see myself as a testimony of a home grown product that has been and still achieving many of my goals and have not reached the end,” Minister of Education Silvera Jacobs said.

The minister hopes to serve as an inspiration and admonished the students that there is no limit to their achievements. She said that they must find time for fun but they must “keep their eyes focused on their goals and hopefully they could return to help in developing the island.”

The keynote speaker Annelies van den Assem, who is the president of the University of St. Martin, spoke of the opportunities that are available in the world. The theme for the graduation was “lifelong learning” which is one of the important principals of the Caribbean International Academy, van den Assem said. She told them that they are very privileged since Caribbean International Academy is permitted to promote caring, academic excellence, personal growth and a love for learning.

The university president mentioned that they have reached a milestone in their journey in education and that Monday’s graduation forms the basis of their launch to higher education. She told them that as they stand on the threshold of a new phase of their lives they will be eagerly anticipating the future. She said that the students will question themselves, how will they find their way? She broke this down to two important secrets and told them to take it to heart for the rest of their lives. She mentioned that each being is unique in its own way. It was further explained that when they were growing up they had their dreams and now it is important to live those dreams.

The valedictorian for the class of 2012 Pravin Mahbubani described his time at the school as fun and very enjoyable. He mentioned in jest that their concerns were: “When will all the home work end and when would they get their diploma?” He congratulated his classmates on their achievements and commended their parents for guiding them during the last four years. He expressed his gratitude to the teachers and the principal and commended them for shaping them in what they are today.

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