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RURAL EXPRESS - Graduates encouraged to be great

Published:Saturday | November 8, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Dr Orville Taylor

Shanique Samuels, Gleaner Writer

MAY PEN, Clarendon:

LOCAL GOVERNMENT minister and member of parliament for South West Clarendon Noel Arscott has urged students to research their career opportunities and choose wisely.

"There are career opportunities that are different, so instead of choosing the traditional professions, use the Internet to research what else is out there and explore the new ones," Arscott said during Foga Road High School's graduation ceremony, held at the school last week Thursday.

He also encouraged graduates to seek to create their own employment and employ other persons where possible.

Guest speaker Dr Orville Taylor, senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work at the University of the West Indies, Mona, said the school is poised for greatness.

"So go forth and be part of the next generation of great people to emerge from this country," said Taylor. He urged the third graduating class of the institution to work hard despite the hurdles in their paths.

Using his personal experiences as a youth as the basis on which he would deliver his presentation, Taylor commented that as a youth, he lived by the mantra 'Reach for the skies: realise your potential', which, coincidentally, is the school's motto. "I was determined to be successful because I knew education was the only way out of poverty."

The Foga Road High School, which is in its seventh year of existence, currently has 1,013 students.