Graduation 2015: You are Jamaica's Hope
Trisha Williams-Singh, senior corporate relations manager at Digicel addressed last Thursday's graduation class at Stacey Ville All-Age School in Clarendon. Describing them as Jamaica's Hope, she said that each boy and girl present was a potential lawyer, doctor, educator, astrophysicist, rocket scientist, entrepreneur, company executive, or prime minister.
"Today, you are closing one chapter of your young, promising lives and starting another. On those blank pages in the book of your life, you will write your own story. I hope it will be a story of success, of triumph and a story of hope. It is true that you can achieve anything you set out to achieve, but it first starts with hoping for it.
I know that graduating and moving on to high school may seem like a big step and you might be feeling a bit nervous, but your parents, friends, family, and teachers see in you their hope for a better Jamaica. Such a responsibility might seem a little frightening, but all these special people in your lives have invested their time, money, sweat, and tears into developing the hope that you are feeling inside today.
Your teachers have invested by inspiring you, and pushing you to learn and reach for greatness. Your parents have invested by making sure that you stay on track, and get your homework done. They have nurtured you to get to this point in your young lives.
"I can assure you that you could have the most dedicated teachers, most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world but without hope, none of that matters unless all of you also have the hope for yourselves and work towards achieving your goals.
Williams-Singh told the students that as they moved on to high school, they should take the responsibility to invest in their education and realise that each of them have something that they were good at doing and which they can contribute to the development of Jamaica.
"The onus is on you to discover what that is. Hope for it, think about it, dream about it and make it your reality." She urged the parents, teachers, and community to continue to support the children as they worked towards realising these hopes and dreams.
"Start small but begin by paying attention to the new subjects you will be learning in high school," she said. But, she cautioned that hope alone would not work, they had to begin by doing homework and studying to passing all their CXC exams in five years as they moved towards their future ambitions.