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Morant Bay High graduands urged to break the chain

Published:Thursday | October 1, 2015 | 10:00 AMShanna Monteith

MORANT BAY, St Thomas:

The Latin words Carpe Diem which translates to seize the opportunity (day) stands firmly as the motto of the 54-year-old institution, Morant Bay High School.

The Methodist school recently celebrated its graduation ceremony, which saw more than 100 graduands making the march of victory.

In order to graduate, students must have passed five or more of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) subjects. Eighty-two per cent of the school's fifth form students secured their places on the graduation list this year.

The principal's report which was delivered by Lorveen Bell-Coates, the acting principal, boasted the school's achievements in the recently released Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations and CSEC results. Not only did the report highlight the institution's academic prowess, but Morant Bay High School has also done well in sports.

Valedictorian Carean Mayne spoke of their journey from first form to their final moments of classes.

Guest speaker Dr Wayne Henry, addressed the graduands under the theme 'Breaking Chains, Choosing to Stand', he noted that "good isn't good enough when there's the possibility of excellence",. As such, he outlined four chains that needed to be broken.

The first hurdle that needed to be conquered according to Henry, is that of mediocrity. Instead, the speaker encouraged that the graduates choose excellence.

"We need to break the chains of low self-esteem, instead choose purpose. Break the chains of fear, choose to pursue and persevere," said Henry.

He added: "And finally, we break the chain of immorality and corruption, choose righteousness and integrity."

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