Nassau, Bahamas – Three young men of the Class of 2014 of Temple Christian High School, Daniel Jagessar, Terrance Arnold and Cameron Johnson captured top honours at the graduation ceremony. Head Boy, Daniel Jagessar emerged as the Class Valedictorian and received the Principal’s Award. He obtained first place prizes for Mathematics, English Language, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Religious Studies and Spanish and the second place prize for Graphical Communication.
Daniel also received the Most Outstanding Student Award for Mathematics, the BTC General Manager’s Award and a four-year scholarship from BEC to attend The College of The Bahamas all from participating in the Technical Cadet Corps Programme. Terrance Arnold, Deputy Head Boy captured the Salutatorian Award. He received first place prizes for Graphical Communication and Physical Education and second place prizes for Mathematics and Physics. Terrance was given the Spirit Award for Soccer and Track and Field.
Cameron Johnson graduated in third place in the Class of 2014. He obtained first place prizes in Literature and Art and Design and the second place prize for English Language. Cameron received Honourable Mention from Savannah College of Art and Design for his comic book entered in the college’s art competition.
Under the theme, “Christ is our Compass for the Future”, the Deputy Director of Education with responsibility for Planning and Development, Mr. Marcellus Taylor gave the keynote address on behalf of the Honourable Jerome Fitzgerald, Minister of Education, Science and Technology at the graduation ceremony. Mr. Taylor reminded the graduates that to succeed they would need to have a sense of personal direction.
“In order to have the results you desire in the future, you must commit yourselves to embracing the necessary attributes and skills that will keep you engaged like the magnetised needle in a compass that automatically swings to magnetic north”, he said.
Deputy Director Taylor informed the 2014 graduates that employers are looking for candidates who stand out from the crowd. He told them that employers want employees who are qualified for the job. Mr. Taylor said, “Your compass for the future should point you in the direction of acquiring the college degree and or training that you will need to secure the career that you desire”.
Mr. Taylor also stated that employers want to hire persons who possess good work ethics. “Punctuality, high attendance and good moral character are among the top criteria that capture the attention of employers”, he said. Mr. Taylor pointed out that employers are interested in team players who exhibit flexibility and adaptability. He told the students to allow their compass for the future to point them in the direction to evolve into lifelong learners. The Deputy Director of Education encouraged the graduates to commit to a future of following a compass that will guide them to ultimate satisfaction, which involves positive accomplishments.