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ESHS Class of 2012 receives blessing [Photoslide included]

- Pastor Rathanum advises congregation to treasure life
Graduates of ESHS 2012 at the New Life Baptist Church for their valedictory service. Photo: Javon Liburd/ VINO
Pastor Rathanum encourages students to treasure life and give thanks to their creator, God. Photo: Javon Liburd/ VINO
Pastor Rathanum encourages students to treasure life and give thanks to their creator, God. Photo: Javon Liburd/ VINO
DUFFS BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - The importance of God in one’s life is a recipe for success. It is normally said that to reach and exceed your potential in anything you do, one has to believe in a higher power, where there is faith, love, understanding, guidance, knowledge and discipline.

Members of the 2012 graduating class of the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS), the 2002 and 1992 graduating class of then BVI High School, Ministers of Governments, parents, guardians and friends all gathered at the New Life Baptist Church in Duffs Bottom, where the 2012 graduates received prayer and blessing for all their future endeavors and choices.

The class of 2012 Valedictory service was held yesterday June 24, 2012.

Under the theme ‘Prepared for life with God my guide’, the students rendered different performances in song and dance giving the almighty praise and thanking him for the past, present and what is to come in the future.

Amongst all the performances, the ESHS Choir was a must see, where students of the graduating class and present students, delivered an awesome performance which resulted in the audience on their feet clapping, rejoicing and being reverent unto God.

The message that was delivered by Pastor Frankie Rathanum of Tower of Faith Church in East End, spoke about life and how it is often neglected.

The Guyanese Pastor and Belonger, who has been in Tortola for the last 25 years, told the audience that it is sad that the people of the world often think about everything else and forget the most important thing, which is life. He encouraged them to treasure life and give thanks and praises to the one who provided it.

In quoting Psalms 91 verse 16 he read, "with a long life I will satisfy him and let him see my salvation."

The event concluded with a prayer for the graduates by Pastor Rathanum and other renditions coming from the graduating class and school choir.

Meanwhile, the ESHS graduation ceremony will take place on June 28, 2012 at the Multipurpose Sports Complex.

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5 Responses to “ESHS Class of 2012 receives blessing [Photoslide included]”

  • ------------------------- (25/06/2012, 09:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Jah bless all the graduates
  • Congrats (25/06/2012, 09:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Beautiful ceremony. That poem was Ms DeCastro was awesome, the singing by the choir and that motivational message from Pastor Rathanam! As a parent I probably enjoyed it more than some of the graduates who I saw were obviously bored and couldnt wait for the service to finish...lol..
  • Shake UP Needed! (25/06/2012, 11:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Whoever is resposible for Organizing this event needs to get a shake up. If the LOGISTICS were well thought out the Organizer would have foreseen the VENUE was unable to ACCOMODATE the EVENT. It is obvious the PLANNING, ORGANIZING and EXECUTING of the EVENT was not Well done. Who selected the Chairman/Moderator? Why were the students reading from IPADS and not the actual BIBLE. TOO Many FLAWS. It did not LOOK GOOD!
    • Oh Please (25/06/2012, 20:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Get with the programme, Ipads are used in this era. It has on many translations.
    • Minnie (26/06/2012, 09:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      To Shake up Needed, I totally agree with the first part of your comment, 100%. Event Planning requires a thorough needs assessment to be done. At this event it was clearly not the case; the venue was clearly not suited for the event as there were insufficient seats for graduating students for whom the event was organized. The door had to be left open due to the large crowd who were left outside peering through to get a glimpse and as a result the atmosphere was not as comfortable as it could have been. Poor organizing to say the least, but believe it or not technology has taken us leaps and bounds in terms of tools used to access information - the IPad being one of the modern age tools. The Bible which is easily accessible together with definitions, explanations, etc. remains unmatched with a printed version. It does not make the digested word any less applicable, so I say, Read on Children, this is your age, this is your tool, read your bible by whatever means necessary.


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