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Small but 'unique' batch of BFEC 12th Grade students graduates

Members of the Bregado Flax Educational Centre (BFEC), Secondary Division, graduating class of 2017. Photo: VINO
Proud alumni of the Bregado Flax Educational Centre (BFEC). Photo: VINO
Proud alumni of the Bregado Flax Educational Centre (BFEC). Photo: VINO
Ms J’Sally Oneil, Salutatorian, noted that her class is 'unique in various ways.' Photo: VINO
Ms J’Sally Oneil, Salutatorian, noted that her class is 'unique in various ways.' Photo: VINO
Ms Glenda I. A. Stevens, Principal of the Bregado Flax Educational Centre (BFEC), expressed that her two years as principal was challenging, but admitted there were some 'moments of pure bliss.' Photo: VINO
Ms Glenda I. A. Stevens, Principal of the Bregado Flax Educational Centre (BFEC), expressed that her two years as principal was challenging, but admitted there were some 'moments of pure bliss.' Photo: VINO
Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) urged the Class of 2017 to lend their fresh knowledge in helping the Territory to become a better place. Photo: VINO
Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) urged the Class of 2017 to lend their fresh knowledge in helping the Territory to become a better place. Photo: VINO
Pastor Gleason Brooks, keynote speaker, explained to the graduating class that what they have endured in high school, is nothing compared to what you will face when they are actually in race. Photo: VINO
Pastor Gleason Brooks, keynote speaker, explained to the graduating class that what they have endured in high school, is nothing compared to what you will face when they are actually in race. Photo: VINO
Minister for Education and Culture, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL) speaking at the Bregado Flax Educational Centre's Graduation Ceremony on June 29, 2017. Photo: VINO
Minister for Education and Culture, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL) speaking at the Bregado Flax Educational Centre's Graduation Ceremony on June 29, 2017. Photo: VINO
The Bregado Flax Educational Centre (BFEC) graduating Class of 2017. Photo:VINO
The Bregado Flax Educational Centre (BFEC) graduating Class of 2017. Photo:VINO
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI - Ms J’Sally Oneil, Salutatorian, took her fellow graduates on a trip down memory lane during her welcoming remarks at the Bregado Flax Educational Centre (BFEC) graduation ceremony. This was held on June 29, 2017 at the Catholic Community Centre in Virgin Gorda.

While the graduating class is small in number, Ms Oneil noted that her class is “unique in various ways.” The graduating class consists of junior tourism ministers, pageant queens, rising track stars, debaters and skilled athletes.

The Bregado Flax Educational Centre (BFEC) Secondary Division graduated 29 senior students. Out of the 29 students, 3 students secured placements in the top ten academic list of the Territory: J’Nique Williams, Valedictorian was 3rd place; J’Sally O’Neil, Salutatorian placed 8th; and Anika Christopher, honour student was 9th place.

‘You’ve only just begun to live’

Ms Glenda I. A. Stevens, Principal of BFEC, who is proceeding on retirement leave this year, expressed that her two years as principal was challenging, but admitted there were some “moments of pure bliss.”

“You’ve only just begun to live. Which road will you choose? Where do you see yourself in the next five years? Today you decide your future. You have the power to shape your destiny. Adapt an ‘I can do it’ because ‘I deserve it’ mentality. Even if the naysayers say you can’t, prove them wrong. The power is within you to become great,” said Ms Stevens.

She continued, “Let us all reject the Burger King mentality, where everyone wants to have it their way… In life, it does not work that way.”

Premier, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) urged the Class of 2017 to lend their fresh knowledge in helping the Territory to become a better place:

“The market is ripe for professionals of different areas of expertise to share their knowledge, and as such, we need your vision, innovative thinking, passion and energies to help take the territory to the next level.”

‘You have been preparing for the journey that is life’

Pastor Gleason Brooks, keynote speaker, is a senior pastor at the Church of God-Holiness in Virgin Gorda. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion Pastoral Ministry from the then, Kansas City College and Bible School, now known as Kansas Christian College (KCC).

During his words of inspiration, he said, “You have been preparing for the journey that is life. However, what you have endured is nothing compared to what you will face when you are in the actual race. God has created you for great things and the end of high school is not the final finish line,” remarked Pastor Brooks.

Sharing similar sentiments was Minister for Education and Culture, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL),who added that the academic journey gave the graduates an opportunity to grow and learn and this will assist in preparing them to become better citizens of the world.

8 Responses to “Small but 'unique' batch of BFEC 12th Grade students graduates”

  • parent (30/06/2017, 14:58) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    Kudos to all the graduates!!! so sad you had to endure that extra useless year
    • Cheezestandsalone (30/06/2017, 18:52) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
      You can't be a parent talking piss. Get with the vision of the Education Department. If England had sent it down you would have been bowing -- set of visionless people.
  • Sick Of It (30/06/2017, 15:43) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Such a shame these events are being used by ndp to campaign
    • @ sick of it (30/06/2017, 22:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Even with apologies and promises to never do it again, I promise you these men will continue to abuse these graduation ceremonies with their cheap political shots
  • Another Parent (30/06/2017, 15:50) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats to all of you. It was not easy but you show that determination and hard work is a great thing. As each and everyone of you continue on your journey, I wish and hope for the best for each and everyone of you. Stay positive and never give up.
  • campaigning at graduations (30/06/2017, 22:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    How many years does it take for these NDPs to learn that this behavior is unwelcome, disgusting and repugnant?

    congratulations to the Class of 2017
  • too much politics (01/07/2017, 08:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    so who will be the new hand pick Principal?


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