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VG girl Keyonna A. Farrington tops HLSCC

- new & improved initiates credited for the success of the graduating academic period
One of a handful of students who graduated with top honours from the H Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) yesterday June 11, 2015 was Ms Keyonna A. Farrington, who topped the college to take home the President’s Award. Photo: VINO
Keyonna A. Farrington is flanked by Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (left) and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (right). Farrington's parents stand behind her. Photo: VINO
Keyonna A. Farrington is flanked by Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (left) and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (right). Farrington's parents stand behind her. Photo: VINO
Michelle Woodley received the Ernst & Young Accounting Award. Representatives of Ernst and Young Accounting were on spot to present their awards. Photo: VINO
Michelle Woodley received the Ernst & Young Accounting Award. Representatives of Ernst and Young Accounting were on spot to present their awards. Photo: VINO
One of several others who walked away with noteworthy achievements and honour. Photo: VINO
One of several others who walked away with noteworthy achievements and honour. Photo: VINO
One of several others who walked away with noteworthy achievements and honour. Photo: VINO
One of several others who walked away with noteworthy achievements and honour. Photo: VINO
One of several others who walked away with noteworthy achievements and honour. Photo: VINO
One of several others who walked away with noteworthy achievements and honour. Photo: VINO
One of the graduands singing the Territorial Song. Photo: ishootbvi
One of the graduands singing the Territorial Song. Photo: ishootbvi
One of several others who walked away with noteworthy achievements and honour. Photo: VINO
One of several others who walked away with noteworthy achievements and honour. Photo: VINO
One of several others who walked away with noteworthy achievements and honour. Photo: VINO
One of several others who walked away with noteworthy achievements and honour. Photo: VINO
Ms Keyonna A. Farrington receives the President's Award from Dr Bryan Penn. Photo: VINO
Ms Keyonna A. Farrington receives the President's Award from Dr Bryan Penn. Photo: VINO
Some of the graduands. Photo: ishootbvi
Some of the graduands. Photo: ishootbvi
Deputy Governor V. Inez Archibald with Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable D Orlando Smith. Photo: ishootbvi
Deputy Governor V. Inez Archibald with Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable D Orlando Smith. Photo: ishootbvi
A time to celebrate after hard work and sacrifice. Photo: VINO
A time to celebrate after hard work and sacrifice. Photo: VINO
Dr Charles H. Wheatley, OBE, Chairman of the HLSCC Board of Governors and President Emeritus (left) with keynote speaker and Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the BVI Financial Services Commission, Dr Robert A. Mathavious. Photo: ishootbvi
Dr Charles H. Wheatley, OBE, Chairman of the HLSCC Board of Governors and President Emeritus (left) with keynote speaker and Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the BVI Financial Services Commission, Dr Robert A. Mathavious. Photo: ishootbvi
Even lecturers celebrated their success. Photo: VINO
Even lecturers celebrated their success. Photo: VINO
Roses of congratulations. Photo: VINO
Roses of congratulations. Photo: VINO
The procession. Photo: ishootbvi
The procession. Photo: ishootbvi
Two graduates probably in conversation about their experience at the HLSCC! Photo: VINO
Two graduates probably in conversation about their experience at the HLSCC! Photo: VINO
Some spectators who formed part of the celebration yesterday. Photo: VINO
Some spectators who formed part of the celebration yesterday. Photo: VINO
Managing Director of the BVI Financial Services Commission Dr Robert A. Mathavious delivered the keynote address and participated in the procession. Photo: VINO
Managing Director of the BVI Financial Services Commission Dr Robert A. Mathavious delivered the keynote address and participated in the procession. Photo: VINO
Standing are some of the students who graduated with Associate Degrees. Photo: VINO
Standing are some of the students who graduated with Associate Degrees. Photo: VINO
Graduates who received certificates of achievement. Photo: VINO
Graduates who received certificates of achievement. Photo: VINO
Graduands singing 'We are the world'. Photo: VINO
Graduands singing 'We are the world'. Photo: VINO
Standing are some members of the HLSCC Board of Directors. Photo: VINO
Standing are some members of the HLSCC Board of Directors. Photo: VINO
Scene of yesterday's graduation. Photo: ishootbvi
Scene of yesterday's graduation. Photo: ishootbvi
PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI – One of a handful of students who graduated with top honours from the H Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) yesterday June 11, 2015 was Ms Keyonna A. Farrington, who topped the college to take home the President’s Award.

Ms Farrington, who celebrated the joyous moments with her parents, other close family members and relatives, completed an Associate’s Degree in Sciences – Business Administration Summa Cum Laude- with a grade point average of 4.0. The Virgin Gordian achieved the highest cumulative grade point average and was a fulltime student.

149 graduands

This year the class of 2015 consisted of some 135 students who attended the college at the Paraquita Bay campus on Tortola while there were 14 from Virgin Gorda. There was a gender ration of 3:1 females to males. Some 18 students received multiple awards.

Distributed were 22 Certificates of Achievement, 24 Associate’s Degrees in Arts and 121 Associate’s Degrees in Science.

In addition to Ms Farrington, who copped the highest award, several others walked away with noteworthy achievements and honours. They were Larhoney Hill, who received the highest cumulative GPA (part-time student); Joel Mwambungu got Outstanding Performance in General Studies; Shemaine Brewley took the prize for Outstanding Performance in Primary Education; McKay Andrew and Deondra Wisdom collected an ARIFA Book Scholarship; and Michelle Woodley received the Ernst & Young Accounting Award.

Representatives of Ernst and Young Accounting were on spot to present their awards.

Successful beats of HLSCC

Shedding some light on the progress and accomplishments of the college that can be credited for the excellent performance of the students, Acting President of the College Dr Bryan Penn in his address said the College partnered with the BVI Health Services Authority and National Certification Career Association (NCCA) of the USA- to offer health care-related courses.  

He noted that the NCCA is a global certification agency, and academic professional membership association representing competencies in the fields of Allied Healthcare, Rehabilitation, Administrative, Sports/Fitness and Technology.

This year, for the first time, the college offered a Medical Billing and Coding Course, Dialysis Technician Course, and a Medical Administrative Assistance course, and sixteen (16) individuals earned certificates in them collectively.

He said that data from the ‘fall’ of 2014 showed significant improvements in the aggregate academic performance of students-when compared to their aggregate performance of the Spring of 2014

“Forty nine (49) students made the President’s List in the ‘fall’ of 2014, an increase of 57% over the ‘spring’ of 2014. Seventy nine (79) students made the Deans’ List in the ‘fall’ of 2014, an increase of 58% over the ‘spring’ of 2014. Twenty eight (28) students earned perfect 4.0 GPA’s in the ‘fall’ of 2014, an increase of 64% over the ‘spring’ of 2014,” said Dr Penn.

Scholarships to Jackson State University

The Acting President also noted that the College’s Beta Omicron Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International (the BOS Chapter) researched the impact of the invasive plant species Scavola on the Territory’s indigenous Scavola and flora. That work earned the VI Chapter fourteen (14) awards, (9 chapter awards (including the Five Star Award) and 5 individual awards). The Chapter has moved up from 13th to 11th place in Phi Theta Kappa’s international ranking, in a field of 1300 Chapters. Moreover, all student members of the VI Chapter earned full scholarships to Jackson State University in Mississippi USA.

The individuals earning personal awards were: Student- Ms. Diondra Wisdom, who won the Distinguished Chapter Officer Award: (Florida Region). Dr Sauda Smith won the Distinguished Advisor’s Award: (Regional and International-1 of 30), and Mr Richard Georges, won the Continued Excellence Advisor’s Award: (Regional and International). This is the second consecutive year of such great performances and results for HLSCC’s Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International.

Departments joined forces

Additionally, the Business and Computer Studies and Mathematics and Science Departments joined forces to stage the 2015 Computer, Mathematics and Science Fair. The fair, according to Dr Penn, featured many innovative projects by motivated, engaged and higher order thinking students. In many cases the students devised practical solutions to real problems faced by actual local businesses.

There was mention of many other significant beats of the HLSCC that led to yesterday’s proud moments of graduation.

And according to Dr Penn, Looking towards academic year 2015/2016, much work will be done relative to the college’s Strategic Plan, and the Middle States Commission’s Recommendations and Suggestions.

“The philosophical and pedagogical dimensions of our academic enterprise will be revisited for optimal effectiveness, and more programmes will be brought on stream as the growing needs of our students and community demand.”

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