It was a proud day at the St. Joseph’s Academy Thursday as the institution celebrated the achievements of its 2015 graduating class during the annual speech day ceremony.
Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams shared the proud moment with the distribution of the CXC certificates to the forty four graduates of 2015.
Enjoying a record over the years at the CXC exam general level the SJA continued with its achievement in 2015 with Brandon Judnarine attaining passes in twenty-two (22) subjects including twenty-one (21) grade ones and one(1), grade 2.
The top student also clinched all of the special academic awards to include SJA student with most grade ones, SJA Best Humanities Student, SJA Best Business Student, SJA Best Science Student and SJA student with most subjects passed.
Judnarine is also the region’s top CXC CSEC student, a first for Antigua and Barbuda.
Twenty five (25) students of the school were named as CXC Business awardees having attained passes in at least two business subjects with a grade one, as well as passes in Mathematics, English Language and Information Technology.
Under the best student performances award there were three gold awardees – Jonte Barnes who attained passes in ten (10) subjects with seven(7) grade ones, Jabal Benjamin, passes in seventeen (17) subjects with seven(7) grade ones and Brandon Judnarine, passes in twenty-two (22) subjects with 21 grade ones.
The silver award went to Michael Josiah who attained thirteen (13) subjects with six(6) grade ones and Daryl Trellis secured the bronze award having passed twelve (12) subjects with four (4) grade ones.
Seven students of the St. Joseph's Academy also received national recognition certificates from the Ministry of Education for their creditable performance in the CXC CSEC Examinations in 2015.
Director of Education Clare Browne apologized for the absence of Education Minister, the Hon. Michael Browne and joined faculty, family and friends in paying homage to the class of 2015.
Mr. Browne encouraged the young men to be positive thinkers and to live lives that others can emulate. The Director of Education encouraged them to choose their fiends wisely, to be careful in their use of technology, to cultivate a culture of lifelong learning, to seize every opportunity to hold true to their school motto and most importantly to develop a relationship with God.
Minister of Tourism Economic Development, Investments and Energy, Honourable Asot Michael, a past alumnus of the St. Joseph's Academy delivered the feature address.
While commending the school, teachers and principal for building character and effectively preparing students for their journey through life, he admonished the students in the word of the schools motto “Ne Timeas” – to never be afraid to glow and never be afraid to pursue everything in good faith.
Principal Rudolph Davis impressed upon the graduates the need to have the courage and will to appreciate and convey gratitude to all who have played a role in any way that has brought them to this proud moment.
The SJA has been molding the minds and character of the nation’s young men for 58 years under the motto “Building on the Past, Strengthening the Future “Ne Timeas”.