July 4, 2008
Record 218 graduate from GHS

As the tears and pride flowed, teachers, parents and the graduating class of 2008 of the St. Vincent Girls’ High School shared the honour of being at the largest graduation ceremony in the 97-year history of the school.

The record breaking 218 students passing out of the institution was a clear indication of the Education Revolution at work.{{more}}

That was according to Headmistress Andrea Bowman as she informed the overflowing St. George’s Cathedral that the school had, in 2003, increased the number of first forms to accommodate the new arrivals, who on July 1, 2008, became the newest batch of “old girls”.

The students were congratulated for the curricular and extra curricular achievements by Bowman, and were urged to be guided by discipline and determination.

Also congratulating the students was past student, Justice Ianthea Leigertwood-Leigertwood-Octave, who delivered the feature address.

Octave, a judge at the High Court in Nevis, urged the attentive students to, among other things, be humble, remember their roots, to be prepared to rebound after failure and to develop a passion for whatever they choose to pursue.

Her Ladyship reminded the students that they were looked on as the next generation of leadership, and asked them to think as such in their future endevors.

Valedictorian Shanelle Clarke, who received six awards on the day, including prizes for Chemistry, Physics, Spanish, Mathematics and Information Technology, spoke on behalf of the students as she thanked the school faculty for their hard work and dedication.

She reminded the students that their journey has just begun and that they should all aspire to be their best, through hard work and perseverance.

The graduating class of 2008 were students in a record eight form fives; an increase by four classes, and maintained a 90% pass rate over the past five years.