CedarBridge graduates face next ‘level up’
Pupils from CedarBridge Academy were honoured at the end of their high school careers at the school's graduation ceremony yesterday.
Kenneth Caesar, the school's acting principal, said that he was delighted to take part in the ceremony “in the presence of greatness” and added that the class of 2019 was the “essence of CBA excellence”.
Mr Caesar said: “This is a class of leaders, innovators, futuristic thinkers and pioneers.”
He told event attendees that 94 graduates were being honoured.
Mr Caesar said 23 pupils would go to colleges and universities abroad, while 41 would be headed to Bermuda College.
He said that the theme at the school this year had been Level Up — the title of a popular summer song last year. Mr Caesar added: “The Class of 2019 represents students who have levelled up on all levels.”
He highlighted the accomplishments of several pupils in the graduation class, including Kace Wales.
Mr Caesar said the 15-year-old, who completed his education at CedarBridge in three years, instead of the normal four, was a “brother on a mission in life”.
He added: “He will accomplish his goals.”
Kace will attend United World College, in India.
Ethan Fubler, one of two valedictorians, told classmates: “This is our day.”
He said: “Today, we start new journeys. Today, we make new experiences.”
Ethan added that it would not have been possible for the class to navigate the previous four years without the support of their parents, teachers and family members.
He added: “To you, I say thank you. What a journey it has been.”
Ethan told his classmates that they were “ready to impact Bermuda and the world”.
He said: “I charge you today to go out into the community and the world and make a true difference and make our alma mater proud.”
Fellow valedictorian Shani Darrell said the class was filled with “so many gifted individuals, in many different avenues”.
She told the crowd: “The biggest lesson that I have learnt in my time at CBA is that success is not determined by your academic prowess, but by the sheer will and pure exploitation of your talents and opportunities that will bring you to your version of success.”
Daishawnai Richardson, a primary schoolteacher and the guest speaker of the ceremony, told pupils “you are extraordinary”.
The East End Primary School staff member, who graduated from CedarBridge in 2000, told pupils about what it meant to “Level Up” in life.
Ms Richardson said: “If you want to do anything in life, it is imperative to feed your mind with positivity, and develop a growth mindset.
“No one who is successful in life ever got to where they are with a mindset that is stuck and has no room for growth.”
She told the class: “Don't let your current situation determine your final destination.”
Ms Richardson said: “Believe in yourself — your goals, your dreams, because you are the ones carrying the vision, and you are the ones to bring it alive.”