BHS celebrates 40 IB graduates
Bermuda High School celebrated the graduation of 40 International Baccalaureate Programme Students in a ceremony on campus.
Hundreds of family members and well wishers took part in the Senior IB Graduation ceremony, congratulating the students.
JayLynn Hines received the Institute of Chartered Accountants Award as an outstanding student in the areas of academics, leadership, school spirit and community involvement, while Dominique Rawlins received the Deloitte and Touche Prize as an Accounting and Business student who demonstrates outstanding service, integrity, commitment to fellow students and respect for others.
The Ernst & Young Prize for excellence in the areas of respect, teaming and integrity was awarded to Antoinette Webb. Connie Campbell was the recipient of the PWC HeadStart Award of Excellence for her high academic standing and ability to be well-rounded and the Belco Award for Excellence in Mathematics.
The HSBC Recruitment Extraordinary People Award for high academic standing, effort and community service was won by Michelle Botelho.
Guest speaker Margaret Fergusson, wife of Governor George Fergusson, stressed the importance of having the support of family in seeking goals.
And BHS head of school Linda Parker praised the graduates for their talents and initiatives, noting the 14 students who had been nominated for Bermuda’s 2013 Outstanding Teens awards, and the five who had won the awards.
Mrs Parker told the students: “Life is an education, embrace it. Never stop learning throughout your life. There is always more to learn, especially from your mistakes. Be prepared to grasp opportunities as they arise.”
She described the certificates gained by the students while at BHS — I/GCSEs, SATs, and IB — as international currencies which can be spent anywhere in the world.
“Keep them in your wallets and know that they can be pulled out at any time to advance your academic endeavours,” she said.