Queen’s Young Leader and Productivity Ambassador Tevin Shepherd Addresses Students of Corinth Secondary School
An enchanted silence filled the auditorium when the sea of over 100 students clad in their blue and grey gowns descended upon a crowd of proud family, friends, teachers and supporters at the 26th Graduation Exercise of the Corinth Secondary School.
It was evident from the start of the proceedings that it was going to be an extraordinary evening and the students and faculty did not disappoint in their delivery.
Every part of the evening’s programme from the students’ performance of the song “I Know Who I Am” by Sinach to the Feature Address by Mr. Armstrong Alexis, past student of the Corinth Secondary School, echoed the theme for this year’s graduation “I am not a product of my circumstances, I am a product of my decisions.”
Following the address by the Principal, Mr. Willard Andrew (an account of the academic year 2015-2016); Mr. Alexis who is currently the Deputy Resident Representative at UNDP gave a heartfelt account of his experiences as a young man growing up in the community of Gros-Islet and his journey at the former Corinth Junior Secondary School. In closing , Mr. Alexis encouraged the students not to allow any obstacles to come between them and their dreams.
The programme continued with many displays of the raw and diverse talent of the Corinth Secondary School students. Each performance further highlighted the message that each student had to play an active role owners of their own destiny and not mere participants.
The evening came to an end on a very high note with a charismatic speech by Productivity Ambassador, 23 year old Tevin Shepherd, recent recipient of the Queen’s Young Leader Award and 2nd Vice President of the Saint Lucia National Youth Council. Mr. Shepherd captivated the students and other guests with the story of his very humble beginnings, growing up in Canaries and attending the Soufriere Comprehensive School. He spoke of the adversities he faced along the way and how although he could have called it quits at any point, but by making a firm decision to change his story, he went on to have so many opportunities and experiences that many his age have only dreamed of.
Tevin is the perfect of example of what happens when a young person decides to defy the odds. What is even more inspiring about this young man is the commitment he has made to help other young people like himself to realise their full potential and achieve their dreams.
Look out for more excerpts from the 2016 NCPC Schools’ Graduation Tour.