Hard work pays off

Top Girl Daniella Sandiford.
Top Girl Daniella Sandiford.

Graduating students of the Wilkie Cumberbatch Primary School have been warned that the requirements for success at secondary school will be tough.

However, they have also been advised by one of their own that with hard work they can achieve their goals, just as they have done at primary school.

It was all contained in the valedictory speech of Daniella Sandiford, delivered this morning during the graduation ceremony at the Church of the Nazarene at Collymore Rock, St. Michael.

“I am honoured to be this year’s valedictorian to speak on the behalf of the students present here,” she said. “Wilkie Cumberbatch Primary has really done a great job in the development of our primary education.

“We have been inspired and encouraged always to try to do our best with full determination, and never doubting we can achieve our goals.

“To become the top student … was definitely very hard work, but I must say it paid off. In order to have an adequate amount of studying time I had to give up watching television, talking to friends and playing games on the computer.

“It was not easy to give them up because those were the things I loved to do… Through hard work many of the other students and I can say it benefitted us greatly.”

Sandiford then added: “Now we are going on to our secondary journey and we are expected to work as hard as we have worked here at Wilkie. The work will be harder than before but with determination and good discipline we can achieve many more goals.”

Meanwhile, motivational speaker, De Andra Howard, in delivering the feature address, told the students that in order to be successful they must be “children of integrity”, possessing strong moral principles.

“It means that while you are in the classroom you will be honest, when you have a test you will study and prepare for it and not cheat,” Howard said.

“You will not steal your friend’s property because it looks good or because it is something you always wanted. You will respect yourself and your sexuality. Living a life of integrity and obedience to God always has the potential to positively impact others. You might not always see it while you are going through your challenges, but it happens just the same.”

While admonishing the graduates to “shine your light and make a difference”, the guest speaker said: “In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, because right is right even if no one is doing it and wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it. So do the right thing even when no one is looking.” (RRM)

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