VIBES ACES Class of 2019


School education is important, no one can deny it! Many view it as tidious, some frustrating, and others heartbreaking. The Walls of Aquinas College have watched us mature and flourish despite our many trials and tribulations. We soon found out that these experiences were to prepare us for the next step.

When we entered 7th grade, our hearts beat with excitement and terror. The experience was one many of us were not used to. Faced with the scary task of making new friends, adapting study schedules and always aiming to please those around us. These decisions which contributed to our confidence and urge to preserver. Many made and lost friends, truly getting a taste of what high school life would feel like.

Our metamorphosis throughout the years was profound as we all experienced changes in our attitudes, struggled to maintain our grades but preserved none the less. Through the losses and gains we gained knowledge and experience that have no doubt helped in our development.

As we enter this final chapter, this last matriculation from high school to the real world, we are all faced with a mix of emotions. Some are more motivated then they have ever been, others are afraid of failure, but everyone feels stressed during some point in this process. Our aim; to study hard to create a future for ourselves and make it out on top have most times left us restless and wary. Sometimes it can feel like we are going down the wrong path, however,graduation was a hurdle we expected to have to jump.

All in all, our high school journey at Aquinas has not only provided with a plethora of opportunities but has provided intangible benefits such as a strong spiritual foundation, a sense of self-awareness and acted as the growing grounds for friendships we hope to be life-long.

by: Aretha McDonald (HEAD GIRL- Class of 2019)


Archbishop Patrick C. Pinder, S.T.D., C.M.G.
Archbishop, Archdiocese of Nassau

Dear Graduates of the Class of 2019!

I extend warm congratulations to you on the occasion on your graduation and the completion of your studies at Aquinas College. I trust that the past six years have been enjoyable, enlightening and challenging for you.

Your class came to Aquinas College during a time when the dissemination of information and the advances in technology are moving at incredible speed. Some note that we are in a time of information overload. However proper use of information and technology can provide many opportunities. A classic case of this is the installation of the nephelometer on your campus which is used to determine the air quality of the area. A weather station is also the feature of your campus. This fact has brought your school and local professionals together and allowed a number of eager students to be exposed to the dynamic career in meteorology. Such is the impact of technology and information.

Your high school experience has been a well-rounded one, and your theme: “Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” urges you to do something meaningful in your life. Aquinas College has provided you a very solid educational foundation, so allow your theme to guide your future as it has your past.

I also wish to extend sincere congratulations on this occasion to the Administrators, Faculty and Staff, on this 9th Commencement Exercises at the Gladstone Road campus of Aquinas College. Time goes by quickly. Your achievements thus far are well-documented and well-received on campus, in the community and abroad. I wish you continued success.

Congratulations, once again to you Class of 2019. May God bless you and your future endeavors.

Mr. Jason Dodge
Development Committee Chair

It is always a pleasure to address the graduating class of this great institution.

I implore you to embrace the future, dream big and work hard. Just remember to keep your eyes focused on the Lord and allow Him to lead you to a life of service. Be humble enough to realize that you still have a lot to learn. Always be accountable and to take responsibility for your actions.

Surround yourself with individuals who will be positive influences but, trust yourself to create your own destiny, before someone else does. Set a plan for yourself, because “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

On behalf of the members of the Aquinas College Development Committee, I congratulate you and wish you every success in the future. Remember to keep Christ at the center of your lives and maintain the highest characters of goodness, discipline and knowledge in homage to your Alma Mater.

God Bless each and every one of you.

Mrs. Claudette A. Rolle
Director of Catholic Education

It is a great pleasure and privilege for me to extend my congratulations to you on the successful completion of your formation at Aquinas College.

"Many Parts, One Body" - These words taken from 1 Corinthians 12: 12-31 formed formed the basis of our theme for CBOE schools throughout The Bahamas for the past three years. The theme was chosen to highlight the uniqueness of each school within our system. It also emphasises the value of every member of our school community and demonstrates how each individual, using the gifts God has given, contributes to the rich legacy of Catholic Education in the Bahamas.

As you graduate from high school and transition to the next phase of your life, I encourage you to stay connected to the foundation that got you this far: parents, friends, teachers and your school. During tough times they will help you remember where you came from.

New opportunities you so you must prepare yourself to embrace them by using your God-given gifts and talents! To whom much is given, much is expected. Serve as a role model for your peers and continue to grow in the understanding that regardless of race, social status or physical structure , you are valued member of the Body of Christ who must work with others for the common good of all.

Again, I congratulate you on your accomplishments and thank you for enriching our school system with your exceptional and unique talents.

Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.

God bless you always!

Mrs. Shona Moss-Knowles

Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” This powerful 2019 Catholic Schools theme embraces and solidifies the core values of Catholic education! You are indeed privileged as your educational journey in Aquinas College not only introduced you to a holistic approach to teaching; but more importantly, immersed you in a Catholic culture which equipped you with the necessary tools to become future servant leaders, faith-filled disciples and enriched citizens in our global communities.

As a school community where learning is priority and Excellence is our Habit, we have much to celebrate. This year 99 % of you will graduate with five or more BGCSE. You have been active participants in education. Many of you have availed your selves of the opportunities to participate in debate, speech, essay, art, science, video, sports and music competitions. Many in this class have accepted the academic challenge of advanced classes and will sit the SAT 11 Math, Spanish, Biology, Physics and Chemistry. Others of you will sit AP English, AP Calculus, AP Art Studio 2D Drawing and for the first time AP Art Studio 3D Craft.

Seniors you have been taught what it means to serve others. Every member of your class has completed twenty-five hours of community service at our various Catholic parishes and schools. You have graciously rendered assistance with the preparation and or distribution of food in their soup kitchen or at their annual fair and steak out. In addition, many of you are members of service organizations, such as UNESCO- Eco Club, Red Cross, Key Club and Zonta Club. You have also made generous and much needed contributions to the Red Cross, Cancer Society, The Sister Sister Cancer Group, The Robert Gilmore School for the Blind, The AIDS Camp, Our Lady’s and St. Joseph’s Soup Kitchens. I thank you for giving your time and talent. Your unselfish gesture is a realistic expression of servant leadership. To your joy, you will discover that in all these ways and more, God used you to deposit an eternal measure of His love into many needy hearts.

In order to lead one must be willing to serve. I take this opportunity to commend our student leaders who led by example and made their presence felt. Thank you to Aretha McDonald, Azia McKenzie, Micah McIntosh and Trevon Smith for being leaders of this dynamic student body and for being good servant leaders. I also acknowledge Koen Dean, Trevon Smith, Jamaal Johnson, Jerome Scott and Janelle Freckleton for seeing the need and introducing the following innovative clubs on campus this academic year: the Environmental Recycling “Cans for Kids” Club, the Junior arm of the Mentoring Program to assist 7th grade boys to adjust better in high school and The Air Quality/Weather Club.

Success is the true reward of dedication, hard work and determination. You have indeed succeeded! Your graduating class is academically sound as 99% will graduate with two diplomas: a diploma from Aquinas College having earned a cumulative GPA of 2.3 and above and 100% of you will receive the Ministry of Education’s National Diploma. Success is indeed yours are as 95% of you have been accepted to and will attend the University of the Bahamas or colleges/universities in the United States and Canada. Scholarship funding has also been secured by 80% of the members in this class.

Class of 2019, you have now come to the end of your Catholic school sojourn at Aquinas College. Your enriched educational experience has inculcated Goodness, Discipline and Knowledge into your very being. With “Veritas” as your mantra, I encourage you to venture forth on your new journey embodied with the eight characteristics of a Catholic School Graduate. Finally, I beseech you to remain lifelong learners, servant leaders, faith- filled disciples and positive global citizens.

We love you and may God continue to bless, guide and protect you.

Ms. June Hutcheson
Guidance Counselor

Aces 2019: IT IS YOUR TIME

To this point you have been fortunate enough to have had people who love you and who have provided: shoulders for you to stand on, eyes to help you see beyond the now, arms to shield, comfort and protect you, mouths that scold to correct, to pray with and praise you and legs carry you when you could not go on or did not know where to go. These parts were not all from a single person nor at the same time; rather, it has been your journey over 16, 17, or 18 years. You were carried as a baby, you crawled as a toddler and you walked within boundaries as a teen.

Now you walk toward the stars of endless possibilities to create your best self. Class of 2019, IT IS YOUR TIME; It is your time to see who“YOU”really are. What life lessons have you internalized? What values do you hold true? Whom will you choose to be your mentor? Will someone see Goodness, Discipline and Knowledge embodied in you? As you transition to the next phase, though perhaps it is somewhat scary, what “vibe” do you bring?

As you graduate from high school and transition to the next phase of your life, I encourage you to stay connected to the foundation that got you this far: parents, friends, teachers and your school. During tough times they will help you remember where you came from.

Go forward boldly to be your best self. You will make mistakes; just do not continue to make the same ones. You will have doubts; surround yourself with people who bring life to you so that you can grow, learn and love: Walk closely with your heavenly Father as temptation is at every corner: Knowledge is not only found in a textbook, at college or used to make money. The quest for knowledge is something to gain in an effort to share in building a better community, country and world. Seek to understand “why” and then determine where and how you can use it to make a difference in your corner.

You are Aces 2019, individually and as a class. Be wise. Be brave. Be Grateful. Be True.

Congratulations to each one of you. Go with God to make a Difference in the World.

Sra. Denise Ali-Gibson
Homeroom Adviser - Grade 12.T

Before you ever came into being, God called your name. He formed you with love and intricately designed part of who you would become. You truly are made "in an amazing and wonderful way".  Psalm 139:14

Your journey on this path is not by coincidence. You are here because God looked out over all of history and chose you for a particular time and purpose. You could have entered the world a hundred years ago or a thousand years from now.

You are in this generation, this time, and there will never be another you or another opportunity to do what only you are chosen to complete. So go out there in boldness knowing that you do not have to be like anyone else. You do not have to do what any other person has done. You are chosen for ONE life — YOURS.

And the wonderful news? Whatever God chooses for you to do, he will equip you.

Being chosen means you will be given all you need. Being chosen means that success is simply obedience and trusting God will do the rest. Being chosen means that you have a great big God as your partner every step of the way.


A mis 45 estudiantes de español ¡GUAU!

Una clase bien grande y trabajadora

Hoy es un gran día para ustedes

Porque avanzas un paso más

En esta escalera que es la vida.


Ms. Carolyn Johnson
Homeroom Adviser - Grade 12.O

As you graduate today, you close the doors to the past, open doors to the future, take a deep breath, step on through and start a new chapter in your life.

With every book that we open, we embark on an adventure with many highs and lows. Sometimes the scenes bring us joy, happiness, peace of mind and other times it causes to pause and reflect on the lessons we may have learned from reading the story.

As you close this book which signifies the end of your high school journey, take a moment to express gratitude to almighty God, your parents, teachers, and friends who made many sacrifices so that you could be here today.

Our time as a family has come to and end, but always remember that you will meet new family members as you continue your life’s journey, treat each one with respect as you demonstrate the teachings of Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge.

Strive always to “Learn, Lead, Serve and Succeed”, knowing that what lies behind you and what lies ahead of you are small matters compared to what lies within you.

Mrs. Kmchell Dodge
Homeroom Adviser - Grade 12.R

As you approach the end of your high school journey, take some time to sift through the years and hold onto the positive experiences, relationships and situations you have had that have allowed you to earn this point in your life. Stand tall, be proud and move in an affirming, peaceful, productive direction.

I value each one of you in your own special way and have so enjoyed the time, opportunities and memories we have shared. I am thankful for the uniqueness that each of you make up as a part of a larger mass—the class of 2019. V.I.B.E.S (versatile, intelligent, benevolent, educated, scholars!)

Challenge yourself, enjoy life, be good to yourself and others; but most of all follow your dreams. I wish for each of you a lifetime of laughter, peace, happiness and successes.

Tahjae aka Salt Life   Rashantia aka Shante
Ethan aka Emoney   Arayah aka Rayadel
Danielle aka Dani    D’Vantae aka Vantae
Robenskey aka Roby   Dehavilla aka ‘LaLa’
Geneal aka Neal   Demetria aka Metria
Jamaal aka NBA Short Boy   Romando aka Mando
Marcellas aka iMAC   Alonzo aka Paper Boy
Tristan aka Triss Beast Boy   Phillip aka Philly
Myriah aka Riah   Tamina aka Minnie
David aka WAVE   Joshua aka 1K
Chaz aka Fargo Doic   Megan aka Megz