The Raphael O. Wheatley Skills Center and Post-Secondary Career and Technical Education Institute graduated fifty-six students on Sunday, June 11, 2017 in the Ruth E. Thomas Auditorium on the Charlotte Amalie High School campus.
Principal Mario Francis congratulated the students for seeing their various crafts through to the end. “You turned a vision into a plan, and then your plan into action. You should be proud of yourselves,” he said.
Medical Billing and Coding alumna and Emanuel Benjamin Oliver Elementary School nurse Rosemarie Dennery-Francis delivered the keynote address. She implored students to always be intentional, have integrity and be informed in everything they do. “These are the ‘I’s’ to always think about. Be intentional with your actions, your behavior and your communication,” she said.
Valedictorian Zahida Rabei and salutatorian Jenna Pearson-Alexander, both graduates of the Skills Center's Culinary Arts program, equally urged students to continue to work hard, set goals and reach them.
Ten students received certification in Medical Billing and Coding, 11 in the Phlebotomy Technician program, 10 in Clinical Medical Assistant (three received dual certifications in phlebotomy and clinical medical assistant—), two in Carpentry, six in Computer Applications, six in Cosmetology, one in the Nail Technician program and eight students were certified in the Culinary Arts.
St. Thomas-St. John District Deputy Superintendent Michael Harrigan, Education Chief of Staff Anthony Thomas, State Office of Career and Technical Education representative Kimalle Emanuel, Board of Education Vice-chairperson Arah Lockhart and Senator Marvin Blyden attended the ceremony.