L-R: Outgoing Principal Melissa Amey, and outgoing Assistant Principal Arthur Selwood, June 28, 2012
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"Remember those small lessons you were taught; say good morning when you meet someone, always say please and thank you, get to appointments on time, make sure assignments are neat and submitted on time, and put your shirt in your pants and boys pull up your pants". Those were some words of advice from outgoing Principal of the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS), Melissa Amey.
During her remarks at the ESHS class of 2012 graduation ceremony yesterday, June 28, Amey said she knows that the students maybe happy that herself and Assistant Principal Arthur Selwood will no longer be at the school; however, during their time at the school, they were merely instilling things that would assess the students on the road to success. Selwood is retiring.
"You may think that we were nagging and in reality, I know most of you would be glad that you don't have to see Mr. Selwood or myself anymore, but we were only preparing you for life...Things that would assess you on the road to success," she stated.
The Principal said there will be a number of changes coming to the school in the upcoming school year, but it is all part of the Education Ministry's efforts to create a culture of excellence.
Speaking to the parents, Amey urged them to work with their children and at the same time be strict parents.
"Many of them feel as if they are adults and they have arrived, but until they leave home and are locking their own doors, I urge you to continue to pray and participate, continue to guide them, continue to hug them, continue to kiss them, continue to protect them and never stop praying for and with them," she stated.
Amey told the graduates, "Whether you join the workforce or further your education, be a good representation of your parents and teachers...Take your place in society."
While imploring on the graduates to be respectful in life, Amey asked them not to rush to become adults.
"My last charge for you is to go slowly and enjoy life...Please do not rush to be 25, do not rush to have children, do not rush to have your own place, do not rush to have relationships; simply go slowly and enjoy your childhood..."
There were 198 graduates this year.