Monday, May 26, 1997

US Virgin Islands

[singlepic id=4817 w=180 h=40 mode=web20 float=left]Good morning! This is Alex Randall with Good News Headlines


UVI Graduates 332

There are three hundred thirty-two new graduates of UVI. On Saturday at the St. Thomas Campus 222 students earned their degrees. 32 with masters degrees, 150 bachelor’s degrees and 40 who earned two year associates degrees. The Students selected Geralda Williams as their graduation speaker. Referring to the graduates job prospects, she said “all we want is a chance.” On the St. Croix Campus, 110 graduates took home diplomas. Both groups heard about the university’s financial plight and the speeches addressed the strength of the students to persevere in the face of the financial problems.

Current Conditions in Paradise:

Temperature: 80 Degrees Water Temp: 71 Degrees Skies: Crystal Clear, Occasional Cloud Beach: Perfect Swimming: Perfect Diving: Perfect Sailing: Perfect Drinks: Ready

Ms VI Senior Pageant has winners too

There were other individuals garnering honors over the weekend. The Ms Senior Pageant took place at CAHS on Sunday with five women competing for the title Ms. VI Senior. Ruby Charles, Cloth-ilda Bryan, Dorothy DeLuze, Margaret Mroz and Pearl Callwood were the contestants. They sang, danced and strutted their gowns and evening wear. In the end, DeLuze was named Ms Popularity, Bryan was named Miss Photogenic, Ruby Charles was second runner up, Margaret Mroz was first runner up and the winner of the Ms Virgin Islands Senior title is Pearl Callwood.

Sunday was also African Liberation Day

The events of Sunday also included a celebration of African Liberation Day on St. Croix. The event is celebrated nationally on Sunday and there were ceremonies on Friday and Saturday on St. Thomas. The idea of the day is to focus on Pan-Africanism and the common thread of heritage that binds together the people of Africa. Moremi Hunt spoke in St. Croix and said, “We are still fighting injustices, some are glaring and some are subtle.”

Memorial Day is Coming Up

Today is Memorial Day. There is a ceremony in St. Croix at Christiansted Wharf with a procession to the cemetery. On St. Thomas, the memorial program begins at Roosevelt Park at 11o’clock then a procession to the Coast Guard Dock and then on to Western Cemetery. We’ll have it for you live at 11:00 AM. All government offices are closed for the holiday. Schools are closed. Tutu Mall opens at 11 AM to 5:00 PM – Sunshine Mall is open from 8:00 AM – to 9:00 PM. Retail stores and supermarkets will be open. There will be a Daily News but the business office is closed.

Energy Workshop

Alicia Barnes of the Virgin Islands Energy Office has a workshop on May 29 and 30 on Energy Emergency Preparedness. The five largest storms cost America 40 billion and much of it was due to energy losses. The workshop is at the Renaissance Grand Beach Resort

Coming Up:

11:00 AM – Wesley Methodist Church is holding its annual May Fair at the church in Tutu from 11:00 AM – to 6:00 PM – with food, games, entertainment, quadrille dancers and the platting of the May Pole.

You can make a difference:

Jean called to say she was shopping at Tutu Park Mall on Saturday and put down her shopping bag. Someone came along and picked it up by mistake. Jean says the bag was mostly shoes, but it also included her prescription glasses which she badly needs back. If you picked up the wrong shopping bag at the mall on Saturday would you please return the bag to the Tutu Park Mall office so Jean can see again.

Hero of the Hour

Kai Santoli is well on his way to a university degree, though the youth is only 11 years old. Kai Santoli is the winner of the Reading is Fundamental and Nestle Very Best in Youth Awards. Kai is one of 30 students to win the award among 400 finalists. Kai’s strong reading skills and his strong academics were the keys to winning. But Kai’s teachers say he has more than academic skill, Kai works diligently , he is polite, well-mannered and willing to help. That’s a great start on making good news.

Water Island Report

There was a great party on the beach on Sunday. Everyone won the volleyball game.

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