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Baccalaureate Service Celebrates the Grads
by Susanne Sutton - Saturday, June 11, 2016
The annual SJHS Baccalaureate Service celebrating this year's graduates was held at Trinity Church on Sunday 05 June at 3 pm. Following a prelude by the SJHS String Ensemble, the choir processed behind the church's Paschal Candle, carried by Rob Scott. Brandi Clements led the blessing of the light, and then candle lighters moved down the aisles lighting people's tapers until the church was aglow; this was meant to represent the light of every graduate that he or she will take to wherever life leads. The service included prayers from the Christian, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim traditions, and prayers were offered in English, Mandarin, Spanish and French, the languages taught at the school. The choirs sang a number of memorable songs, and there were amazing solos by Mary Louise Belyea and Monet Comeau (voice) and Danny Han (piano). The highlight of the evening was the address given by Mr. Mel Norton, who outlined 5 key attributes for graduates to focus on in a Life Worthwhile. Beautiful flowers arrangements were donated in memory of former student David Willis and by our Alumni and SRC. The reception following the service offered cake featuring the suit and white dress photos. It was a memorable afternoon for all involved.