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Graduation Schedule of Events for The Valedictory Service and The Prize Giving Ceremonies



#Providenciales, June 8, 2018 – Turks and Caicos – The Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services would like to extend their sincere congratulations to all students on their graduation from high schools within the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The Minister of Education, Honourable Karen Malcolm, also extends sincere “Congratulations” to the graduating Class of 2018 and their family and friends.  She stated; “This is an exciting time for our graduating students and we must strive to make this day memorable to mark this milestone in their lives.”

Graduating from high school is an event that comes once in a student’s lifetime.  The administration of every government high school has made every effort to provide a ceremony steeped in tradition; one that brings meaning to all graduates and their families and loved ones. These events will be an academic function proceeding to honor a journey fulfilled, one that students and parents will envision for a long time.


The top-performing students at each school are shown below:


HJRHS: – Miranda Archbold:  89.24%, Valedictorian

Aleidy Encarnacion: 88.24%, Salutatorian

Dahanda Pluvoise: 85.30% 2nd Runner-up


MBHS:- Marc Smith: 83.09% Valedictorian

Sherlean Pierre: 80.93% Salutatorian

Clajamessie Garcon: 77.31%, 2nd Runner-up


RGHS:-  Lea-Beima Dorestin: 87.99%, Valedictorian

Briann Gardiner:  86.80%, Salutatorian
Joshua-St. Michael Meghoo:  80.94%, 2nd Runner-up


CHHS:- Simonie Parker:  86.8%, Valedictorian

Elishah Sidnord: 82.4%, Salutatorian

Erika Jean-Guy: 80.0%, 2nd Runner-up


The Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services invites the residents of each island to the services, both the valedictory service and the prize giving ceremonies. However, for both services, there will be limited seating.

The schedule for the graduation of government high school ceremonies throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands is shown as follows:

Valedictory Service
Schools Venues Date & Time Guest Speakers Theme
HJRHS Bible Baptist, Mission Folly, Grand Turk Sunday, July 1st 2018 3pm Pastor Frederick Braithwaite To Accomplish Great Things, We must Dream, Plan, Act and Believe
Graduation Prizing Giving Ceremonies
CHHS Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports Complex Monday, July 2nd, 2018 5pm Fredlie Swann-Bruno Success: Not measured by your position in life but by the obstacles you overcame.
RGHS Horse Stable Beach Complex Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 5pm Hon. Temard Butterfield Making a Mark Is Leaving a Legacy


Marjorie Basden High School Grounds Wednesday, July 4th, 2018 5pm Mr. David Bowen From Each His Best: Excellence, Tradition 50 Years and Beyond.
HJRHS H.J Robinson High School Auditorium Thursday, July 5th, 2018 5:30 pm Mr. Devon Cox To Accomplish Great Things, We must Dream, Plan, Act and Believe


Release: TCIG



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Polio is back; 65 million missed shots in another COVID fall out



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#USA, August 4, 2022 – For the first time in almost a decade a new case of polio was recorded in the United States. The case which ended in paralysis emphasizes the danger the region faces as vaccination levels drop to 30-year lows.

The World Health Organization warned in early July explained that vaccination in the region of the Americas and the rest of world was dropping rapidly because of various spin off effects precipitated by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Over 65 million infants missed out on basic vaccines in the last three years thanks to disruptions in routine healthcare, lockdowns and other circumstances. The effects are already being felt as once eradicated disease like measles and polio are once again emerging.

The Pan American Health Organization announced earlier this year the Americas are now facing another measles outbreak after having been declared free of the disease in 2016.

Dr. Jarvis Barbosa, Assistant director of PAHO said vaccination levels are now as low as they were in 1994 for measles and polio and Brazil has had several outbreaks of measles.

In the case of the United States an unvaccinated young adult developed the disease after contact with another individual vaccinated with a live version of the vaccine.

The breakout polio case in the US sent shockwaves across the country because of the severe nature of the disease. Polio is an extremely dangerous disease with no known cure. It causes paralysis in as many as 1 in 200 infected and that paralysis is permanent.

Normally very few school age children would be at risk in the Americas as the vaccine is required to start school but with the gap in vaccinations many more children are now at risk.

Polio was one of the most feared diseases of the 20th century, paralyzing and killing hundreds of thousands, especially children. Thankfully vaccinated individuals are not at risk and as such the WHO is advising that the best way to protect against polio is vaccination.


Photo Caption:  Child in Benin takes Polio vaccine, UNSDG

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New Rules for Turks & Caicos JPs



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#TurksandCaicos, August 5, 2022 – Rules governing Justices of the Peace in the Turks and Caicos are now significantly stricter after the passing of the amendment to the Magistrates Amendment Bill in July 2022.

Despite the fact that Justices of the Peace are allowed the same powers as a magistrate previously the only requirement for their appointment was the discretion of the Governor and that they be under 65-years-old.

That power has now been transferred from the Governor to the Chief Justice.

Justices of the peace have always by law been allowed to receive complaints, sign charges and issue warrants for the apprehension of persons charged with criminal offenses. They can also issue search warrants summons and administer oaths.

Considering the potentially unchecked execution of these powers, the attorney general’s chambers lobbied for a change in the system.

“These are very wide powers and there is no framework for the supervision and regulation of the whole of justices of the peace in the Turks and Caicos Islands.”

The amendment rectified this and the Chief Justice now has the power to make binding rules and regulations governing the appointment of JPs, a code of conduct disciplinary action and orientation and periodic training for JPs.

In addition, to maintain separation of powers the governor will be stripped of the power to disallow laws made by resident magistrates. That power now belongs to the Chief Justice.

Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles, TCI Attorney General maintained that the amendment was short but necessary.

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Young People in TCI are having sex, Rapport wants to ensure they’re doing it safe



By Deandrea Hamilton & Dana Malcolm

Editorial Staff


#TurksandCaicos, August 5, 2022 – Young people in the Turks and Caicos are very sexually active and while there are no concrete statistics, the newest members of the Rapport all said “Yes” to the question about whether there is rampant sexual activity.

“As a young person I totally agree that they are having a lot of sex,” Arean Louis said.

This is particularly concerning given wider statistics point to a very young age group which is still contracting HIV/Aids.

“Caribbean statistics are showing that between the ages of 15 and 25 those have the highest amount of HIV rates.”

A five person delegation was this past  week representing the Turks and Caicos Islands at the International Aids Conference, staged in Montreal, Canada July 29 – August 2, 2022.

Young adult members of Rapport TCI all agree that youth in the TCI must be made aware of HIV and other STIs. Arean Louis, Denae Dennie and Arielle Neely spoke to Magnetic Media on their way to the International AIDS Conference.

All three agreed that our young people are having a lot of sex.

“I would say that our young people are having sec the only thing that I would say is I hope that they are letting their partners know their sexual history, their status, and that they’re being safe.” Dennie said.

Louis added, “As we talk about HIV and AIDS in the Turks and Caicos Islands we most definitely need to bring awareness to our young people because there is no set age— kids nowadays just like to experiment.”

He stressed safe sex, using protection and abstinence to maintain sexual health.

“What we aim to do is keep them safe here, we’re tired and we don’t want to see anymore STD and STI new cases in the Turks and Caicos.”

Dennie says she still thinks there is fear surrounding HIV but with education and protection, the world can get to zero new cases and it was something she was looking forward to.

The final member Arielle Neely explained that there were not enough tools and resources to educate youth.

“There are not enough tools or enough record to educate them. Our parents think they’re doing a good job by telling us don’t have sex but telling us don’t have sex isn’t enough. You have to teach us about birth control planned parenthood.”

The three members had high hopes for Rapport and stressed that they need more members to make an effective change on sexual health in the TCI.

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