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It was the end of their training, and the beginning of a whole new life as 16 young students received certificates for completion of a Pinnacle Services vocational training class. Their efforts were recognized at a luncheon Friday afternoon at the Carambola Golf Club that included praise from their instructors and government officials.
Although measuring, cutting, threading and welding steel pipes was the core of the curriculum, it wasn’t all the students learned, said Frank Abednego who, as human resources manager for Pinnacle, was also one of the class’s instructors. They also learned about attitude, hard work and dedication to the jobs that their training had prepared them for.

Raymond Williams, the chief of staff for Lt. Gov. Gregory R. Francis, told the audience that while some people have the perception that industrial training is beneath them, “It’s actually the best thing.” He said that in his high school career, he had studied electronics with an eye towards an industrial career. Staying open to life’s opportunities and growing can take you anywhere, even to the right hand of one of the territory’s top officials.

Sen. Sammuel Sanes told the assembly that he saw the territory’s future in them, and “our future is on good hands.”

The 16 graduating students are Tobias Augustin, Nico Canegata, Romeo Collymore, Sady Francis, Shaundi Gilbert, Gregory Green, Sharif Hodge, John Joseph, Hilarion Lesmond, Kherique Lewis, I’Koyo Matthias, Jason Philbert, Mickey Poleon, Jermal Randolph, Gideon Small and Kareem Swanston. Sharif Hodge was recognized for being top of the class, Kherique Lewis for being most improved, Jason Philbert for going “above and beyond,” and Kareem Swanston for having the best attendance.