All Saints Cathedral School Class of 2014

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ST. THOMAS - All Saints Cathedral was packed Friday night as friends, family and faculty cheered on the 10 graduating members of the All Saints Cathedral School Class of 2014.

Dressed in green caps and gowns, the seven young men and three young women prayed, laughed and beamed with pride during the ceremony.

Valedictorian Tsedek Roberts used a metaphor, comparing All Saints to a safari bus that people have gotten on and off of over the course of the school's 85 year history. She noted when each of her classmates got on the safari, and recognized some well-known figures who rode the bus.

Tsedek said she got on the bus in fifth grade, and in her time she tried many different sports, participated in Model UN and learned French - a skill she plans to use in her ambition to become a diplomat.

"So much of who I am is because of this safari ride," she said.

Tsedek will attend Roanoke College in Salem, Va., in the fall and plans to major in international relations and minor in French.

The Class of 2014 had two salutatorians, and both gave inspiring speeches about their time at All Saints.

Jakobi Peets said when he started at All Saints as a freshman, he was anxious, nervous and joyful all at once. Over the years in high school the class grew together, he said.

"We all bring out the good qualities in one another," Jakobi said. "The bond we share will never be forgotten."

He urged his classmates to always do more than is required of them.

Marquisse Browne said it was a hard transition to come to All Saints, but that once he got into the swing of things, he realized it was the best place to focus on his school work.

"I believe this school made me a stronger and wise person," he said.

The crowd cheered wildly after Marquisse proclaimed: "I overcame a lot of challenges, and I feel like a conquering Viking today!"

Asante Richards read an original poem during the ceremony called, "Your Day Has Arrived."

"This is the day you've been preparing for, since the first time you walked through that classroom door," he told his fellow graduates.

Keynote speaker and All Saints alumnus Griffin McFarlane delivered a passionate, energetic and funny speech. He had attended the graduation practice and interviewed all the students, then used their own quotes as the advice he gave in his speech.

After the diplomas were handed out, the graduates lined up and sang "The World's Greatest" to their proud friends and family.

As the graduates and their supporters poured out of the church into the humid night air, they exchanged hugs, balloons and flowers. Photos were taken and the graduates lined up on the back steps to fling their caps into the air in celebration.

Lovina Punjabi said it was great to watch her youngest child, Reena Punjabi, graduate.

"Finally, this is a dream come true," she said.

- Contact reporter Aldeth Lewin at 714-9111 or email

Valedictorian: Tsedek Roberts

Salutatorians: Marquisse Browne and Jakobi Peets

Number of students graduating: 10

Number of students going to college: 7

Number of students going to work: 2

Number of students going into the military: 0

Number of students undecided: 1

Colleges attending: Florida International; Florida Memorial; George Mason University; Ohio Wesleyan University; Roanoke College; Syracuse University; Valencia.

Scholarships awarded: $1 million.

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