Big day for MIHS

Rita Councilman Arlington Tibon is flanked by MIHS Valedictorian Isatako Timothy, left, and Salutatorian Silass Andrike during the awards portion of the graduation ceremony in Majuro June 6. Photo: Daina Lafita.

Marshall Islands High School wrapped up the school year by recognizing 209 graduates Tuesday at the gymnasium facility next to Majuro Middle School. The graduation theme was “The desire for knowledge brings greater reward.”

The keynote speaker was Hirobo Obeketang, General Manager of the Marshall Islands Resort, who spoke at great length about the importance of culture and language. He also encouraged the graduates to get an education to have more locals in the workforce to build and develop the islands.

Obeketang summed up his speech by reading to the graduates a verse from the Doctrines and Covenants, a book of scripture often used by members of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. “Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God.”

Isatako Timothy and Silass Andrike were this year’s Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively. Both are classmates in section A. They echoed the message of determination and perseverance to serve the Marshallese people in various work fields in the future.

The graduation program then segued to the giving out of diplomas and awards by MIHS Principal Barbara Ned and Public School System Commissioner Kanchi Hosia. Principal Ned confirmed the graduates and permitted them to turn their tassels.

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