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Bryan Congratulates Complex Grads, Will Miss Ceremony To Testify Before Congress

CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Albert Bryan extended his congratulations to the St. Croix Educational Complex Class of 2022 graduates and expressed his regrets for having to miss the ceremony because he has been called to testify before Congress at the same time the graduation is scheduled.

Governor Bryan was called to testify before the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, where he is expected to brief the committee on the state of the territory, the Territory’s priorities for 2022, and the President’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Request.

“I regret that I will be unable to attend the graduation ceremony of our illustrious students graduating from Complex on Wednesday morning, and I want to stress that this circumstance in no way demeans the fantastic accomplishment of these students, and all our graduates, who represent the bright future for the territory,” he said. “Our graduates completed their studies during the extremely trying times of the COVID-19 pandemic, and they are shining examples of our people’s resilience and perseverance.”

The governor is scheduled to testify virtually before the House Committee at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18, and the hearing will be livestreamed on the Committee’s You Tube Page at www.youtube.com/user/NaturalResourcesDems

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Ranger American Security Guard Wins $25K Prize In Vax To Win Education Lottery

KINGSHILL — A security guard who also works for a St. Croic high school won $25,000 in the USVI Vax To Win School-based lottery, officials said.

Joseph Auguste, Sr. of the St. Croix Educational Complex High School won the special August 9 drawing, according to the Virgin Islands Lottery.

Auguste also works as a security guard for Ranger American in Estate Castle Coakley.. Here are some of the other lucky winners:

School-based Special Drawing winners:

STX District Winners:

First Place, $25,000 – Joseph Auguste, St. Croix Educational Complex

Second Place, $10,000 – Henry Awika, University of the Virgin Islands

Third Place, $5,000 – Minerva Delauney, St. Croix Central High School

STT-STJ District Winners

First Place, $25,000 – Vernon Callwood, Charlotte Amalie High School

Second Place, $10,000 – Eric Christian, University of the Virgin Islands

Third Place, $5,000 – Eugene Farrell, Sts. Peter and Paul School

Ranger American Security Guard Wins K Prize In Vax To Win Education Lottery
Ionie Noel of St. Croix won $100,000.

General Lottery – August 6, 2021, Drawing Winners

STX District Winner – $100,000 – (fully vaccinated) – Ionie Noel

STT-STJ District Winner – $50,000 – (one dose) – Barbra Butcher-Ortega

Ranger American Security Guard Wins K Prize In Vax To Win Education Lottery
Barbra Butcher-Ortega of St. Thomas won $100,000.
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American Cancer Society’s St. Croix Relay for Life Set For Tomorrow

KINGSHILL — The 20th Anniversary Committee has announced that the 2021 American Cancer Society/St. Croix Relay for Life will be held at the St. Croix Educational Complex at 4 p.m., Saturday, July 10, and ending at noon, Sunday, July 11.

The theme is “Conquering Cancer One Color at a Time.”

St. Croix Relay for Life thanks all those who have assisted in the planning of this event to make it a safe COVID-free one. The organization asks the public to assist by ensuring that if people plan to be one of the 500 who will attend in person, that participants have either been vaccinated or have been tested between no earlier than Tuesday, July 6 and Thursday, July 8. They must also be able to show proof of same at the relay entrance along with a picture ID.

The 2021 American Cancer Society/St. Croix Relay for Life is making its best efforts to have the event live-streamed for those who are unable to attend or who choose not to attend in person.

The organization thanks the public for the overwhelming response that its T-shirt sale has garnered; however, it will have T-shirts on hand for sale to those who missed it. Adult sizes small to 2XL for $12 each and 3XL and up are $15 (can be pre-ordered and pre-paid) by contacting one of the committee members no later than Thursday, July 8.

Please wear masks or one will be given at the entrance. Everyone on the grounds will be expected to wear rubber-soled enclosed sneakers so that the event can remain compliant with the rules of the Department of Education and the Athletic Commission.

The event is alcohol, other substances and smoke free.

The 20th Anniversary Committee thanks St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island for their overwhelming support towards the goal of $150,000. There is still time to give at Relay For Life of St Croix | (acsevents.org)

Rosalie Javois, chair, 513-4620; Urylee Burke, co-chair, 643-1256; Pat Sage, secretary and survivors lead; Lucy Rodriguez, member and people lead, 643-5505; Yvonne Webster-Pryce, treasurer and fund the cure lead, 642-1500.

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St. Croix Native To Sing National Anthem Before Padres-Diamondbacks Game Today

SAN DIEGO — A St. Croix native who works as a medical specialist for the U.S. Navy will sing the national anthem before a Major League Baseball game in California this afternoon.

Ashley Paddie will do the honors at the beginning of the MLB game between the San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park at 4 p.m. today.

Paddie has a passion for singing and enjoyed doing so at church, school activities, and in the community. After singing at a retirement event she was asked to create a demo of her singing the national anthem.

Ashley studied at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) after graduating from the St. Croix Educational Complex High School.

Paddie is a gifted athlete who competed internationally for the Virgin Islands in track and field at the Leeward Islands Championships in 2012 held in the British Virgin Islands. Ashley won bronze in the 1500-meter run and the 4×400 meter relay, the Virgin Islands Track & Field Federation (VITFF) said.

Paddie also competed for the St. Croix Track Club and St. Croix Educational Complex high school, according to the VITFF. She is currently a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy at Twentynine Palms, California.

“VITFF is proud to support our very own Ashley Paddie as she is given the opportunity to sing the National anthem at the opening in the Petco Stadium at the MLB game between the San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday June 27th, 2021 at 4pm EST,” the organization said.

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Former VIPD Police Sergeant Raymond T. Matthew Sr., Known As The Original ‘Cake Boss,’ Dies In Orlando

FREDERIKSTED — The family of retired police sergeant Raymond T. Matthew, Sr. announces his passing on January 5, 2021 at his residence in Orlando, Florida. At the time of his death, he was surrounded by his wife of 43 years, Juanita, and his loving family.

Raymond T. Matthew, Sr. was affectionately known as “Paco,” “Ray,” and “Officer Friendly.” Following graduation from high school, he served a tour of duty in Vietnam with the U.S. Army and then commenced his 21 years of service with the Virgin Islands Police Department. Upon retirement in 1989, he continued to work with private businesses and service organizations.

Former VIPD Police Sergeant Raymond T. Matthew Sr., Known As The Original 'Cake Boss,' Dies In Orlando
Former VIPD Police Sgt. Raymond T. Matthew, Sr. loved to bake

Known as the original “Cake Boss” on St. Croix, his passion for baking and cake decorating was a love he shared with many, especially the students at the St. Croix Technical and Vocational Education Center. He led a wonderful life and contributed to the social and spiritual life of many youths in the community.

Raymond’s memories will be forever be etched in our hearts and his contributions to so many will always be remembered. We praise God for sharing him with us. May he rest in eternal peace.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents Travis E. Matthews and Lucille Christian Fuller, stepmother Emelda Matthew, his sister Eunice Chabral and daughter-in-law Valerie L. Matthew.

He is fondly remembered and survived by his devoted wife Juanita Santos Matthew; children Natalie and Raymond T. Matthew, Jr., Lester Emmanuel, Jr. and Dion Fredericks; sisters Bernice Williams, Kenyalita Duplessis, Arelita Palmer, Marla and Mavis Matthew; brothers Marvin Matthew and Anthony Fuller; uncle Samuel Christian (Lucy); aunts Rebecca Salazar and Ida Mae Christian; brothers-in-law Enrique Santos, Roberto Santos (Angela), Miguel Santos (Julia), Benito Santos (Elba); sisters-in-law Norma Gonzalez (Enrique), Anita Gonzalez, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins by the dozens and many dear friends to numerous to mention.

A celebration of life service will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mount Pleasant, Frederiksted on February 8, 2021 beginning at 9 a.m. Internment will be at the Kingshill Cemetery in the Veteran’s Section.

The family respectfully requests that attendees wear a face mask and adhere to the COVID-19 social distancing protocols.

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An example of Raymond T. Matthew, Sr.’s baking prowess
Former VIPD Police Sergeant Raymond T. Matthew Sr., Known As The Original 'Cake Boss,' Dies In Orlando

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St. Croix Educational Complex Students Take Top Honors In 14th Annual Shakespeare Festival

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Top Honors for the 14th Annual Vento Shakespeare Festival were awarded to the students of the St. Croix Educational High School for Best Ensemble.

Under the guidance of their teacher, Alicia Ramos, the St. Croix high school students won the most coveted prize.

The winning students included Avision Lang, Enperatriz Delgadillo, Korie Hodge, Micaya Labadie, Nadesha Julian, Shomauri Gumbs, Jamila George, and Aniis Lester.

This year’s event was again hosted by the Nisky Moravian Church Multipurpose Education Center, and supported by The Vento Charitable Trust, Auven Therapeutics, the VI Council on the Arts, and the VI Department of Education (VIDE). 

Pamela New once again served as the Pistarckle Theater Shakespeare Scholar and logistics coordinator, with additional support from Event Emcee Jada Lark, and Judges Estelle Andrew, Frank Bartolucci, and Gail DeHaas.

This year’s participating schools included: All Saints Cathedral School, Antilles School, Charlotte Amalie High School, Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, Lockhart Elementary, Nicky Moravian School, Tutu Church of God School, St. Croix Educational Complex High School, and 7th Day Adventist High School (2018 Top Champions).

Each year, students and faculty from St. Thomas and St. Croix gather at the Nisky Center Moravian Church to recreate scenes from some of William Shakespeare’s most memorable plays.

Final results include: Most Creative Elements: Junior Ensemble/Lockhart Elementary School; Senior Ensemble/7th Day Adventist School; Mono/Duologue: St. Croix Educational Complex High School/Mojonia Denis; Physical Transformation: Junior/All Saints; Senior/7 Day Adventist High School; Monologue/Duologue: Anna Bianca Saliot/Ivanna Eudora Keane High School; Clear Energetic Storytelling: Junior/Nisky Moravian School; Senior/St. Croix Educational Complex High School; Monologue/Duologue: Maggie McConnell/Antilles School; Commitment to Character: Junior/Tutu Church of God; Senior/St. Croix Educational Complex High School; Monologue/Duologue: Kade’jah Stevent/St. Croix Educational Complex High School; Most Supportive Ensemble: Junior/All Saints Cathedral School; Senior/7th Day Adventist School; Energetic Opening: Junior/Nisky Moravian Church; Senior/7th Day Adventist High School; Monologue/Duologue: Liza Perdoma/St. Croix Educational Complex High School; Best Actress: Junior, Dajanhelle Joseph/All Saints Cathedral School; Senior, Enperatriz Delgadillo, St. Croix Educational Complex High School; Best Actor: Wiston Duran/Tutu Church of God School; Kyle Querrard/Charlotte Amalie High School; Best Performer- Monologue/Duologue/Tied: Jeanne Viray/Ivanna Eudora Kean High School and LizaPerdoma/St. Croix Educational Complex High School; Best Scene: Junior/Nisky Moravian Church; Senior/St. Croix Educational Complex High School; Monologue/Duologue: Liza Perdoma/St. Croix Educational Complex High School.

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North Texas Has Three Virgin Islanders On Basketball Teams After Signings This Week

North Texas Has Three Virgin Islanders On Basketball Teams After Signings This Week

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FREDERIKSTED —They say good things happen in threes.

So it should be no surprise to anyone that the University of North Texas basketball team now has three Virgin Islanders on its team.

The former St. Croix Educational Complex High School star Shakeem Alcindor signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Mean Green on Wednesday.

“We are thrilled to have Alcindor as part of the North Texas basketball family,” North Texas head coach Grant McCasland said. “He is a tremendous talent and great person. He works extremely hard and his rapid development points to his potential as an impact player.”

Alcindor, a 6-foot, 8-inch forward, is the third Virgin Island player to sign on at North Texas, located in Denton, Texas. St. Thomas native Jahmiah Simmons, a 6-foot, 4-inch forward, is a redshirt sophomore on the men’s team and St. Croix native Anisha George, a 6-foot, 2-inch forward, just signed on to play on the Mean Green’s women’s team.

Alcindor led the St. Croix Educational Complex High School to the Interscholastic Athletic Association league title here his senior year before moving on to Link Year Prep in Branson, Missouri. The Lions won the Central Post-Grad League title at 14-0 and finished the season 35-8 overall.

“My friend Shakeem Alcindor has no idea how good he can be!” said Link Year Prep coach Adam Doynes on Twitter.

The University of North Texas is an NCAA Division I program that plays in Conference USA.

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North Texas Has Three Virgin Islanders On Basketball Teams After Signings This Week

STANDOUT CRUCIAN: The North Texas women’s basketball team has signed second-team National Junior College Athletic Association All-American and Virgin Islands National Team member Anisha George on Monday.

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Governor Mapp Salutes 340 High School Graduates at Two Schools on St. Croix

Governor Mapp Salutes 340 High School Graduates at Two Schools on St. Croix

FREDERIKSTED – Governor Kenneth Mapp and Lieutenant Governor Osbert Potter continued celebrating Virgin Islands graduates this week by congratulating the 348 students who received their high school diplomas on St. Croix.

On Wednesday, Governor Mapp addressed 135 graduates and their supporters at St. Croix Central High School’s commencement ceremony. He recalled his own graduation from Central High in 1973.

“Don’t let anyone define who you are. It’s not what people call you, it’s what you answer to,” the Governor said. “Life will be good to you if you are good to yourself.”

Madelin Yousef and Taylor Lampkin were recognized as the valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, while Hakeem Macintosh offered words of encouragement as the keynote speaker.

Education Commissioner Sharon Ann McCollum reminded the graduates that the perseverance they displayed in the face of two Category 5 hurricanes would guide them in their future endeavors.

“The lessons you have learned will take you successfully into the future. Your best is yet to come. Captain the ship. Stay on course,” she said.

Special recognition was given to the top 25 graduates who wore gold stoles atop their gowns. Over $3 million in scholarships were awarded to numerous Central students attending the University of the Virgin Islands, Howard University, Rutgers University, among others.

On Thursday, families and friends filled the Timothy Duncan Gymnasium in celebration of the St. Croix Educational Complex High School Class of 2018, the largest graduating class in the territory this year. Diplomas were awarded to 213 students.

Mapp advised the graduates that the road to success will never be easy.

“Just understand that whatever you decide, and whatever your dream is, it’s going to require hard work and sacrifice,” the Governor remarked. “And if you’re prepared to invest in it, you will accomplish all that your heart desires.”

The class valedictorian, Ali Boucenna and salutatorian, Chelsea Valery also addressed their classmates at Thursday’s ceremony. 2008 alumni, veterinarian Dr. Tramaine Creighton and music executive Jamal Samuel, delivered keynote addresses.

One hundred and forty Complex graduates have been accepted to colleges and universities across the nation. Thirty-nine students are planning to attend technical schools, while 20 have enlisted in the military. The class has been awarded over $4 million in scholarships.

Governor Mapp Salutes 340 High School Graduates at Two Schools on St. Croix