April Deterville, a 29 year old from Bagatelle Castries, recently delivered the valedictory address for her graduating class at Massey University in New Zealand, where she has successfully attained a Masters in Agricultural Science. Miss Deterville had similarly excelled at the undergraduate level when she got her Bachelor Of Science in Agriculture in Taiwan.

She is one of the many young St Lucians over the last few years making the most of the scholarship opportunities availed to them from around the world. From the Sure Start Education Centre and the Ave Maria Primary School, she then went on to attend the Leon Hess Secondary School and the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (A-Level Division).

Miss Deterville referenced the ongoing Novel CoronaVirus pandemic in her speech when she said, “We sometimes reflect and think that the pandemic took many things from us, but it also restored a lot of our humanity.” New Zealand was often highlighted as one of the countries to most successfully deal with the novel virus, but it did so by being extremely strict about following lockdowns and social distancing.

Towards the end of her address, she again left her audience with a sense of hope and reassurance in this uncertain time by quoting St Lucia’s very own Derek Walcott. The line, taken from Walcott’s Nobel Laureate address, goes: “Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry for granted when it was whole.”

It should be noted that Miss Deterville is also the daughter of SKY-FM/GVD TV’s Felix “Champagne” Deterville, the host of the popular morning talk show, “Champagne in the Morning”.

By GVD

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