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--To Pursue Their Dreams

Serving as Commencement Speaker at the 6th Graduation Exercises of the Firestone Liberia Senior High School on July 20,  Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO) executive Steve Shelton encouraged the 162 graduates to pursue their dreams with courage and enthusiasm, and to have a “can-do attitude” in their quest to accomplish their educational goals.

At the ceremony held in the school’s gymnasium outside Harbel, the BATO Senior Vice President for Technology, Manufacturing and Procurement encouraged the outgoing students to be proud of their achievement, encouraging them to develop a positive attitude in life by choosing to be happy no matter the circumstances.

“If you choose to be joyful every day, I guarantee there will be lots of great opportunities that open up to you,” said Shelton. “Anything is possible; the sky is the limit.”

President and Managing Director of Firestone Liberia Edmundo L. Garcia also addressed the Class of 2014, congratulating the students and their parents on this accomplishment. He also expressed his hope that the graduates will build on the sound educational foundation that Firestone is proud to provide through the Firestone Liberia School System.

“It is our ardent hope that our graduates will build on the sound educational foundation that our schools provide, so that one day, they can be the future leaders, professionals, and model citizens of the communities they live in,” Mr. Garcia said.

Garcia also thanked the faculty, staff and administrators of the Firestone School System for all their efforts and dedication toward the education and well-being of the children. Echoing Garcia’s sentiments, the principal of the Firestone Liberia Senior High School, Mr. D. Mulbah Gayflor, expressed heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the teachers, parents and other teammates, as well as the Management of Firestone Liberia, for what he called “their tireless efforts in promoting education in Liberia”.

Out of the 162 graduates, 47 were girls and 115 were boys. The colorful occasion was graced by the presence of some top management teammates, including the Controller, Erzsebet Tamas and Special Project Manager; Mr. Patrick Rodrigo; former graduates Forkpa Pewee (magna cum laude, Chemistry) and Marien Zomoway (magna cum laude, Nursing), 2013/2014 graduates of Cuttington University, Ben Bellring, who is pursuing his masters at the Cuttington University School of Graduate studies; and Julateh Mulbah, an information technology (IT) student at Ashesi University in Ghana, among others.

Class Valedictorian Jackson White also commended Firestone Liberia’s management and the schools system’s administrators, faculty and staff, as well as the students’ parents for their moral and financial support. He assured the ceremony’s attendees that their high school diplomas will not be the end of their pursuit of quality education.