President Wavel Ramkalawan was the guest of honor at the annual Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA) graduation ceremony held at the auditorium of the University of Seychelles (UniSey), Anse Royal yesterday afternoon.
Graduates who attended the morning session due to space constraints, joined the others in the afternoon. Two hundred graduates who have successfully completed their education in the areas of Restaurant and Bar, Food Preparation and Culinary Arts, Operations and Hospitality Services, Tourism and Tour Guides, Operations and hospitality, wellness and spa services as well as hotel management.
Ketsina William, who completed the Advanced Certificate Course in Food Preparation and Culinary Arts, won the President’s Cup as the most outstanding student.
The Director of the Seychelles Tourism Academy, Mr. Terence Max congratulated the graduates “Dear graduates, Seychelles Tourism Academy; with all its partners and stakeholders, have played their part in developing your skills and acquiring knowledge that will enable you to achieve your aspirations to become the quality talent that the industry demands. Along with technical and management skills, the Seychelles Tourism Academy strives to instill in its learners positive attitudes towards customer and service and a passion for hospitality where the notion of service is not slavish. Passion and pride in tourism and hospitality permeates everything we do at the Academy. We have provided you with the stepping stone, but it is important that you realize that you are the drivers of your success in this competitive yet formidable industry,” said Mr. Max.
“As you progress through the working world, there will be times of despair, frustration and discouragement. My advice to you is to never give up on your quest to achieve your dream. The culture of courage and perseverance is something that you, as future hospitality professionals, will need to develop and demonstrate, not only for your career, but also for your personal success and growth.
Prizes were also awarded to the top performing learners in various areas of the different courses, and to those who achieved outstanding overall performance during the duration of their training. In addition, for the second year in a row, there was the Confucius Institute award for the top five learners studying Mandarin at the Advanced Certificate.
During the ceremony, the Certificate level graduates received various awards; Best Academic Award, Best Practical Award, Best Effort Award, and Overall Award.
Under Restaurant and Bar, the winners were Hilary Amouna and Christy Bistoquet.
In food preparation and culinary arts at certificate level, Kharishna Pillay and Aaron Esparon won the awards. As part of the certificate of operation and accommodation services, Aruna Rabat and Staelle Sinon were the most successful.
Then comes the awarding of prizes to those who have taken courses in reception and operation of services. Tia Savy, Marie-Michelle Hermitte and Marie-Eve Didon win the prizes.
For the Advanced Certificate in Restaurant and Bar, awards were given to Jefferson Pierre, Angel Belle and Aury Leon. For the Advanced Certificate in Food Production, Ketsina William, Ashley Nourrice and Joshua Chetty were the winners. The best Chinese interpreter was Franchesco Boniface.
As part of the Wellness and Spa Advanced Certificate, the best academic Lawraine Marie and Andria Antat won the prizes. The best Chinese performer was Bryna Albert while Haley Benoit received the award for best performer.
For the Higher Certificate in Operations and Reception Services, the Best Academic Interpreter and the Best Global Interpreter were awarded to Corine Pierre. Prizes were also awarded to Jessica Monthy and Stéphanie Laporte. As part of the higher certificate in tourism and tourist guide, the prize for the best academic and practical interpreter was awarded to Gracy Labiche. Prizes were also awarded to Tiffanie Joseph, Dyniz Finesse and Gaetanne Camille.
As part of the Higher Diploma in Hotel Management, awards were given to Antony Servina, Sherine Woodcock, Medhi Stravens and Martina Luther.
Along with the President’s Cup from the Prestigious Awards, the Directors’ Award for Most Improved Learner at STA for 2022 went to Chantelle Cadeau and Husayn Charles. The Minister’s Prize was awarded to three graduates of the Certificate, Advanced certificate and Advanced Diploma programs. This award recognizes learners who have achieved outstanding results not only academically, but who have also demonstrated exemplary behavior and professional skills both in academy and in industry. Learners demonstrate an exemplary attitude and have the potential to develop leadership skills. They were Aruna Rabat (certificate level), Haley Benoit (advanced certificate level) and Martina Luther (advanced diploma). Angel Belle received the school board award.
The ceremony ended with a vote of thanks on behalf of all graduates by Aruna Rabat and Sherine Woodcock.
In addition to President Ramkalawan, guests at the ceremony included the Minister of Education, Dr Justin Valentin, Minister of Employment and Social Affairs, Ms Patricia Francourt, Ambassador of France to Seychelles, Mr Dominique Mas, member of the National Assembly, Grand Anse Constituency, Hon. Waven William, Principal Secretary for Tourism, Ms. Sherin Francis, Principal Secretary for Education Services, Ms. Merna Eulentin, Principal Secretary for Education Sector Development, Mr. John Lesperance, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Seychelles Tourism Academy, Mr. Derek Barbe, Head of Seychelles Tourism Academy, Mr. Terence Max, Dr. Phyllip Smyth, Head of Shannon College of Hotel Management, Mr. Adrian Sylver, Deputy Head of Shannon College , board members of the Seychelles Tourism Academy, hoteliers and STA staff.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of State House – Office of the President of the Republic of Seychelles.