The Principal and Chief Administrative Officer of Ricks Institute, Dr. Olu Q. Menjay, has lauded graduates of the institution for their outstanding performances during the course of the 2017-2018 academic school year. The school, at a well attended convocation exercise on Sunday, July 15, graduated 53 students from the senior class and eight K5 students (four boys and four girls) who were promoted to First grade.
“Note that you have achieved one of the most significant goals of your life. This has also added enormously to the intellectual and spiritual footings on which you will stand in the days ahead. Thanks for choosing Ricks Institute,” Menjay told the graduates to the delight of their parents and well-wishers who gave them a standing ovation.
He described Ricks as an institute where girls and boys are formed and transformed for service to God and humanity.
Dr. Menjay spoke of being fortunate enough during his 13-year tenure at Ricks, adding: “My administration has arranged study opportunities abroad for Ricks’ students in grade schools, undergraduate and graduate programs as well as some members of the faculty staff.
“Since 2007, a total of 19 students from the 8th grade have had the opportunity to study in the United States, specifically at Brookstone School in Georgia, Baylor School in Tennessee and Oak Hill Academy in Virginia,” he said.
Sixteen Ricks’ graduates and staff have benefited from scholarships to do their undergraduate or graduate studies since 2007.
The keynote speaker, Reverend James H. Blay, is a two-time recipient of the school’s scholarship. Blay currently serves as vice president for administration at the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary, located along the ELWA/RIA Highway, Paynesville.
“Rev. Blay received his Bachelor of Arts (with honors) from Mercer University in the U.S., and in 2017, he completed his Master of Divinity at Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology.
Ricks Institute, located in Virginia, Montserrado County, is a grade school from Kindergarten to 12th grade. It is a learning and faith community of the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention, Incorporated.
“Ricks Institute seeks to achieve a distinction throughout Liberia and beyond in offering a balanced and integrated education of the head, heart and the hands by providing its students with a firm foundation for life and the inspiration to serve others, with the motto ‘Service Above Self’,” Menjay said.
in a related development, registration for academic year 2018/2019 starts on Monday, August 6, and ends on Tuesday, August 28. Therefore, the administration has asked parents/guardians to bring students’ registration payment receipts from the “bank to our office with the students’ names and classes clearly written on them.”
More importantly, parents are also advised to bring along their children’s signed (re)-enrollment contracts and medical passes from the Ricks Community Clinic in order to complete the registration process.