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Pilot keeps promise to alma mater

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19 Nov 2018 11:09 #366839 by chairman
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Pilot keeps promise to alma mater

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Pilot and former student of Holy Cross College Israel Duncan, right, makes a presentation of $8,000 to scholarship winner Dinesh Daniel during the school’s Achievement Day on Friday.

One year ago, air­line pi­lot Is­rael Dun­can is­sued a chal­lenge to stu­dents of his al­ma mater, Holy Cross Col­lege. He said he would give his en­tire month’s salary, mi­nus ex­pens­es and de­duc­tions, to any stu­dent of the school who won a na­tion­al schol­ar­ship.

On Fri­day, Dun­can re­turned to the school and kept his promise by pre­sent­ing a cheque for $8,000 to Di­nesh Daniel who earned a Nat­ur­al Sci­ences schol­ar­ship.

Daniel, who was ho­n­oured at the school’s Achieve­ment Day, is the sec­ond Holy Cross stu­dent to be award­ed a na­tion­al schol­ar­ship.

Dun­can re­ceived a thun­der­ous ap­plause when he walked on stage to make the pre­sen­ta­tion to a sur­prised and elat­ed Daniel.

The young schol­ar said he was grate­ful for the much need­ed fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance as he fur­thers his stud­ies and is look­ing for­ward to mak­ing a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence in so­ci­ety.

He told his for­mer school­mates their on­ly lim­its are what they are pre­pared to achieve for them­selves.

He pledged to fol­low the moral val­ues and teach­ings of Holy Cross and to keep the school’s flag fly­ing high.

Keynote speak­er Chief of the De­fence Staff Rear Ad­mi­ral Hay­den Prichard, who is al­so a past stu­dent of Holy Cross Col­lege, told the stu­dents mak­ing good choic­es is a long-term plan for the wel­fare of all.

He said they should not on­ly think about to­day but what is 15 to 29 years ahead of them.

“Be strate­gic and do not al­low adults to un­der­es­ti­mate you in your de­vel­op­ment and growth,” he said.

Always tell someone how you feel because opportunities are lost in the blink of an eye but regret can last a lifetime.
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