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Hovensa Honored by Two Area High Schools

June 1, 2006 — On Saturday evening, May 27, the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) of the Educational Complex High School honored Hovensa and other companies and individuals during its first annual Image Awards Gala. Each of the honorees was given a commemorative trophy, a small replica of the on-land Middle Passage Monument that is erected in front of the school.
The original Middle Passage Monument was placed on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean outside of New York Harbor in 1999 to honor the lives of estimated millions of African people who died during the trans-Atlantic slave trade between the 15th and 19th centuries.
Hovensa was honored for responding to the PTSA's request for assistance in correcting problems at the school shortly before a scheduled visit to the school by an accreditation review team from the Middle States Secondary Schools Association early last year. Hovensa hired contractors to repair electrical and air conditioning problems at SCEC and to eradicate termites, which had infested sections of the school. These were some of the problems that had to be corrected to ensure that the high school received a favorable report from the Middle States inspection team.
After accepting the award on behalf of the company from PTSA President Cyndee Ible Frontal, Hovensa Vice President Alex Moorhead thanked the PTSA for the unexpected honor. He said that when it assisted the school, Hovensa was motivated only by a desire to see the school pass its accreditation inspection, a goal in which the school was successful.
On Sunday afternoon, Hovensa was honored a second time. This time by the St. Croix Career and Technical Education Center, which also is located at the Educational Complex. During an induction ceremony for several of the school's honor students into the National Technical Honor Society, Hovensa and other honorees were made honorary members in the center's NTHS chapter for its contributions to the school. Hovensa was honored for its support of and collaboration in several of the center's programs.
After accepting a framed certificate, Moorhead told the audience that the company considers its contributions to the center more than philanthropic acts; he said that they are investments in the company's future. He pointed out that, if the company is to continue to be successful, it must have Virgin Islanders who are well-trained and qualified to fill job openings in the refinery as openings develop in the future. H
He said that the center and other secondary schools in the Virgin Islands must provide local residents with the education and training to make this possible. Moorhead pledged that Hovensa will continue to work with the principals of the two schools at the Educational Complex to support the schools in their mission to educate and train students in this community.
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