Medals around the necks, pats on the back and smiles on every face defined the aura of the High Achievers Placements and Student Recognition Ceremony of the Millennium Roots Schools at the Jinnah Convention Centre, says a press release.
The ceremony, which aimed to acknowledge and appreciate the outstanding performance of Millennials, started off with the special message read on behalf of the president & prime minister of Pakistan for the Roots Millennium Schools CEO. Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq, TI, CEO of the Millennium Roots Schools, in his welcome address, appreciated the hard work of the students. He also acknowledged the support of parents and teachers in the success of students.
The institute had all the reason to celebrate with the high-achievers ceremony. It is the first school in Pakistan to have had the maximum number of Ivy League acceptances on 100% scholarship. Millennials who got accepted at world’s top universities include Taimoor Aziz (Harvard) Ivy League, Seerat Zahra (Dartmouth) Ivy League, Areeba Tirmizi (Brown) Ivy League, Saad Ali Baloch (Yale NUS) Ivy League, Summiya Najam (Yale NUS) Ivy League, Huzaifa Ejaz (Wellsely) Top Liberal Arts College, Muhammad Rafay Ashfaq (NYU) New York University, Ghada Ibrahim (NYU) New York University, Huzaifa Elahi (NYU) New York University, Talha Waheed (NYU) New York University, Hamza Naeem (NYU) New York University, Umar Babar (NYU) New York University, Masna Ahmed (NYU) New York University and many more.
The auspicious occasion was graced by British High Commissioner Thomas Drew, Punjab Governor Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra.
Speaking at the event, British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew CMG said: “Thanks to the Roots Millennium Schools, and in particular Faisal Mushtaq, for inviting me here as your guest. It is a great honour. When you are invited as a foreigner to a school, you really are being invited to the heart of a country. Even more so on such an important day for everyone here.
“I should probably confess to two things before I speak: First, I always find speaking to students more daunting than pretty much any other audience; I am always kept on my toes; there is a great sense of challenge; the questions are more open. Perhaps I should be grateful today that there is no Q and A; Second is that I have always had a particular interest in schools and education. And that is not just because the work the British Government does on education in Pakistan: by far the biggest thing we do here is support Pakistan’s education system – and that is right.
“I want to congratulate you. You have all achieved fantastic things. I remember well my own graduation ceremony and the sense of relief of getting over the months of hard work and angst. The second – and more important point – is the make the most of it. I can now speak as a diplomat. This is a country of fantastic potential, have only been in Pakistan for six weeks, but this is coming back after an eight year gap. I see how it has developed. I feel hugely more optimistic. Admittedly I left Pakistan in 2008 – a difficult year – and a time when the outside world looked at Pakistan mostly in the context of risk. Now, risks of course remain, but I and the British Government see also a country of hope and potential. We have the Governor of Punjab here: how many people know that if Punjab were a country, it would be the 11th largest in the world? Karachi is the world’s sixth biggest city: we don’t yet view it in the same way as we do Shanghai or Sao Paolo. This is a country buzzing with potential. Pakistan’s main task is to realise it – and you will find the British Government right behind you.
“But in the end, the key to making all this happen – and realising Pakistan’s potential – is you. You are Pakistan’s future. You should grab it.”
The governors of Punjab and KP praised the Millennium Roots Schools for providing an unparalleled level of education to the country’s new generation as they are the ones who shall take it to greater heights