‘Graduating’ from ‘Gyambo’ Elementary School to high school in Red Tank or later to Paraiso was a ‘big deal’! It meant riding the school bus from ‘Gyambo’ to high school (particularly exhilarating if the driver had a ‘heavy foot’). It meant having a higher ‘degree of freedom’ status, including travel to Paraiso, getting to know ‘girls’ or ‘boys’ in a different town or generally more opportunities to ‘travel’ out of the isolation of Gyambo’s township.
This photo captures a cohort of ‘Gyambo’ youth enjoying their newly acquired degree of ‘freedom’ at a Paraiso High School dance. Pictured at the top center of the table: Levy ‘Mitchy’ Evelyn, and to his left Joyce Holness, followed by Dickie Carew, Pilar Moreno, Danny McFarlane and ‘unknown’ young lady.
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