Uniting Distant Stars Event Decoration Students Showing Their Creative Talents

Uniting Distant Stars Event Decoration Students Showing Their Creative Talents

Uniting Distant Stars Event Decoration Course started in 2017. We have had a few instructors, but Daniel Williams, Jr. returned in 2024 to share his knowledge.

Zack Tate, a current computer student and media volunteer, took the photos but also asked Daniel, “What are you doing to develop the skills of his students?”

I’m doing my best to bring up the best of my students. I’m making sure, that everyone in here gets what they deserve. To improve their skills, I’m bringing designs and how to make new stuff. I’m also being patient and respectful as well as understanding my students. Creating that family love between us. UDS is a unique and successful school that is here for the needed in Liberia and the world at large. Thanks to the family of UDS/UDSVTC may God bless y’all.

Daniel Williams, Jr. UDS Event Decoration Instructor

His students–Patience, Rejoyce, Grace, and Patience–have hand-crafted several items to decorate any event hall or home.

First, they made slippers (i.e. sandals) using beads and cloth that can coordinate with a wedding party’s colors.

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Second, they used everyday items to make mirrors, hangers, maps, and more. The photos below show some of their work.

The Uniting Distant Stars Update 6/1/24 on electrician course, recent visitor, rotary talk, and more.

The Uniting Distant Stars Update 6/1/24 on electrician course, recent visitor, rotary talk, and more.

Welcome to June, Everyone! Heather Cannon, Co-Founder and Executive Director will give an 11-minute update on our programs in Liberia, another repeat visitor, Facebook group, rotary talk, strategic plan, and much more.

Summary of Updates:

  • 00:29 Happy Birthday to everyone born in June. Please consider hosting a Birthday Fundraiser.
  • 01:25 Follow-up on Kelvin Fomba’s April Birthday Fundraiser. He exceeded his goal and raised $1,225. He wanted to raise $1,200, not $12,000 as mentioned in the video. Learn more.
  • 02:02 Quick update on our electrician course. Our students practiced on the new table recently while waiting for their new lab to be completed. Read more.
  • 03:02 Martina Gargard returned to visit in May. She first visited our center in 2018. So, she saw how much we have changed and grown. Learn more.
  • 03:51 On 5/19, we held our academic queen contest. Read more.
  • 04:30 Information on the Uniting Distant Stars Alumni and Student Group. Request to join here.
  • 05:46 Scanned through Minneapolis Rotary Presentation on 5/22.
  • 07:10 Reviewed plans for 2024 strategic plan focused on the new center.
  • 09:47 In June the 2023/2024 Academic Year will close.

Thank you for all your support!

Watch Interview Uniting Distant Stars Academy Queen Contest Winner

Watch Interview Uniting Distant Stars Academy Queen Contest Winner

Summary provided by Zack Tate, 2024 UDS Computer Student

On May 19, 2024, at 1:30 PM GMT, the UDS Academy held its 2023/2024 Queen Contest. The program filled the hall, and everyone enjoyed the peaceful and transparent contest.

The Queen candidates included the following:

  • Deborah David for K-1 to third grades
  • Massage Kannah for third and fourth grades
  • Helena Kollie fifth and sixth grades
  • Elijahline “Joyce” Bestman for seventh grade
  • Konjay Mardeh for tenth and eleventh grades

Each contestant gave a speech on how they would represent the school. Then the students voted. Joyce Bestman won the contest, and Angeline Mulbah became the second Queen.

Zack Tate, a 2024 Computer Student, interviewed the winner, Joyce Bestman, the next day.

Zack: Why did you decide to run for the queen contest?

Joyce: My friends chose me.

Zack: Did you have it in mind to run for queen?

Joyce: Yes because it would be a good thing to do.

Zack: How do you feel about becoming queen?

Joyce: I feel excited and proud of myself.

Zack: Anything you want to tell the people?

Joyce: I want to tell everyone that education plays a better role in your life. It makes you become what you want to be. It will fulfill your dreams.

We Love Visitors, Especially When They Return

We Love Visitors, Especially When They Return

As you know, we love visitors, especially those who come back. Martina Gargard first visited our center in 2018 with her friend and the longtime UDS supporter of Dr. Jasoe Sharpe. At that time, she interviewed Kelvin Fomba for an article she wanted to publish on her site LiberiaInfo. She interviewed me during the pandemic and published it in 2021. 

During her return visit on May 8, 2024, she found a lot of changes including our solar providing electricity. Martina first met the academic students taking their fifth-period tests, and sixth and ninth-graders studying for their national exams. Then she interacted with the catering students and answered their questions. She complimented Kelvin for what he and his team accomplished since her last visit in 2018. 

Martina hopes to work with us in developing a children’s clothing line which Myrtle provided some suggestions. Also, she wants our junior high students to participate in the essay contest she started with Grand Bassa County schools. Thank you again, Martina, for your return visit!

And then there was light… UDS Electrician Students Testing Their New Lab Table

And then there was light… UDS Electrician Students Testing Their New Lab Table

UDS Instructor Emmett Kilby took this video of his students demonstrating how their new lab table works. He calls out each group to turn off and on the light sockets. Group A is the Vocational Training Students (gold shirts), and Group B is the Academic-Vocational Students (blue shirts).

An anonymous donor recently asked where they could help the most. We said the electrician students need help in developing their learning lab in Liberia. This table is the first part. The rest of their donation is to remodel an area in our center for their permanent lab.